Read two of the following works of non-fiction thoroughly. When you return to school in the fall, you should be able to write intelligently about the ideas, arguments, concepts, and writing style of each work. Pay particular attention to the central argument(s) of each work, and how the author connects with her audience. Some of these works are very challenging; make sure to read carefully and consider finding a partner to read and discuss the text with you. Download the complete list of books here. I have one copy of each book available for checkout. Once you’ve decided on a book, feel free to come check it out.
Also, please select one of the blogs listed here  or an editorial columnist and follow his/her work during the summer.
A final suggestion would be to read as many articles from quality magazines like The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and/or Harper’s Magazine during the summer.

Students entering AP Literature in the fall should read The Odyssey and one additional text from the list located on this page. Read each text thoroughly, paying close attention to how the author constructs meaning and demonstrates style.

Students entering AP Language in the fall should read The New Kings of Non-Fiction and one other title from the list available on this page. Read each text thoroughly, with particular attention paid to style and argumentation.

Students entering AP Language would also benefit greatly from becoming more familiar with current events and social issues. Periodicals like The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic Monthly would be great sources.

The Sanders revisions will be available in this folder by Tuesday morning (oops, of course I meant night). If you’d like to revise them for extra credit, they are due by Friday evening.

  • Satire Notes
  • Parody Notes
  • My Satirical Self (Wyatt Mason)
  • Shooting an Elephant (George Orwell)
  • A Modest Proposal (Jonathan Swift)
  • Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain (Jessica Mitford)
  • The Damned Human Race (Mark Twain)
  • Bringing Sexy Back (Maureen Dowd)
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The iMe


Books: The Shame of the Nation, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Articles: Serve or Fail (Eggers), Why We Built the Ivory Tower (Fish), Dehumanized (Harpers), How Public School Cripples (Gatto), My Pedagogic Creed (Dewey), Most Likely to Succeed (Gladwell), Pedagogy of the Oppressor (Stern)

Videos: George Siemens (Deschooling) and Kenneth Robinson (How Schools Destroy Creativity)

Project: San Antonio v. Rodriguez Decision

Notes: Critical Pedagogy, Gladwell, and Deschooling, John Dewey


Information about the San Antonio School District v. Rodriguez debate is available here:supreme_court_070615_ms

The debate and written portion of this assignment will be due the day of the semester final.