AP Language Summer Coursework  (12th Grade)

NOTE: 
Read this entire page BEFORE 
            beginning the summer coursework.

SUMMER COURSEWORK

Click on each of the seven items below for specific instructions:






6) Obtain Required Text: The Norton Reader, 11th Edition (This does not need to be read before the school year starts.)

NOTE ON THE COST OF TEXTBOOKS:


All of the four texts listed above can be found on Amazon.com for one penny, plus shipping, each. (For a total of about $16.00) If you don't have the money to pay for these texts, talk to your parents. If they say that it is too much of a financial burden, contact Kane at the email address listed at the bottom of this page. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF SUMMER TO CONTACT KANE ABOUT COST.

7) Obtain Required Text: The first text of your research topic 
(This does not need to be read before the school year starts.) 




The above list of 7 tasks must be completed by Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, the first day of the new school year. 
The essay and two analysis packets are due on this day. All required texts are due on this day. 
There will also be a test on the first day covering all of the above requirements. Be prepared for it. The test will not be difficult unless you have not done the assigned work. No excuses will be accepted. So if you plan on breaking your arms and legs later in the summer, then you should get the work done early, because you will still have to take the test in a full-body cast.  




TIPS FOR GETTING THE SUMMER COURSEWORK DONE

      1) Don't procrastinate! 

Make a plan, set an agenda. For example, you could login to Google Calendar and put your reading goals on your Google Calendar. Also, tell your parents about the summer coursework. Ask them to help you keep on track. As of today, you have a long summer stretching out before you. Four pages per day isn't much. It would be lousy to wait until the last minute and have to 
cram to get it all done.
 

      2) Create a quiet zone for reading 

Whether it is your bedroom, your living room, or your backyard, get rid of all distractions. Leave your phone in the next room and keep the music turned off. Whatever you do, don't lie down to read. You know you'll fall asleep. Even worse, falling asleep when you read will train your mind to get sleepy whenever you read.


      3) Phone a friend

Get a study group together or call a friend from the class. Talk about the text. Figure it out together.


      4) Don't rush through the text

Pace yourself and enjoy the literature. There is a reason that so many people have read these books.



EXAMPLES OF UNACCEPTABLE EXCUSES

  • I didn't understand the texts.
  • I couldn't find the work.
  • My computer broke.
  • I only just got back from a trip.
  • I didn't have access to a computer.
If you have a question, email Kane. Don't wait until the last minute to get your questions answered because, by then, I will be busy getting ready for the new school year and probably will not be able to help you.