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Pre-AP Summer Coursework (9th Grade Honors)

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


Click on each of the four items below for specific instructions - including how to obtain the text:

The above list must be completed by the first day of the new school year. The analysis packet is 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. 


      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 this book.

      5) The AP Literary Analysis Sheet will be difficult

Don't stress. You may not have encountered certain aspects of this sheet in the past. Don't worry. Do the best you can. In fact, try to do better than you ever would have in the past - you are in Honors English, after all. 

If you have a question, email your instructor. Don't wait until the last minute to get your questions answered because, by then, they will be busy getting ready for the new school year and probably will not be able to help you.