Summer Assignment for AP English IV

You must do both summer assignments. Both assignments should be typed.

AP English IV Summer Assignment 1

You must read Lord of the Flies by William Golding over the summer.

And this poem

 “I Stood upon a High Place” by Stephen Crane

I stood upon a high place,

And saw, below, many devils

Running, leaping,

and carousing in sin.

One looked up, grinning,

And said, "Comrade! Brother!

Answer the following prompt:

In some works of literature, childhood and adolescence are portrayed as times graced by innocence and a sense of wonder; in other works, they are depicted as times of tribulation and terror. Explain how the novel and the poem might represent childhood or adolescence adversities to shape the meaning of the works as a whole. You must tie together the poem AND the book in your writing.

You must have textual evidence in the prompt writing. The most important part of doing an AP prompt is following directions.

AP English IV Summer Assignment 2

You must read both The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. You must write a paragraph analyzing the play using six of the following perspectives. Simply put, you must have a total of 6 paragraphs.

Assignment specifics: Write a paragraph where you use a perspective to analyze a story. Do not put all the paragraphs together; make them a separate paragraph for each perspective. A proper paragraph must have at LEAST 5 sentences. It should have an intro sentence that tells your subject for the paragraph, 3 detail sentences that back up what you say and a concluding sentence. Remember to include textual evidence.

Perspectives to use:  (An explanation of each perspective can be easily found on the internet.)

 

Formalist Criticism

Biographical Perspective

Historical Perspective

Psychological Perspective

Sociological/Marxist Perspective

Feminist Perspective

Reader-Response Perspective

Mythological Perspective

Constructive Perspective

Deconstructive Perspective

Cultural Studies Perspective


This assignment is due the FIRST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR REGARDLESS OF WHICH SEMESTER YOU HAVE ENGLISH.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE ASSIGNMENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN AUGUST, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE IN AP ENGLISH IV.

If you have trouble with the assignment, contact one of the AP IV teachers:


Ann Fennell – afennell@harnett.k12.nc.us

Susan Sibbach – ssibbach@harnett.k12.nc.us