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Dual Enrollment - ENC 1101/1102

The summer reading will help you get a head start on the grammar concepts covered in this course. ENC1101 concludes with a grammar final exam that counts as 10% of your grade for the class.

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PVHS Dual Enrollment students should read:

Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Conner

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT – On a single sheet of paper using both sides (not typed): (Printable Version of this Assignment)

  1. Write down each chapter’s title name.
  2. Summarize the grammar rules explained in the chapter as well as list examples when helpful.

There are ten to twelve chapters in the book depending upon which edition you use. You will take a grammar pre-test the first week of class and this information will come in handy for it. Contact Mrs. Rolison at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

The one-page notes will be due on the FIRST day of class.

AP Language and Composition

The focus of AP Language and Composition is non-fiction. The most successful AP Language students are able to make connections between texts they are reading and history, current events and society.

How to Read Non-Fiction Like a Professor CoverPVHS AP Language students should read:

How to Read Non-Fiction Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

You will use the concepts in this book throughout the year with texts we read in class. (Printable Version of this Assignment)

Summer Reading Assignment: The book is divided into five sections. You are to write up a summary of the basic concepts Mr. Foster presents in each section. Clearly label each section.

Apply: Find a primary source for one of the categories discussed in the book. Read and annotate the text using elements Mr. Foster illustrates in the section.

This assignment will be due the FIRST day of class.

AP English Literature and Composition

Students who are enrolled in AP English Literature and Composition are REQUIRED to complete the summer reading assignment.

If you have questions regarding this assignment, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] before summer break end as it is due the day you return to school in August. Our suggestion is to get the books in hand before final exam week to begin your exploration of them.

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PVHS AP Literature students should read:

  1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition by Thomas C. Foster

    Read this text FIRST. Please get this revised edition. You may also print the PDF available on-line.

  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (unabridged) by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn CoverThis assignment has three separate parts explained in detail in this printable version of the assignment. 

You will share your passages and responses with the class during discussions the first few days of school. You will also be required to respond to others’ analysis to demonstrate your understanding of the entire text. You will not need to turn in a formal paper, but you should come to class with extensive notes prepared. Are you up to the challenge of AP Literature?

AP Seminar

In AP Seminar you will develop and practice the skills in research, collaboration, and communication. You’ll investigate topics in a variety of subject areas, write research-based essays, and design and give presentations both individually and as part of a team. As required summer reading, you are to complete two assignments. Both assignments are due on the first day of class. I’ve included a rubric, sample articles, and a sample response to show you what I expect for both assignments. (Printable Version of the Assignment)

Assignment #1 :

Read the article, “Everyone Thinks Americans are Selfish. They’re Wrong” by Abigail Marsh. Then respond to the following three questions. Before responding to the questions, print and annotate the article. Your annotations should include, but should not be limited to, underlining or highlighting evidence and claims in two different colors –annotation is a requirement for all texts read in AP Seminar.

  1. Identify the author’s argument, main idea, or thesis.
  2. Explain the author’s line of reasoning by identifying the claims used to build the argument and the connections between them.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the evidence the author uses to support the claims made in the argument.

“Everyone Thinks Americans are Selfish. They’re Wrong” by Abigail Marsh —Read at the New York Times or PDF Format

Assignment #2 : Read and evaluate the following four texts:

  1. Harper’s Magazine May 2022 Index – Read at
    (Analyze the index for a common theme within the list and then tie it to the other sources below)
  2. “The Really Big One” by Kathryn Schulz —Read at the New Yorker or PDF Format
  3. “Doppelgangers” This American Life (podcast) —Read the transcript at This American Life
  4. “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers” by Adam Grant —Read the TED Talk transcript

Please review the rubric, sample articles, and a sample response for what is expected with Assignment#2.

First, think of these four texts as a collection. That said, what makes them a collection? What binds them together? Go beyond the obvious. Try to see these texts – and their possible meanings – from multiple viewpoints. What central idea, issue, tension, or conflict do these three texts have in common? Note that there is no single correct answer; the possibilities are, perhaps, limitless. Use whatever notetaking strategy works for you to documenting your thinking. Please be ready to share your thoughts with your classmates and your notes and annotations with us.

Second, once you have identified what unites these texts as a collection, propose one additional text-written, audio, visual, and otherwise –to add to this collection. You may select your text from any source you deem appropriate. Bring this text to class and be prepared to share your rationale for adding it. How does your choice deepen or extend the existing collection of texts? Please write a statement of theme for these four pieces and a single paragraph to justify your theme.

After you’ve read and annotated the five sources carefully, focusing on a theme or issue that connects them and the different perspectives each represents, write a logically organized, well-reasoned 1,000 – 1,200 word argument that presents your own perspective on the theme or issue you identified. You must incorporate at least two of the sources read and link the claims in your argument to your supporting evidence. you may also draw upon your own knowledge. In your response, refer to the provided sources as Source A, Source B, Source C, and Source D. Your source will become Source E.

Both assignments are due on the First Day of Class