2017-2018 · AP Language & Composition · Homework

AP Language & Composition: Summer Assignment

Welcome to AP Language & Composition! I’m excited to have you, some of the top English students here at ESUMS, in my class this year!

AP Language & Composition combines the study of rhetoric with the study of literature. Expectations for this course are high. We will move through texts quickly, analyze them in depth, and work persistently to better understand how authors write effectively in order to inform and persuade. Throughout this course, you will expand your vocabulary, improve your writing through the use of proper grammar and sound writing conventions, and become much more well read. In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, each AP Language student must complete a summer assignment. This assignment, which is split into three parts, is designed to get you into the mode of thinking critically about the information you come across every day.

Google Classroom

To get started, enroll in our Google Classroom. You can do so by accepting my email invitation or by visiting classroom.google.com, clicking the + at the top right, and entering the class code h2kcmo9. All assignments for AP Language should be submitted through Classroom.

Summer Assignment Files

Course information, assignments, and resources will also be posted on this website. I can be reached over the summer and during the school year at emily.wasley@nhps.net. Use your student email address (@nhps.net) when contacting me.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the summer assignment or the AP Language course in general. A detailed syllabus will be distributed in the fall.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Wasley

2016-2017 · Announcements · English 1 · English 2 · Homework · Marking Period 4 · Performance Tasks

English 1 & 2: ROUGH DRAFTS DUE 5/22 (A) & 5/23 (B)

Hello everyone!

The rough draft of your M4 performance task is due on Monday, 5/22 (A) & Tuesday, 5/23 (B).

Each class will be conducting peer reviews. Your rough draft counts toward your final performance task grade and your participation in peer review will be graded as double classwork.

Please bring a PRINTED copy of your paper to class. Contact me if you do not have access to a printer.

Also, I sent out an email about MLA formatting. Please be sure to check that email and follow the instructions.

Contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great day,

Mrs. Wasley

2016-2017 · English 1 · Marking Period 4 · Performance Tasks

English 1: M4 Performance Task – Written Speech

For Marking Period 4, your task is to compose and deliver a written speech that uses the rhetorical elements and techniques we have discussed in class. Your speech should persuade your audience toward a specific position on a topic that you find interesting.

Requirements: You will need to include the following in your written speech:

  • SOAPSTone elements
  • Ethos, pathos, and logos
  • Personal narrative
  • Researched information (with sources) to support the points you are making
  • Appropriate word choice (diction) appropriate for your intended audience
  • Diction techniques: (choose 2: parallel structure, anaphora, and/or polysyndeton)

Presentation: After you have written your speech, you must present it to the class in some format. You may simply read your speech, use a multimedia approach (like the TED Talks we have seen), or record an audio/film version to share with the class.

See the Google Doc for the complete guidelines.

Your final speech is due Thursday, 5/31 (A) and Friday, 6/1 (B)

2016-2017 · English 2 · Marking Period 4 · Performance Tasks

English 2: M4 Performance Task – Sci-Fi Comparative Analysis

For Marking Period 4, your task is to compose a comparative analysis that addresses one of the following prompts.

A. Is there hope in a post-apocalyptic world? Use evidence from The Road and at least one other text. Think about instances in the texts where the reader may glimpse how hope can exist in a post-apocalyptic world.

B. What are rules of humanity and to what extent are they followed in a post-apocalyptic world? Use evidence from The Road and at least one other text. Include examples from both texts that reveal how the rules are followed and how humanity is breaking down.
Note: Although you must use The Road as one text in your speech, you can choose to use “Wall-E” AND/OR a text not studied in class. This text can be another novel, short story, poem, movie, television show, video game, or another type of media. Remember: Your examples from both texts must be SPECIFIC. You must use MLA formatting when citing each text both in-line and in your Works Cited page.

See the Google Doc for the complete guidelines.

Your final paper is due Thursday, 5/31.