AP Language and Composition

**UPDATE** There is a new AP Language course description document. Please use the updated link: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/ap-english-language-and-composition-course-and-exam-description_0.pdf

Please click here for the AP Language and Composition summer reading assignment.

Please read the document in its entirety, as there are many requirements to the summer reading assignment.

List of essays for analysis (Choose SIX of the fourteen options below). Click on each title to access the readings. This collection comes from The Best American Essays of the Century (edited by Joyce Carol Oates). Although purchasing this book is not required, it is a great collection of non-fiction works.

  1. 1901: Mark Twain, Corn-pone Opinions
  2. 1909: John Muir, Stickeen
  3. 1923: Ernest Hemingway, Pamplona in July (pages 1-9 only)
  4. 1925: H.L. Mencken, The Hills of Zion
  5. 1928: Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me (pages 1-4 only)
  6. 1937: Richard Wright, The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch
  7. 1941: E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
  8. 1949: Langston Hughes, Bop (from The Best American Essays of the Century)
  9. 1955: James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
  10. 1957: Eudora Welty, A Sweet Devouring
  11. 1967: N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
  12. 1970: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (from The Best American Essays of the Century)
  13. 1972: John McPhee, The Search for Marvin Gardens
  14. 1980: Richard Rodriguez, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood

 

For any questions regarding the AP Language summer reading assignment, please contact:

Ms. Mariko Antonaccimariko.antonacci@cobbk12.org

Ms. Velrastine Shaw, velrastine.shaw@cobbk12.org

Mr. Sam Evans, samuel.evans@cobbk12.org  

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