**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.
- 1901: Mark Twain, Corn-pone Opinions
- 1909: John Muir, Stickeen
- 1923: Ernest Hemingway, Pamplona in July (pages 1-9 only)
- 1925: H.L. Mencken, The Hills of Zion
- 1928: Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me (pages 1-4 only)
- 1937: Richard Wright, The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch
- 1941: E.B. White, Once More to the Lake
- 1949: Langston Hughes, Bop (from The Best American Essays of the Century)
- 1955: James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
- 1957: Eudora Welty, A Sweet Devouring
- 1967: N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
- 1970: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (from The Best American Essays of the Century)
- 1972: John McPhee, The Search for Marvin Gardens
- 1980: Richard Rodriguez, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
For any questions regarding the AP Language summer reading assignment, please contact:
Ms. Mariko Antonacci, email@example.com
Ms. Velrastine Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Sam Evans, email@example.com