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Summer Reading AP Language and Composition (11th grade)
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Monday, May 23, 2016
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Summer Reading is required for upcoming juniors enrolled in Advanced Placement Language and Composition.

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

This assignment can also be found in Word Document formal on the following link: 

I am excited that you have chosen the course Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. This course is designed to help students read and write effectively in a variety of contexts and situations, including the synthesis of rhetorical techniques, source materials, and texts.

In preparation for the upcoming year, all students will be required to complete a summer reading activity as well as a rhetorical terms activity. The reading may be purchased, checked out from a library, or read online for free at During the first few days of school, the students will be required to take a test on the assigned reading, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Any notes taken while completing the reading can be used for the test.

Your first assignment is to complete an annotation guide during your reading that will identify rhetorical elements and ideas. You will create three two-column charts for each of the following ideas and include three quotes for each one within the chart. Also, briefly explain each quote and how it identifies this specific strategy of rhetoric.

A.          Important emotional (pathos) passages/quotes
(i.e. passages intended to get an emotional response and make the audience/reader feel a certain way)

B.         Important logical (logos) passages/quotes
(i.e. passages that provide logical, rational reasons)

C.         Important moral/ethical (ethos) passages/quotes
(i.e. passages about what is    morally right or wrong; passages that show Douglass’s credibility as a writer)


Example: Emotional/pathos


“I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me, and behold a man transformed into a brute.”


This passage tugs on heartstrings and allows the reader to feel sympathy and sadness. These emotions create a bond between Douglass and the reader. This bond pulls the reader in and leaves him/her wanting to know more. Also, it causes the reader to root for Douglass during his struggles.



















            Your second assignment is to create a 4x6 card for each of the following rhetorical terms. Put the term on one side and the definition on the other. Please limit the space you use to write the definition. You will be adding examples to the definition side throughout the upcoming year. If you find any examples while reading the assigned text, please add it to your card. The created flashcards will be graded based on completion.


1.      Anecdote        

2.      Perspective

3.      Aphorism

4.      Contradiction

5.      Apostrophe

6.      Oxymoron

7.      Allusion

8.      Syllogism

9.      Satire

10.  Foil

11.  Epitaph

12.  Parody

13.  Delayed sentence (periodic)

14.  Sarcasm

15.  Expletive

16.  Irony

17.  Eulogy

18.  Paradox

19.  Epiphany

20.  Onomatopoeia

21.  Diction

22.  Utopia

23.  Hyperbole

24.  Chiasmus

25.  Thesis

26.  Litote

27.  Doppelganger

28.  Zeugma

29.  Ethos

30.  Propaganda

31.  Didactic

32.  Formal Language

33.  Allegory

34.  Abstract

35.  In medias res

36.   Colloquial

37.  Isocolon

38.  Aesthetic

39.  Juxtaposition

40.  Elegy

41.  Antihero

42.  Catharsis

43.  Epigraph

44.  Motif

45.  Parallelism

46.  Anaphora

47.  Anadiplosis

48.  Imagery

49.  Euphemism

50.  Genre Voice

51.  Tone

52.  Theme


53.  Protagonist

54.  Denotation

55.  Mood

56.  Realism

57.  Prose

58.  Audience

59.  Asyndeton

60.  Deductive

61.  Assonance

62.  Alliteration

63.  Consonance

64.  Invective

65.  Point of view

66.  Persona

67.  Syntax

68.  Personification

69.  Anachronism

70.  Ambiguity

71.  Connotation

72.  Transition words

73.  Begging the question

74.  Foreshadow

75.     canon



Thank you for choosing AP Language and Composition. I am looking forward to our 2016-2017 school year.


Mrs. Holderfield

AP Language and Composition

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