I am my Brothers' Keeper: Justice and Society What does it mean to live in community?
WELCOME TO AP LANGUAGE: SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS
Introduction and Assignments
Welcome! Please read this introduction letter with your initial assignments. You will be required to complete these assignments and complete each module below before the first week of school. A format for your double entry journals is also below, please create a word document or google doc using this template and share it with me!
Summer Module 1: Reading and Reflecting on a non-fiction Text - Exploring Justice
The novel "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie is a classic murder mystery. It is also a meditation on the nature of justice, guilt, freedom, and social relations. As you read, try to look at the reading from different viewpoints or "lenses". How would a Catholic read this book? How would a Feminist read it? How might a Historian? Also, consider what message the author is trying to send to us, what is the "lesson" and how does she use language to teach us that "lesson"? Enjoy this read and make sure to complete your double entry journal (15 entries) for it! We'll have both an activity and an exam on this reading in the first weeks of school.
Module 2 - Synthesis and Analysis of Pre-20th Century Texts
In this unit, we will begin to explore how different worldviews shaped our perception of what it means to live in a society. Specifically, we will explore ideas and philosophies that shaped American life, both those that have been part of the dominant social strata and those who have been excluded from the great conversation.
Your primary task during this unit is to build your skills in evaluating complex non-fiction texts and to work to synthesize your ideas to support your own construction of what it means to be an American. As part of this unit, you will interview members of your own community and other individuals of your own choosing. Your synthesis essay at the end of this unit comprises both your Junior Capstone project AND your summative assessment for the skill of argumentation through synthesis.
Your first assignment - Read Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and "Gyges' Ring"