Summer Reading 2013 for English II Pre-AP



Welcome!  This assignment will allow evaluation of your reading, writing, and literary skills. 


The readings for this summer are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern AND  How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster.  You will need to bring your copies on the first day of class.  Try the local used bookstores or online vendors for inexpensive copies. 


In  How to Read Literature Like a Professor, you will need to read Chapters 1 through 10.  Other chapters will be assigned throughout the school year.  This selection is designed to help you read at a more advanced level rather than just reading for the story. Each chapter is structured by one main idea of literary analysis followed by examples for clarification. Make sure you understand the main idea for each chapter.  It is recommended you read this before reading and annotating The Night Circus. 


Please read all of The Night Circus. Evaluation of your summer reading will include a reading comprehension test on the first day of class.  This will be followed with a timed writing based on the novel during the second class.


To make the test, timed writing, and class discussions easier for you, it is highly recommended, but not required, that you annotate your novel. An excellent way to study the novel is to read a chapter all the way through to understand the content. Next, re-read the chapter making notes and marking literary devices.  Reading the entire novel through then making notations is not recommended.  Your notes and questions should reflect what you think as you read the novel, not just what you think when you finish.  As you read, mark interesting or important passages or add comments. Note characters and how they develop.  Write a short summary at the end of each chapter reviewing its key points.  . 


Review the notes you have taken as you read before coming to class the first day to prepare for the test. This novel will be the basis of the first unit of the semester.  Do not forget to bring your books with you the first day of class. 



Welcome to Pre-AP II!

Mark Ellis                      


Beth Sullivan                


English II Pre-AP

Guyer High School

While reading The Night Circus, annotate for main plot points, character development, imagery, symbols, and motifs.


plot – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution


characterization the author’s method of creating characters in literature.

Five methods of characterization

A.        Physical description

B.        Character’s actions

C.        Direct statements by narrator

D.        Character’s thoughts and comments

E.        Other characters thoughts and comments about the character


imagery -  the sensory details that provide vividness in a literary work and tend to arouse emotions or feelings in a reader that abstract language does not.


symbol – something that means more than what it is. It is a concrete object, a person, a situation, an action or some other item that has a literal meaning in the work but suggests or represents other abstract ideas or emotions meanings as well.  For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird, the mocking bird represents innocence and Boo Radley represents the unknown and then the desire to help others.


motif - a theme, device, event, or character that is developed through nuance and repetition.  For example, in Romeo and Juliet, there is the repetition of feuds.  The play opens with the feuding servants, and it is repeated again during the party, the balcony scene, the deaths of Mercutio and Paris, and the final scene.  Each fight is different, but all point to the theme of the uselessness of violence.



Things You Should Know Coming into Pre-AP English II


Basic capitalization and punctuation skills


Basic parts of speech

            Noun                          Verbs – action, linking, and helping        Adjective

            Adverb                       Direct object                                                  Indirect object

            Predicate adjective  Predicate Noun                                            Prepositions


Literary Elements and Terms


Protagonist                Antagonist                             Allusion                     Conflict

Flashback                 Foreshadowing                    Hyperbole                  Imagery

Dramatic Irony          Situational irony                   Verbal Irony              Metaphor

Mood                          Personification                     Point of view             Simile

Symbolism                Theme                                    Tone


If you do not know these terms, it is recommended you study them over the summer.    If you still need extra help, you should attend tutorials as soon as possible when school begins.