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Poems from the Final Exam

“The Race” Sharon Olds

“The Frog in the Swimming Pool” Debora Greger

“Remembrance” Emily Bronte

“The North Star” Written for The North Star and edited by a fugitive slave

“Their Lonely Betters” W.H. Auden

“The Triple Fool”  John Donne

“The Faultless Painter” excerpts  Robert Browning

“Cuckoo’s Nest” Essential Lines

Essential Lines


Read your chapter carefully. Determine the following:


  1. Summary — A one or two sentence summary of the entire chapter.


  1. The Essential Line — The single, most impactful line from the chapter.  The one line that stands out the most. The one line that drives the plot, changes the tone, reveals character, provides a key symbol, image, motif, theme, or pattern.


  1. Commentary — One or two sentences that explain what that line does, shows, reveal, means, etc.

Reminders for your summer

The Remind password is @dhsapli


The Google Classroom class: vpcfly

Your summer essay should be submitted there.


The book you signed up to read (in B6) will be the book upon which you will be tested in August.

If you forgot to sign up for an “optional book” you will receive reduced credit on your first test.

Summer Essay Option

AP Lit Summer Essays

Choose one of the following essays for your summer writing.

1. Groups of three exist all over the world and in all facets of life: History, religion, science, mythology, economics, math, music, etc. Fiction is no exception. In this class you will see authors, essayists, and poets make use of the ubiquitous “groups of three.”  In a well-developed essay, create your group of three; anything school appropriate is fair game. The goal is to take three very disparate items. How are they connected? Why are they connected?

Be sure to include specific examples and thorough explanations as you connect the  “three” you have selected.

Examples you cannot use:

  • Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
  • Larry, Moe, and Curly
  • Ron, Harry, and Hermione
  • Athos, Porthos, and Aramis
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Any movie trilogy
  • Ethos, Logos, Pathos
  • The Fates
  • The Furies
  • Rock, paper, and Scissors
  • Bacon, lettuce, and tomato
  • Hear no, Speak no, See no
  • The Macbeth witches

2. A wise man once imparted that AP Lit is the most useless class one could take during high school.  People who never take AP Lit will wake up tomorrow, go to their respective jobs, kiss their 2.5 kids, and live perfectly normal lives.  Your job is to write a well-developed essay convincing me of the uselessness of this class, while providing an explanation as to why you are taking it anyway.

3. Since the beginning of civilization, man has been creating and telling stories.  So my question to you is simple: Why? In a well-developed (and probably thoroughly researched) essay, tell me why we tell stories.

All essays must be submitted to ___share with Atkins or Grodzicki on Google Classroom____________


no later than 11:59pm on _________August 19th_____________.


**All essays should be MLA format and 500-1000 words in length.**

Use  for assistance.

Required Reading for 2018-19

Summer Reading

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

and one of the following:

3a. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

3b. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

3c. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

3d. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3e. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy


Novels and plays to be read during school year

  1. Oedipus Rex  by Sophocles
  2. Antigone by Sophocles
  3. Othello by William Shakespeare
  4. Equus by Peter Shaffer
  5. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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