AP Lit Summer 2020





Welcome to the Summer Work Page for AP Literature!

Here is the best place to keep track of all we are doing! My goal is to give you a taste of the course before the fall, set up and pilot our online community, check your work ethic a bit, and to prepare you for the skills and tech-approach we will use for the course. We actually begin our curriculum here, so what you learn will be relevant to us keeping the class on schedule as we get going in the fall.  All work for the summer will count as scores in the first marking period report card.



The Basic Summer Work Packet (pdf)

Completing Summer Work without Internet Access (to follow)



June  Get registered and receive our summer set-up materials

July   Read Alice in Wonderland with us; Participate in our online activities

August   Read Flatland; Participate in our online activities

Optional extra novel reading

Essay   On Flatland, by first day of class


Alice in Wonderland


I will soon post here some resources and approaches we will use to our reading of Alice!


Read the novel Flatland


You’ve received a copy of the book. Review the resources and complete the novel in July. Then compose the required essay by the first day of school. Flatland will form a foundation for much of our discussion through the year.

  • July:  Read the novel, annotating as you wish
  • August 15: Optional Flatland essay-writing workshop, 10-12, Room 105 (probably!)
  • August 24: Post your ideas about the novel and your paper in the chisnell.com Forum
  • Sept. 3:  Essay due in Google Drive folder by midnight


The August Novel


As a Bonus, choose one (or more!) of the August novels to work with. This will allow you three areas to build extra credit going into the school year:

  1. You will have more places to post ideas on the chisnell.com Forums.
  2. You will have more places to learn and show your learning on Moodle with a Late Sept due date for that work.
  3. You can write an extra paper for Late Sept to build your skills.

And yes, you can do this for multiple novels!  This year’s choices:

  • Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
  • Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
  • Kate Chopin, The Awakening
  • Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Gabriel Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude


AP Couth Nights


About once each month, we’ll look for some uncommon theater or musical experience to optionally go to.  Each experience is unique (dance, multi-media, cuisine, etc.) and each venue is different.  Take the survey to offer some preferences on what you’d like to try!



Keeping in Touch


The worst part about summer is thinking you can’t communicate.  Not possible!  There are dozens of ways to find me this summer, and there are some that work more readily than others. In any event, expect me to reach out regularly!

Some Key Dates:

  • More to be added . . . 
  • August ??:  Perhaps an early Couth Night to Shakespeare in the Park performance

And still other ways to contact me, even through this website . . . !