AP English Literature



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(updated 2/17/21)


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AP LIT Summer Assignment 2021
All AP Lit. teachers (Ms. Kim / Ms. Sego / Dr. Warner) will be using the same summer assignment below -- brought to you courtesy of Ms. Sego.
MS Word & PDF Formats:






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If Schoology did not let you add the summer assignment course, please email me your first and last name, as found in classroom rosters, and I will add you as soon as possible (usually within an hour). I am here: alejandra.p.vargas@lausd.net (Dr. Warner).



DUE DATE: AUGUST 17, 2021 -- Please be prepared to electronically submit your AP English Literature & Composition summer assignment on August 17, 2021.  


This assignment will be a major factor on your five week progress report. You will also write an in-class essay on the play during the first two weeks of school in August.


Instructors teaching AP LIT.: Ms. Kim, Ms. Sego, and Dr. Warner  (jak1220@lausd.net, kfs8419@lausd.net, or alejandra.p.vargas@lausd.net respectively)This is subject to change depending on enrollment figures and other factors.


Should an assignment issue or tech-related concern emerge and another method is needed, you may contact me directly at alejandra.p.vargas@lausd.net (Dr. Warner).



ASSIGNMENT (included online on Schoology and as an attachment above):


I. Reading: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

You may get a copy of the play from the library, a used bookstore, or purchase a copy from a bookstore or online. For an e-text click here:  A Raisin in the Sun


Using MLA format, write a fully developed, carefully planned, and well-organized essay on Lorraine Hansberry’s domestic drama A Raisin in the Sun in which you discuss how the protagonist changes over the course of the play. What is the main character like at the beginning of the drama, what event is the catalyst for their change, and what is that character like at the end of the play as a result of the events in the drama?


Be sure to include:

TAG (title, author, genre)

embedded quotes

full explanation


Proofread when finished to make sure you have followed all parts of the prompt, and that you have corrected any errors in grammar or punctuation.


II. Data Sheets: here


If you have questions about any part of this assignment, please visit our classrooms (Ms. Kim - C100, Ms. Sego - A207, Dr. Warner - A216) or contact Dr. Warner aalejandra.p.vargas@lausd.net.





AP Literature Reading Tips

We encourage you to to read as much as you can before the AP test.  Enhancing your reading comprehension is one of the best ways to improve your test performance.  For those with super busy schedules next year, bolstering your reading skills will help you especially. Attached is a list of the top texts used on the test and suggested by the AP College Board.  Enjoy!


It's also helpful for the AP Lit. test to have a sense of major literary periods -- you will be better able to contextualize your essays when you know what important periods influence the works you read. 







A few texts you may be reading in AP:

Literary Periods
Developing a sense of major literary periods will help you better contextualize your essays as you write your AP essays. See below for a basic overview: