English AP Literature and Composition

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Text for Required Summer Reading:

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini (ISBN: 9781594631931)

Note: You must obtain your own copy of this text.  As you read, you will perform a careful textual analysis, which requires underlining, highlighting, and taking notes in the margins.  Summer reading is a requirement; it is not an option. You need to read these works and complete the requisite assignments by the first day of class.


What to do during and after you read:  Complete summary notes        

You must complete "summary notes."  This is not an essay. Be concise.  Ensure that what you produce is your own work.  It is ok to collaborate, but present all information in your own words.


What is required to be in your summary notes?

1) Title of the book:  

What is the title's significance?  How does the title influence your reading of the text? How would you title the text?


2) Author: 

A few sentences of biographical info. You will likely need to go to an outside source for this information.  DO NOT CUT AND PASTE AND CITE YOUR SOURCE(S).  Consider whether your understanding of the author's life changes your understanding of the text.


3) Writing Style: 

What, is distinctive about the use or manipulation of diction and syntax (You should look up these terms.)? How does the author's word choice and sentence structure contribute to the development of the characters, setting, and plot?  How would you characterize his/her use of sentence structure? How does the author utilize irony as a devise? Does the author employ hyperbole or other methods of distortion? How prevalently does the author use figurative language?  How do all of these ingredients affect the way you make meaning from the text?


4) Settings:  

What are the major settings in the novel? How are the settings used symbolically?  In what ways does the setting expand your understanding/restrict it? When was the novel set? How did historical and or cultural context shape this novel?  You may need to do a little research here too.


5) Character Analysis 

List the characters and establish their dominant characteristics and motives. You must include all of the following characters: Amir, Hassan, Baba, Ali, Sohrab, Soraya, Rahim Khan, Farid, and Assef. Explain their relationship to the other characters and their main purpose in the novel.  Are they round/flat?  Dynamic/static?  You must include both your conclusions and the quotes that best helped you to reach these conclusions. 


6) Symbols

Identify any symbols within the text, and using quotes from the book make assertions about what you think they might represent.


7) Tone: 

What is the dominant tone of the novel?  How does it or does it change over the course of the novel?  How is the tone created/maintained?

8) Conflicts: 

What are the primary conflicts that drive the novel:  person vs. person, person vs. society, person vs. cosmos, person vs nature, person vs. self, etc.  What do these conflicts serve to reveal about the characters and/or humanity in general.


9) Theme:  

What are the major themes in this work?  Make sure you understand the meaning of the word. Themes generally relate to what a text reveals to us about what it means to be human.  Make sure you come up with your own, and include both your reasoning and the evidence, preferably quotes, that best supports this position.


10) Direct Quotations:  

Choose five direct quotations from the novel.  These quotes should establish the theme of the work, elucidate the identity of a character, be particularly thought provoking, etc. )  Make sure to use parenthetical documentation, so that we may easily find these quotes within the text.  Include an explanation regarding the significance of these quotes.

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Ms. Karalyn Mullins

Mr. Justin Morrill

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