Your Summer Reading for this course consists of a required Part one and Part
two, and a strongly recommended Part three. Completion of parts one and two,
and submission as per the timeline detailed below, will represent a
significant portion of the students’ first quarter grades.
written assignments below must be typed, printed, and saved. They will be
collected on the first day the student enters AP English Language and
Composition. The answers to the Rachel Carson discussion questions will also
be submitted to turnitin.com once students enroll in class account during the
first week of school. The responses will be used to make a connection between
the Environmental movement Carson helped start in the mid-twentieth century,
and the state of environmental protection and stewardship in the US today.
This summer reading
is assigned to all Miami Beach High students matriculating into AP English
Language and Composition for the 2017-2018 school year.
The assignment may
be accessed at:
http://miamibeachhigh.schoolwires.com under the
“Students” tab, then by clicking “Student Summer Reading”
Reading Assignment: Acquire a copy of
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,
preferably the version with the afterward by Edward O. Wilson.
As the cover
suggests, this book (copyright 1962) is credited as having launched the
modern environmental movement.
Answer the following five Discussion
Questions as you read the book. These questions are drawn for the
following website. There is a short film clip of the PBS American Experience
Documentary about Rachel Carson on this website as well:
your assertions using direct evidence from the book (including page number
citations), and reasoning.
) What are the benefits and risks associated with the use of DDT?
) Why was the broad use of DDT accepted by society in the 1950s? Who
benefited from the use of DDT in large quantities? Why do you think Rachel
Carson's message was not well received by some people at the time her book
) Poisons have three ways of entering the human body: through the lungs by
breathing, through the skin by absorption, and through the digestive tract by
eating or drinking. Knowing this, what is your reaction to some of the scenes
you read in Silent Spring? Be specific in describing the ‘scenes’ and
attribute the page numbers.
) Support, refute, or qualify the Rachel Carson's idea that humans have
"a fundamental right to a healthy environment."
What is Carson’s argument about cancer prevention and treatment in the United
States in the book? Support your response with concrete text and reasoning.
Part Two: AP English Language and Composition Summer
English Language and Composition
Miami Beach Senior
STUDENTS: Your Summer
Reading for this course consists of Part one and Part two. Completion of both
parts is required and will represent a significant portion of the students’
first semester grades.
PART TWO (REQUIRED):
Rationale: One objective of the AP English Language and Composition
course is that students become adept at considering multiple viewpoints about
a subject, then demonstrate an ability to draw and support conclusions about
that subject based on an identifiable system of belief or ethical code. An AP
Chief Reader once metaphorically called this synthesizing of various source
material into a cohesive, argumentative point of view ‘having a conversation
As a class, we will be synthesizing
information about the natural environment from a variety of sources. This
common class conversation will be
based on information of historical significance, as well as decisions and
actions that are occurring today that will impact the natural environment.
Students must read
4 contemporary articles that in some way pertain to the natural environment. Students
must use at least 3 different print or electronic media sources to access
these articles. The articles read and summarized for this assignment must be
taken from resources published after January 2017 , and must be drawn from
reliable, creditable sources.
Students must write
a one paragraph summary of each article, noting the article’s main ideas,
whether the article’s writer is mostly objective or mostly subjective, and
how the article informs an engaged populace about this modern concern.
Students must also create an MLA
bibliographic citation for each article.
Use the following
resource to Cite the articles in current MLA format:
These 4 articles
and their citations must be drawn from at least 3 different media outlets.
Summary Responses must be typed and printed. This work is to be submitted
upon the student’s entering AP English Language and Composition on his or her
first day of school.
(Optional, Strongly Recommended)
It is also strongly
suggested that students heading into AP English Language and Composition read
and note major take-aways about the curriculum of this course by accessing
the Course Guide for this subject. To do so, go to
apcentral.collegeboard.org, scroll over “Exam Home Pages,” click AP English
Language and Composition, and then click “Course Description”. Or you may
follow the url below to get to the AP English Lang. and Comp. Course