Madison Public Schools - Summer Assignment 2015

    AP Literature and Composition

    Mr. Ellrott



    Assignment rationale/Objective:  To practice reading and literary analysis skills to prepare for AP level coursework.  This assignment will help familiarize students will the type of style and content analysis they will be performing in the first unit of course instruction.  The summer readings also give students a good sense of modern American literature so they are prepared to discuss the differences between contemporary literature and more traditional forms of literature.    

    Required materials:  The reading materials and questions for the assignment are posted on Mr. Ellrott’s web page. 

    Overview instructions:  Please see the attached assignment pages for instructions and assignment details.

    Estimated time for completion/Suggested pacing:  10-12 hours

    Number of points:  60 pts.

    Percentage of first marking period grade:  10-15%

    Process for requesting help over the summer:  Email Mr. Ellrott at ellrottj@madisonpublicschools.org

    if you have any questions.



    AP Literature Summer Assignment 2015

    Read The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories edited by Tobias Wolff and complete the story analysis questions for your 6 favorite stories (questions attached, analysis of each story is worth 10 points).  Also be sure to read and take notes on Tobias Wolff’s introduction to the volume.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions at ellrottj@madisonpublicschools.org



    AP Lit

    Mr. Ellrott

    Short Story Analysis Questions

    Question:  How does the style communicate the meaning?


    Primary Stylistic Elements (irony, point of view, characterization, setting, etc.):




    Primary Conflicts (internal and external):




    Primary Themes/Meanings (be specific, for ex., death is not an adequate theme):




    Thesis statement (should answer both aspects of the question):





    3 supporting examples:   A)  significance of the style and/or meaning in the 


    B)    how the example supports the thesis