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Summer Homework Assignments for AP English Lit



Welcome to A. P. English Literature & Composition! In order to better prepare for the class, you are to complete the following assignment during the summer break. This assignment is DUE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER; no late assignments will be accepted.


Be sure to email me over the summer if you have any questions or concerns about the assignment (or the class itself). My email address is:


The following is my policy regarding Academic honesty / plagiarism: All work submitted by students must be their own original work. When quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, or in any way including any ideas that are not your own (i.e., coming from any writer other than you), you must properly cite the source of information. This is called in-text citation. Failure to properly cite information sources is academically dishonest and constitutes plagiarism, and should be avoided. See The Owl for more details regarding in-text citation procedures.


Any violation of this policy (i.e., any instance of plagiarism) will result in a score ofzero points for the assignment (which will negatively impact students’ grades) and/or a teacher-parent conference.



Here's your assignment:

  1. Download PDF versions of these plays by the classic Greek playwright Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone on Mr. Pineda’s web page (
    • You can also find copies of the book, or other versions of the plays, at your local public library, or, for a very low cost, you can purchase a copy at most used book stores, or online. The advantage to owning the books is you can annotate the text directly.
  2. Read the classic Greek tragedies, Antigone, Oedipus the King (also known as Oedipus Rex), and Oedipus at Colonus.
  3. Create a Reader’s Notebook.This will be due the first day of class. Composition books are preferred, but any spiral bound notebook will suffice. Loose sheets of paper, stapled or otherwise, will not be accepted
  4. Devote one (separate) section of your Reader’s Notebook to each play (3 sections in total). Each section should consist of the following: a title page (with the play’s title); 10 dialectical journal entries (an entry is organized into 2 columns, and includes one quote from the play in one column, and your 7+ sentence reflection on the quote's significance in the other column); 5 of those dialectical journal entries should focus on the protagonist (reflecting character traits, flaws, and/or conflicts s/he is undergoing); the other 5 dialectical journal entries should focus on prominent themes developed throughout the play.
  5. Extra credit: Illustrations (story boards, etc.) of prominent events or characters which show your effort and your enhanced understanding of the play, will earn you extra credit. The amount of effort and precision these illustrations display will determine how much extra credit you receive. 

There will be a writing assignment on the plays the first day of class. Also during the first week, there will be a Socratic seminar  and your first formal essay will be assigned.