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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 of zero points for the assignment (which will negatively impact students’ grades) and a teacher-parent-counselor-student 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  (
    • 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. Do this using Google Docs and keep a copy of it in your Google Drive. This digital notebook will be due the first day of class, when you will upload it to Schoology. Hard copies/paper copies will not be accepted
  4. Have a title page with your name, the date, and the course name (AP English Literature & Composition). Divide your Reader’s Notebook into 3 sections (for each play, each play).
    1. Each section should consist of the following:
      1. a title page (with the play’s title);
      2. 10 dialectical journal entries (an entry is organized into 2 columns, one column has a from the play in one column, and the other column has your 7+ sentence reflection on the quote's significance (use MLA format for parenthetical citations, follow this link to see how that's done:;
      3. 5 of those dialectical journal entries should focus on the protagonist (reflecting character traits, flaws, and/or conflicts s/he is undergoing);
      4. the other 5 dialectical journal entries should focus on prominent themes developed throughout the play.

There will be a writing assignment on the plays the first day of class, so have them read by day 1. Also during the first week, there will be a Socratic seminar and your first formal essay will be assigned.