Summer Reading

Summer Reading Assignment for Incoming Seniors to
AP and AP/DC Literature

Dr. Bland (AP and AP/DC), Room 501, &
Mr. Clarke (AP), Room 500,

Summer Reading: Dual Credit and AP Literature 

Your Dual Credit and AP courses require Summer Reading. You will read a minimum of 2 (two) full-length texts, 1 (one) from each of the indicated categories: A and B. 

Note and Disclaimer: These courses have the potential to earn students college credit through successful completion (Dual Credit) or by qualifying (3+ Score on the AP Literature Exam in May).  

As such, please note literary content and works will be selected from all genres and eras.  

Often, literary content artistically addresses relevant social and historical issues, personal identities, and topics, references, descriptions, or themes deemed mature in nature, including works listed below.  

Before selecting a specific work to read, please research the literary work for any content that your student, or you, prefer to avoid.  

Our AP and DC team is open to alternate texts, pending approval, to anything from the list below. 

Follow the guidelines below: 

A: Choose and read a text from the list: 

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky  

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt  

Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton  

The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan  

The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde  

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams 

Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler 

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison 

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens 

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley 

The Awakening – Kate Chopin 

Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 


B: Read a text of your own choosing.  

This text may not be a graphic novel and the version students read for Summer Reading must be in English (the language of instruction); however, the work may be an English translation from its original language. 


***N.B. – You may read more than one book from each category. Be prepared to complete an in-class assignment about the Summer Reading texts on the first day of school.***