3rd Period Pre-AP: Important AR News for Second Semester

For either your February 17th or April 7th AR book, you must read one of the following:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Amongst Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  (or Persuasion, or Mansfield Park)

EVERYONE will also need to read one of these books for your final AR selection of the year (due May 19th). This means that between now and the end of the year, you need to read any TWO of the books on this list.

This list is compiled of books that have a high level of frequency on the AP Lit test, have appeared on the College Board’s list of books for college-bound students, are present on the reading lists of nearby public and private schools, and that I personally/professionally believe are developmentally appropriate and valuable in helping my students gain insight into the world we occupy.

That said, please be forewarned that some of the books contain small amounts of language that occasionally a parent finds objectionable (however, the anxiety usually subsides once the overall literary merit of the work is considered). I encourage you to keep an open dialogue with your parents about what you are reading, and to feel free to approach me with any problems or questions that arise as a result.

“Words can be like x-rays if you use them right. You read and you’re pierced.”

Brave New World by Aldus Huxley

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