Summer Reading Assignment
Mrs. Bull, http://sb169.k12.sd.us; E-mail: email@example.com
Welcome to AP English Literature and Composition! Your summer reading assignment has three parts:
Major points to consider as you read The Poisonwood Bible:
The novel chronicles one family’s experience in the Congo during the time that Belgian rule ends and the nation tries to become a democracy. Because multiple narrators tell the story, the reader must piece together the composite picture. Likewise, the reader must make inferences about the father’s character, for he never tells the story, and what he is can be seen only through the eyes of his wife and daughters. Pay attention not only to the characters’ version of events and their differing attitudes about their experiences but also to their use of language. Each character’s voice is distinctive and reveals much about her personality.
Nathan Price, his wife, and their daughters are fictional characters the author uses to explore difficult questions in the novel. Nathan is not meant to represent all religious leaders and missionaries nor is Kingsolver necessarily criticizing missionary endeavor. Her primary use of the religious aspect of the story is to get an American family into African culture and to show contrasts in thinking and everyday living, and about ways of sharing cultural and religious views with people who have not grown up with one’s own traditions. After reading and annotating, you should be able to draw conclusions about the personalities of each of the main characters, about life in this part of Africa, about international intervention in the affairs of nations
Have a great summer! Enjoy the book! E-mail me if you have any questions, and I’ll see you in your senior year!
 This course is recommended for those students who have an A or B in AP English Language and Composition or a strong A in American Studies or in American Lit and in Composition. In addition, it is recommended that you take this course only if you truly enjoy reading, writing, and analyzing literature. If you have not taken AP Lang. & Comp., be prepared to work a little harder to build your skills. We primarily study fictional literature, including poetry. If you are still not sure if this course is for you, please visit with your current English teacher and/or your counselor as soon as possible. You can also see me in A136 with questions about the course.
 This overview of the summer assignment, the Major Works Data Sheet, the poetry portion of this assignment, along with other coursework and AP related items, are on my website.