• FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL

    AP US HISTORY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT

    Sandra Wiggins

    sandrawiggins@fcschools.net

     

         As you prepare for the upcoming school year I would like you to enhance your understanding of events in US History as well as support your writing, reading and thinking skills.  Your assignment is to read TWO (2) (more than 1, less than 3) of the listed books and complete a book critique for each as explained below.  The critiques must be completed and submitted to me electronically by midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.  This will count as a test grade. 

     

    BOOK CRITIQUE GUIDELINES AND RUBRIC

         There are many differences between an English and History critical book review.  IT IS NOT A BOOK REPORT is the biggest difference.  You are being asked to assess what the book is trying to convey about a historical period/person/event.  Use quotes from the text to support your assessment and be sure to cite the page.

         The good news is it does follow a standard essay format.  It is also relatively short—no more than 2 pages.  There should be an introduction, body and conclusion.    

     

    INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 pts

                    You MUST identify the book and the author!!!

    Set the scene.  What is the historical and geographical setting?        

                    In what historical time period is it set?

                    Is there a definite point of view or bias?

                    What is the genre of the book?  (fiction, nonfiction, primary source, secondary

                    Source, journal, science fiction, humorous etc)

                    Was it written in the time period it represents?

     

    BODY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 pts

                    What is the story IN BRIEF!  I do NOT want a blow by blow

                    Wikipedia version of the book.  I WILL KNOW

                    What can be learned from this book as it applies to US History?

                    What does the book say about US culture?

                    What parts of the book or quotations from the book made an impression

                    on you?

    Your critique—NOT whether you liked it or not but was the book really significant? Why or why not? What were the book’s strengths or weaknesses? 

     

    CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 pts

                    State your recommendations for readership—whether this should be

                    required reading or not.  State this in better terms than “ I like this book. 

                    You should read it.”  Restate how convincing the book was or wasn’t in

                    representing US culture, the uniqueness or importance of their argument and/

                    or how the author adds to our understanding of a particular era. 

    FORM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .. . . . . . . .10 pts

                    Standard English grammar must be used. 

                    THIRD person only—no “we, us, our, my, I”

    Try not to be vague—use SPECIFIC parts of the book to explain your points and give a complete, detailed, specific picture of the historical context.  Give definitive dates, people, places and events.

    Times New Roman, 12 font, double space with 1 inch margin

    Take notes on these items as you read your book.  I promise it will make it easier.

    BOOK LIST   Books marked with an * are often used in English III.

     

    Exploration                                                                                                           Progressive Movement

    Guns, Germs and Steel, Jarred Diamond                                                        Women and the New Race-Margaret Sanger

    How the Other Half Lives—Jacob Riis

    Colonization                                                                                                         The Souls of Black Folk—WEB DuBois

    *The Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorne

    The Hemingses of Monticello-Annette Gordon-Reed                                  Imperialism

    Runaway—Bill Donahue                                                                                  The Influence of Sea Power—Alfred Mahan

    The Crucible-Arthur Miller

                                                                                                                                    World War I

    Revolutionary America                                                                                  For Whom the Bell Tolls-Ernest Hemingway

    Rise to Rebellion—Jeff Shaara                                                                        A Farewell to Arms—Ernest Hemingway

    The Traitor’s Wife—Allison Pataki                                                                 To the Last Man—Jeff Shaara

    *Common Sense—Thomas Paine                                                                                                                  

    1776- David McCullough                                                                                1920s

                                                                                                                                    The Great Gatsby—F. Scott Fitzgerald

    New Nation                                                                                                          Babbitt—Sinclair Lewis

    *The Federalist Papers—Alexander Hamilton, James Madison                                                                

                                                                                                                                    Great Depression                                

    Westward Expansion                                                                                          *The Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck

    The Last of the Mohicans—James Fenimore Cooper                                  *Of Mice and Men—John Steinbeck

    Undaunted Courage—Stephen Ambrose                                                        All the King’s Men—Robert Penn Warren

    The Significance of the Frontier in American History—Frederick J. Turner                                                                                                                                                                                                           World War II      

    Reform and Enlightenment                                                                               The Rising Tide—Jeff Shaara

    *Civil Disobedience—Henry David Thoreau                                                The Steel Wave—Jeff Shaara

    *Walden—Henry David Thoreau                                                                    Hiroshima—John Hersey

    Moby Dick—Herman Melville                                                                                                                        

    1950s

    Antebellum South                                                                                               Fast Food Nation—Eric Schlosser

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer—Mark Twain                                            Red Scare or Red Menace—John Haynes

    Gone for Soldiers—Jeff Shaara                                                                       The Right Stuff-Tom Wolfe

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin—Harriet Beecher Stowe                                                                The Cold War—ed. Robert Cowley

    Gone With the Wind—Margaret Mitchell                                                      Death of a Salesman—Arthur Miller

                                                                                                                                    Fences—August Wilson

    Civil War                                                                                                              To Kill A Mockingbird—Harper Lee

    The Red Badge of Courage—Stephen Crane                                                                                               

    Killer Angels—Michael Shaara                                                                       Vietnam

    Battle Cry of Freedom—James McPherson                                                   *The Things They Carried—Tim O’Brien

                                                                                                                                    Born on the Fourth of July—Ron Kovic

    Populists                                                                \

    The Wizard of Oz—Frank Baum                                                                    Civil Rights

    My Antonia—Willa Cather                                                                               A Raisin in the Sun—Lorraine Hansberry

    Giants In the Earth—O.E. Rolvaag                                                   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings—Maya Angelou

    Little House on the Prairie—Laura Ingalls Wilder                                The Autobiography of Malcolm X—Malcolm X

                                                                                                                                    *Black Boy—Richard Wright

    Industrialization                                                                                                  Black Like Me—John H. Griffin

    The Jungle—Upton Sinclair             

    The Gilded Age—Mark Twain                                                                         Contemporary America

    *Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain                                                       All the President’s Men—Woodward and Bernstein

    Twenty Years at Hull House—Jane Addams                                                Silent Spring—Rachel Carson

    Christy—Catherine Marshall                                                                            Unsafe at Any Speed—Ralph Nader

                                                                                                                                    The Feminine Mystique—Betty Friedan