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AP Language and Composition 

AP Language and Composition

Summer Assignment - School Year 2017/18

Students in A.P. English Language and Composition are required to complete a summer assignment to prepare for the course.  Students will read the following selection during the summer:

Thank You for Arguing (revised and updated edition): What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion


Author: Jay Heinrich

ISBN-13: 9780385347754

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Publication date: 6 August 2013


The text is available online at
(direct link for text: ) and may also be purchased at local bookstores, if available.


Students should read the text and complete the following assignment:


  1. Read the book, one section at a time (there are four major sections and a short introduction).

  2. For each of the four sections (combine the intro with Part I) write a 500-700 word summary, which addresses the main points in the section, and integrates important terminology. The terms listed here are required in your summaries; in addition, you should pick at least five more—so each of your section summaries should have a minimum of ten terms in the summary; please bold the terms in the summary. Remember, each section summary should be 500-700 words.

  3. Required Terminology:

  • Section Title: Intro/Offense

    • Ethos

    • Pathos

    • Logos

    • Inductive Logic  

    • Deductive Logic

  • Section Title: Defense  

    • False analogy

    • Hasty generalization  

    • Tautology

    • Red herring

    • Phronesis

  • Section Title: Advanced Offense  

    • Idiom

    • Synecdoche  

    • Metonymy

    • Antithesis

    • Irony

    • Kairos

  • Section Title: Advanced Agreement  

    • Introduction

    • Narration

    • Division

    • Proof

    • Refutation

Your project must be Word-processed/MLA formatted. If you need guidance, or reminders on MLA Citation, visit

Strategy: This assignment will be much easier if you “chunk” it, one section at a time. You can breathe much easier if you complete the assignment before school resumes. Coming into AP classes, procrastination will be your worst enemy—time management, your best friend.

NOTE:  All summer assignment work is due on the first day of school.  Late papers will receive no more than half credit (50%).  No summer assignments will be accepted more than 24 hours late.