Choose a book to read on your own while we're practicing for the AP exam.
Use it to practice rhetorical analysis.
Book-length Researched Argument
The Last Fish Tale by Mark Kurlansky
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town by Elyssa East
Food and Environment
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini
Technology and Culture
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
Economy and Commerce
No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies by Naoimi Klein
Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead by David Rothkopf
Sports and Culture
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
How Soccer Explains the World: an Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer
Other researched nonfiction of interest to previous students
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain [Here's a link to an interview with Cain about how teachers can better engage introverts.]
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander
Speculative Fiction Critiquing Aspects of Modern Culture
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Oryx and Crake or The Haidmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
any fiction by George Saunders
Quotation response journal (10+ entries) will be due the Monday after the AP exam (May 12).
In the comment box let me know when you have selected a text.