AP Literature Pre-course Reading List/Assignment

Each student taking AP Literature must read three books:

  1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  2. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  3. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Students must make margin notes in each book and must complete the written assignment in full. This assignment may be found on Mrs. Jiruska’s Web site:


During the first week of class, you will be tested on the contents of How to Read Literature Like a Professor. You will also write an in-class essay on Invisible Man or My Name is Asher Lev. You will not know in advance the novel about which you will have to write.