AP Capstone Seminar Summer Assignment - Alvin ISD



AP CAPSTONE SEMINAR Summer Assignment 2018


Mrs. Smith, Alvin High School ([email protected])

AP Capstone Seminar Summer Assignment

Read: ​

Watch: ​

Pair #1 ★ “​The ‘Other Side’ is Not Dumb​” by Sean Blanda, ​Medium​, 01/07/16

➔ “​Unpacking the Biases that Shape Our

Pair #2 ★ “​Troublemakers​” by Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker,​ 2/6/06

➔ “A Tale of Two Americas. And the mini-mart Where They Collided”​ by Anand Giridharadas, author of “The True American”3/24/15

Pair #3 ★ “​Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds​” by Elizabeth Kolbert, ​The New Yorker, 2/27/17

➔ “​Cognition: How Your Mind Can Amaze and Betray You​” by Hank Green, Crash Course Psychology #15

For each ARTICLE note: ● The main argument the author is making ● The supporting or subclaims he/ she makes to build the argument ● The evidence (proof) he/ she gives to support that argument ● Any counter arguments presented and how the author responds to them

Beliefs​” by Mike Hartman, TEDxStJohns

For each VIDEO note: ● The main argument the speaker is making ● How the information in the presentation is organized to support the argument ● What makes this presentation effective For each PAIR ● Write a short statement explaining the overall connecting idea (theme) between the two.

*​You may make a chart in any design you want to organize your observations and thinking.

Claims A claim is the author’s main point. It is also known as the ​argument ​or​ thesis​ (There are often subclaims: ideas/ reasons the author uses to support his main argument.) ● A claim must be argumentative. When a writer makes a claim, he is arguing for a certain interpretation or understanding of his subject. ● A claim can be substantiated with research, evidence, testimony, and academic reasoning. Counter Arguments ● An opposing perspective, idea, or theory supported by evidence Evidence/ Support ● Information used as proof to support a claim or thesis (data, quotes, etc.) ○ Credibility - the degree to which a source is believable and trustworthy (from whom or where is this evidence taken?) ○ There may be multiple pieces of evidence used to support one claim. **​Students also taking AP English III will be able to combine this summer assignment with the English assignment. You only need to read 4 of the essays from ​50 Essays​.

    **​Students also taking Pre- AP English II will be able to combine the AP Seminar summer assignment with the English II assignment. Possible Options: 1. You may ​choose any book from the English list​ and complete the E (Entertainment) and H (History) sections of the REHUGO assignment ​AND ​complete the Seminar assignment. 2. You may ​choose one of the books below ​that connect to the Seminar summer assignment theme of BIAS and use the provided videos on the Seminar assignment (and/or choose a podcast) as part E (Entertainment) of REHUGO English assignment. ● Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly ​ ​by Deborah Noyes ● Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case​ by Chris Crowe ● The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers​ ​by Harry Bernstein ● The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Young Reader Edition)​ ​by Michael Pollan ● The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, ​OR ​Outliers:The Story of Success​ ​by Malcolm Gladwell ● The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates​ ​ by Wes Moore ● Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption​ ​by Bryan Stevenson ● Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women​ ​by Kate Moore ● Black Boy​ ​by Richard Wright ● Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II​ ​by Martin W. Sandler ● Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem​ ​by Rosalyn Schanzer ● #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women​ edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy ● Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI​ ​by David Grann ● Please Stop Laughing at Me​ b ​ y Jodee Blanco ● No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School​ by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt ● A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League​ by Ron Suskind ● Strength in What Remains A Journey of Remembrance and Forgetting​ by Tracy Kidder ● Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother ​by Sonia Nazario ● Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at it for a Year​ by Kjerstin Gruys ● We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream​ by William Pérez ● Iraqi Girl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq​ ​by Iraqi Girl ● Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him​ b ​ y Luis Carlos Montalvan ● Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother ​by Sonia Nazario ● Strength in What Remains A Journey of Remembrance and Forgetting​ by Tracy Kidder *​IF you read one of the books on the Eng II list that I didn’t add to this selection but find it has a significant and ​meaningful ​connection to the videos in the Seminar assignment, you can use the Seminar videos as well. 3. ​You ​can read Gladwell’s collection of essays called ​What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures​ from which the assigned “Troublemakers” comes instead of one of the books on the English II list. (Know that it is a collection of essays, not a single topic or story.)



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