AP CAPSTONE SEMINAR Summer Assignment 2018
DUE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
Mrs. Smith, Alvin High School ([email protected]
AP Capstone Seminar Summer Assignment
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.)