AP SEM 11/21 – IRR outline due Tuesday

Hi guys,

Your IRR outline is due Tuesday. Here’s the model/notes we came up with in class today: AP SEM outline example from class


APSEM 10/10 – Classwork

Hi everyone,

I’m out today at an AP training. Here’s what I’d like to you do today/have done for Thursday:

Thank you for reading “A Most American Terrorist” by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. It’s a difficult but important story to wrestle with.

For class today, I’d like you to do the following:

1) Does Kaadzi Ghansah have an argument in here? (Remember, the argument is in the conclusion as well as the thesis/beginning.) Choose three claims of hers and explain whether or not they support an argument.

2) Review the story and identify the perspectives (lens + angle) Kaadzi Ghansah uses in order to try to make sense of this tragedy. Give a couple examples of how different perspectives/lenses “are in conversation with one another.” In other words, where does one claim from one perspective connect with a claim from another perspective?

3) Read or listen to “How One Man Convinced 200 Klu Klux Klan Members to Give Up Their Robes” by Dwane Brown: http://www.npr.org/2017/08/20/544861933/how-one-man-convinced-200-ku-klux-klan-members-to-give-up-their-robes.

After reading, come up with three research questions related to both or either of these stories. Can you phrase those questions in a way that you could research them and provide solutions? (We will revisit/revise your questions in class on Thursday.)

APSEM 10/5 – Weekend reading


This weekend, please read “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylan Roof.”

Read it and mark it up as best you can (digitally or hard copy). Look for arguments when there are some, or further questions you’d ask, or even try to infer what questions the reporter was asking as she wrote specific sections. You’ll be working with it on Tuesday.

Just a warning, it’s a tough read. Go slow if you need to.


APSEM 8/30

Tonight, make sure you do some outside research on Godzilla. Watch some clips, do some reading about its background and time period, and come to class tomorrow knowing a little more about Godzilla than you do today.

APSEM – Finding evidence in monster stories

Here are the four thesis statements your groups came up with in class today:

  1. Monsters invoke fear due to their inability to conform to societal norms.
  2. The making of a monster follows a set of stages starting from the introduction of the strange causing others to misunderstand them, which causes a reaction of fear leading to a destructive end.
  3. Monsters are classified as monsters because their actions and thoughts show aggression and cause fear.
  4. “Monster” is a subjective label used to refer to someone or something that induces fear by doing something wrong, immoral or scary.

As you read “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” or “Picture of Dorian Grey,” look for evidence of your monster “proving” a claim made in these thesis statements.