AP Seminar – Monday Feb. 12

Hi everyone,

I’m going to have to miss class today for a field trip, but here’s what you need to have done for class tomorrow:

  • Read and annotate “Through the Looking Glass” from your Stimulus Packet. Make sure you annotate with the lenses and ideas we identified in class on Friday using the 3D art.
  • Read and annotate “Extra Sensory Perception” the same way.
  • Read and annotate “Attitudes Toward Muslim Women in the West” the same way.

All three of these can be found in the stimulus packet. Make sure you’re using those lenses and the vocabulary we used on Friday to help you in your annotations. I’ll check your work tomorrow.


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.