APSEM last minute presentation prep – 4/24

Some people asked to see the model IMP one more time. Here it is:


Again, notice how she organizes her presentation, how each claim is backed up by evidence, and how her slides (or headings of slides) leads us from point A (the research question) to point B (the conclusion).

See you at 12 at Clark!

APSEM 4/2/18 – Finish your IWA rough drafts


Sorry I won’t be in class today, though I have a feeling many of you will be happy to use all your time writing without having to listen to me talk at the beginning. If you need the laptop cart opened up, just ask Mrs. Bird.

Remember, you should have your full IWA rough draft done for tomorrow (somewhere between 1,800 to 2,000 words). You should be at/around 1,500 for today already. Do not stress out about a works cited page or proper citation format yet. I’d rather you have your main stuff down and we can worry about MLA stuff later.

If you haven’t shared your google doc with your rough draft on it with me already, that should be the first thing you do after reading this blog post. We’re jumping into the editing/revising process tomorrow, and it’ll be hard to do that if I don’t have anything from you to revise. If you haven’t shared your outline (and the pieces of advice you took from the Turabian book from this day) then tomorrow is also the last day I’ll take those for a grade. At this point we should be way beyond outlining.

For those of you struggling with your introductions, the Turabian book has some more clear info on page 119 to the top of page 126. For those of you struggling with a conclusion, go straight to page 126. Here’s the short version:

  • Restate the main argument/thesis from your intro in a more detailed way than before. Remember, your reader has just read 1,500 words on the topic, so don’t treat them like they’re novices
  • Remind your reader of the significance of your research, or even better, bring up new significances or practical applications/solutions to the issue.
  • What other questions/dilemmas might this raise? Remember, CB wants you to evaluate the good and bad of your solutions/conclusions. No solution/conclusion is perfect – CB wants to see you acknowledge that!
  • Tie it all back to your opening context. Knowing what we know now, what might we expect to see in the future if we were take some first steps towards your conclusion?

Good luck! I’ll be around after school if people want to chat about this.

APSEM 3/26 and 3/27


Here’s what you’ll need to do while I’m gone on Tuesday (and what to have for Thursday).

Read Kate Turabian’s “Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers” – I’ll leave them out for you. Read the following sections, starting on p. 77:

In your Google Doc for your outline, for each section write down at least one piece of advice/takeaway that you can use to help you write your first draft.

By Thursday, you should have your first 800 to 1,000 words of your rough draft in a Google Doc (the same on as your outline, or a different on, whatever’s easier) and sent to me. Use slide #6 in this power point to help you get started.

UPDATED: APSEM note cards and outline 3/23


Here’s the power point from this week on outlines, structure and note cards. Only look at the first five slides: Notecard your evidence

For clarity’s sake: by midnight Sunday you should send me a google docs link to your full outline, marked up with the labels we’ve been using in class (Roman numerals for headings, capital letters for sub-headings, lower case letters for claims, Arabic numerals for evidence). You should come to class on Monday with all of your sources note carded according to the style in the power point. Email me with any questions.


APSEM 2/27

Choose one section of “Scents and Sensibility”
-A Large Family of Odorant Receptor Genes
-A Topographic Map in the Olfactory Bulb
-A Receptor Choice and the Topographic Map
-The Singular and Stable Choice of Receptor
-Cloning a Mouse From an Olfactory Sensory Neuron
-Olfaction in the Fly: a Functional Map in the Antennal Lobe
-Spatial Representations and Innate Behavior

All read conclusion
1) Summarize the scientific findings
2) Explain the methodology
3) Come up with two questions that relate what you read back to an idea from class about perception

To help with #3, use some of our connections from class below:

Attitudes Towards Muslim Women in the West
How perceptions can change -> (3D art)
Perspectives shape perception ->(Historian as Participant)
Information distortion -> (Scents and Sensibility)
Need multiple perspectives for a cohesive account -> (Historian as Participant)

Alice in Wonderland
Environment effects perception -> (Extra Sensory Perception)
Environment effects perception -> (3D art)

Historian as Participant
Perspective shapes perception -> (Attitudes 2 Muslim Women in West)
Multiple perspectives needed to create a cohesive version -> (Attitudes 2 Muslim Women in West)

3D Art
Environment effects perception -> (Alice in Wonderland)
Initial perceptions can change -> (Attitudes 2 Muslim woemn in west)
Literal version of perception can shape perspective -> (Historian as Participant)
Brain can perceive something incorrectly -> (Scents and Sensibility)

Scents and Sensibility
Brain’s perception of senses -> (Extra Sensory Perception)
We can perceive something incorrectly -> (3D art)
Information distortion -> (Attitudes 2 Muslim Women in West)

Extra Sensory Perception
Brain’s perception of senses -> (Scents and Sensibility)
Environment effects perception -> (Alice in Wonderland)

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.