The Week(s) Ahead: 11/13/17 to 11/26/17

We have 5 days to go!

Then we will be on our first major (non natural disaster related) break of the year.

This week is focused on writing your first Individual Written Argument (aka the IWA).  Last week you spent a plethora of time narrowing down your research question and completing research.

On Monday this week, you will spend time in class starting to write your essay. Start by breaking down your context and explaining how your question connects to the stimulus materials and a theme. Remember, you must include an explanation of how two of the articles shared a theme, which stimulated the creation of your research question. The hard part with this element of the essay is how to write it NOT in first person. It will take practice and editing, but you will work through it. By 11:59pm on Monday evening, you must have 500 words written. This will be check and graded.

Note that in your Word Count checks, your Works Cited does not count towards the assignment!

Tuesday’s class will be spent looking at sample AP Seminar IWA’s from last year, as well as, analyzing the AP rubric that you will be graded on. Both of these can be found in digital form on Google Classroom. Here is a colored copy of the notes from class.

In class on Wednesday, you will spend time applying what you learned Tuesday and working towards your first 1000 words. Those 1000 words (including your first 500) are due on Wednesday by 11:59pm.

** Please note that by completing these word counts and staying on task you are helping yourself to manage your time. This is a good skill that can help you in the future – I am helping you here by modeling how you can break it down.**

The 1000 words are key because on Thursday you will completing a peer editing task. I will place this on Google Classroom as the time comes closer. If you are NOT in class on Thursday, you will be excused from the assignment, BUT I HIGHLY recommend asking someone at home to edit your paper using the process. This is a key skill and can help you increase your score significantly.

Friday’s class will be used to implement the comments from your peer editor into your paper. It will be the LAST day to ask Miss K any questions since I will be off the grid over Thanksgiving break. That means that I will be unable to answer any emails or Remind messages until we return on 11/27/17.

Miss Krzyzanowski’s After School Schedule

Monday: 3:30 PM to 5 PM

Tuesday: 3:30 PM to 4 PM

Wednesday: None

Thursday: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Friday: None


Your IWA is now due on 11/26/17 by 11:59pm to Google Classroom and TurnItIn.com. This new date will allow students extra time if they have been ill, and it also gives extra time to implement any comments from peer editing. There will be NO EXTENSIONS for this due date. It is already an additional 7+ days from the original due date.

Before submitting your essay, do the following:

  • Read your essay backwards for spelling and grammar mistakes. Your brain knows what you were supposed to write. Because of this, your brain reds what it thinks you wrote.
  • Run your essay through Grammarly.
  • Have someone else read your essay for:
    • Grammar
    • Spelling
    • Logic/Line of Reasoning
    • Citations
  • Double check that every citation that appears in your essay also has an entry to match it on your Works Cited page.
  • Make sure that your essay is in MLA format (header, title-question, page number, EVERYTHING is in Times New Roman size 12 font, etc).
  • Anything that did not come from your brain, or is not common knowledge is cited, even if you have paraphrased it!
  • You do not have any “hanging” quotes. All quotes should be integrated into sentences…and cited!
  • Lastly, do not have ANY contractions in your essay, unless they appear in direct quotes.

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, you will have three days in class to work on your presentations. Your presentation will be due on November 29th, 2017 by 11:59 pm to Google Classroom. Presentations will run from 11/30/17 to 12/6/17.


You will need to obtain a copy of A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (digital or hard copy) by 12/1/17. We will be reading this novel the last two weeks of the semester and it will be a part of your midterm exam. It can be obtained at Barnes and Noble, but I have found it to be less costly via Amazon. If you choose to use a digital copy, you MAY NOT read it off your cell phone during class. Therefore, you must have another device to read it off while on campus.