Stimulus Exploration Directions

It is time to begin the final AP Seminar task!

To do so, you will need to deep dive into the stimulus packet that you received in class on Tuesday. If you’ve already misplaced it, here is a digital copy.

Here are the THREE steps you will need to complete for EACH stimulus source!


The first step is to READ the materials. Take it one at a time. {Hint: There is a schedule for reading them below.} AND number your paragraphs! This will help when it comes time to discuss the materials!


The second step is to ANNOTATE the article/images/etc. Click here to see the rubric you will be graded on for each article. As you annotate think about the following questions:

  • Who is the article about?
  • Who wrote the article?
  • What is the purpose?
  • What is the main idea?
  • Where is it taking place?
  • Where was it published?
  • When was it published?
  • When does it relate to?
  • Why was it written?
  • Why is it important?
  • Why is it in this packet?

These question will help you add some marginal annotations.

Also think about what are OPINIONS and what are FACTS. Think about highlighting opinion, and underlining facts – or choose specific colors for each.

You can also circle nouns. This will help you to answer the list of questions above.

See a word you don’t know? Circle it. Try and replace it with a word you do know. Write the definition in the margin.

Outline the LOR of the argument (if there is one) and label the different parts. Make comments about how strong or weak the elements are of the LOR.

You will note that the rubric asks you to look beyond the literal level. A great way to do this is to point out text to self, text to world, and text to class connections. Expand on these in the margin.

Again, these WILL BE GRADED! See schedule below.


The third step will be to answer the following question IN PEN on LOOSE LEAF PAPER! Be sure to include a MLA header at the beginning of each assignment. The better you annotate, the easier these questions will be to answer.

  1. Identify the author’s argument, main idea, or thesis. Explain or paraphrase it.
  2. Explain the author’s line of reasoning by identifying the claims used to build the argument and the connections between them.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the evidence the author uses to support the claims made in the argument.

These questions should be answer in FULL sentences. Place the title of the article/document and author at the top of the page before you start a set of questions for the article.

For example:

“Chapter 1, Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

  1. The authors main idea of this article is…..


Due Dates:

Thursday March 1st: “Chapter 1, Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

Tuesday March 6th: “Extra Sensory Pereption” by Gershon Dublon, “3D Pavement Art” by Joe Hill, and “Attitudes Toward Muslim Women in the West” by Lila Abu-Lughod

Thursday March 8th: “The Historian as Participant” by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Monday March 12th: “Scents and Sensibility” by Richard Axel


Note: Some of these may be more difficult than others. Do not be afraid to ask for help, do some Googling, or pair up with a peer and do it together. But, DO NOT COPY from the internet or others!


The Week Ahead: February 26th to March 4th, 2018

Good morning Global Writers! It is time for a new week!

Due to the case of the missing SD card, I have reconfigured the calendar through April 30th. You can find it here. It will also be posted on the back information board in the classroom.

Our main focus this week, in class, will be your AICE “team” presentations. The schedule of presentations can be found on Google Classroom, with the assignment where you submitted your final PowerPoint.

Your AICE Reflection & AICE Transcript will be due Sunday March 4th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. They must both be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. There will be Google Classroom assignments set up for these documents. As soon as you present, you can begin your transcript. I will upload your videos to Classroom each evening. Your reflection directions can be found at the back of your presentation directions.

While students are presenting, I will be allowing you to begin diving into your AP Stimulus Materials.  For each article in the packet, I will ask you to annotate it and answer various questions. This will be outline further on Google Classroom with the respective assignments. This is a super important group of assignments because the better you understand the stimulus materials, the better your research question will be, and therefore the better your final IWA will be! Those of you who were with me on Saturday at school, know that there was a snafu in printing the packets off, but they should be ready by Tuesday! After you have digested the materials and read them, I will host a series of socratic seminars in class, so that together, we can understand them further.

Our grammar focus this week will continue to be commonly confused words. Last week’s set was a warm up, this week should challenge you a bit. Plan ahead because it is also a bit longer than last weeks. The practice will be due by Wednesday night on NoRedInk and you will have a follow up QUEST in class on Friday.

We will break from CommonLit this upcoming week, but you will be completing some writing on Friday in class to prepare for your FSA Writing test that you will take on March 5th in the Media Center. That is only a week from Monday! You are prepared, but we will take some class time on Friday to review style and tips! You will also receive you seating assignment in class for next Monday.

Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Presentations
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Presentations
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Presentations
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Presentations
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ——–

** After school presentations do not mean that you cannot be in the classroom working. But, if you stay after during a presentation, you must be respectful, accountable, and purposeful in your actions! **


The Week Ahead: February 19th to 25th, 2018

Just a reminder…I am here if you need anything. You’ve got MULTIPLE ways of contacting me. Don’t be afraid to use one!

This week is going to have a lot of moving parts, but we will make it through quite strong and accomplished! 

On Monday we will be submitting your IRR’s to the AP Digital Portfolio. If you are absent, be sure to ask me for an update on how to do this — do not do this on your own! There will also be a guest speaker coming in to talk about college and how to move forward the next few years!

Then, on Tuesday, you will be putting the pedal to the medal while working on your AICE presentation. This presentation must be finalized in PowerPoint, but can be worked on in Google Slides. The directions for this assignment can be found here.  This work will continue in class on Wednesday. By the 11:59pm on Wednesday, you must submit a minimum of six presentable slides to Google Classroom. On Thursday, you will be required to present these to your peers in class. Therefore, this should be a large chunk of your final presentation. **Please note, I am requiring this of you because I believe that you are not practicing enough for your presentations. This is important.**

You will return to class on Friday for a grammar QUEST and to make final edits and some practice of your presentations. Your final PowerPoint is due on Sunday to Google Classroom by 11:59pm. All of these directions are explained in the Google Classroom assignment.

There is a Saturday Session this week from 9am to 12pm to work on your AICE project!

Remember, practice makes perfect.
Sign up here to let me know your interested. 

Minimum of 10 must sign up! 

Our grammar focus this week is on our first list of commonly confused words. There is a practice on that is due on Wednesday by 11:59pm, and a QUEST for understanding first thing in class on Friday.

Our FSA focus this week is on nonfiction texts and looking at both context clues for the meaning of words, and determining the main idea. Our reading is on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. It connects back to the John Steinbeck reading from last week. Pay attention to how it compares with working conditions in America. This is due next Monday on

Here is my schedule this week for extra help:

Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ——-
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ——–
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Until 4:30pm
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open SLAM POETRY

Extra Credit Opportunities

ALL WEEK = SPIRIT WEEK  —- Check out last weeks post for the dress of the day!

Friday = Slam Poetry/Open Mic = Location TBD = 3:30 pm to 5 pm — Must stay at least 1 hour.

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The Week Ahead: February 12th to 18th, 2018

This upcoming week is short and sweet. The main focus will be on completing the team presentations for AP Seminar.

Monday will be the last class day to practice. The slides/PowerPoint is due to Google Classroom by 11:59 pm on Monday by the team leader.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be filled with presentations! These presentation times/dates have been set in class this past week and can be viewed on Google Classroom.

Intertwined throughout the week, students will also be writing a practice AICE Global Perspectives final exam. It will be due on Thursday. 

Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open ——–
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting ———
Friday ———— ———— ———

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday for students.

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The grammar focus of the week is verbalsHere is  great review of what they are and how they can be used in writing. Here is the video that we watched in class on Monday and took notes on. The No Red Ink  practice is due on Wednesday by 11:59 pm. There will be a QUEST on Thursday in class.

The FSA focus this week is a CommonLit assignment titled Harvest Gypsies, which will connect with next weeks article. This assignment is due Monday February 19th by 11:59 pm.

This week, current event #6, is due next Monday to give you a bit of reprieve from the work load.

Heads up! There will be a chance to earn some extra credit next week!

Spirit Week Themes for NEXT WEEK!

(February 19th to 23rd)

Monday: Baby Ruth
              Dress: Sports
Tuesday: M&M’s
                Dress: Twin Day
 Junior class After School: Ultimate Frisbee 
Wednesday: Nerds/Smarties
                    Dress: Nerds
Leadership After School: Talent Show- winner will be in Pep Rally
​Thursday: 100 Grand/ Payday
                 Dress: Rich/ Gangster 
Junior Class After School: ​Flag Football 
​Friday: Skittles
            Dress: Class Colors
Leadership Pep Rally: Willy Wonka Theme​

The Week Ahead: February 5th to 11th, 2018

It is time to move back into teams and work together!

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This week you are beginning step 2 of Task 1 for AP Seminar — the team multimedia project.

On Monday you will read your peer’s IRR’s and map out (actually) on Google  how your ideas, research, and solutions work together. You will also aim to decide on an ultimate solution for your teams issue/problem. The Mind Map is due by Tuesday night at 11:59pm on Google Classroom. In the Google Classroom assignment, you can see a STELLAR example from last year.

The team discussions and planning will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday as you begin to create your team multi media presentation via Google Slides, PowerPoint, or another community based program. Remember, you must be able to ALL work on the presentation, so Prezi may not be a logical idea for this project.

By Thursday you should be practicing your presentation — remember I am helping you set goals, but each team will be different. While practicing you should also be working on your oral defense answers and deciding what you will wear. Your practice will continue through Friday.

There is a Saturday Session this week so that teams are able to meet up and practice their presentations! We will meet in the media center from 9am to 12pm. Please sign up on the back board, where it says “Information Center.” There must be a minimum of 10 students attending for the session to occur. **I recommend talking with your team on MONDAY to decide if you are going to attend the session.** You are welcome to attend and work on something else if you would like, or meet your team for part of the time, etc.

Your team slides/powerpoint will be due on Monday February 12th by 11:59pm to Google Classroom. Presentation sign ups will occur in class at the end of this week.

The grammar focus this week will be on pronoun-antecedent agreement & vague pronouns. There is a practice on that is due on Wednesday at 11:59. Follow this link to and this link to find some additional notes! There will be a QUEST on Friday in class to show your understanding of these concepts.

You will also have a CommonLit assignment due on Monday February 12th by 11:59pm.

Lastly, Current Event #5 is due on Friday this week, in class. Remember to attach notes or an annotated article to your worksheet in order to receive full credit.

Before School/Lunch/After School Schedule

AM Lunch PM
Monday 7:30 – 8:30 N/A N/A
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 Open Until 4:30pm
Wednesday N/A N/A N/A
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Project Life Meeting Until 4:30pm
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 Open N/A

Final AP Seminar IRR Tips & Tricks

You have made it to the end of the first part of your first AP Seminar task! You have rocked it so well and I am so proud to see what you have accomplished! I have some tips and tricks as you finish up this weekend. If you were absent on Friday then this will be VERY useful!

Here is the document that we used in class on Friday to help you edit a peer’s paper. This can easily be applied to your own paper by yourself — just turn the they’s into your’s…etc. Once you edit your essay this weekend, you can use it a second time! Remember that the difference between row 2 & 3 is that row 2 is asking about the credibility and validity of the arguments you found in your research, while row 3 is asking about the credibility of the authors of the sources you have included. This is NOT an argumentative essay!

As I printed off your drafts earlier today, here is a list of things that I noticed could be fixed:

  • If you include a title, which I recommend doing, then make sure you captialize all of the major words! For example:
    • The Fall of the Empire
    • China is Opening New Doors
  • If you include subtitles they should be left aligned (not indented) and bolded so that they stand out
  • When formatting your essay, make sure EVERYTHING is in Times New Roman, Size 12 Font, Double Spaced, black ink —- even your Works Cited
  • Your Works Cited page should be alphabetized with hanging indents. It should begin at the top of the page, not in the middle. Check this! It should also not have extra spaces between each entry – this defeats the purpose of the hanging indents. Unsure if it looks right? Check out the sample on page 361 of the Bedford Researcher! You can also google OWL PURDUE MLA and you will get to a sample!
  • Be sure to indent each new paragraph — even the first one!
  • Ask yourself, am I using a variety of transitional strategies?

As you prepare this weekend, review the rubric! It can be found here. You can also review the power point from Monday’s class where we analyzed the rubric here. These are great ways to look at what works and what is missing! AP Seminar Task 1 Essay Analysis is the document that we color coded in class on Monday also!

Lastly, read your paper out loud, and backwards, and have someone read it to you, and read it themselves, and run it through Grammarly. EDIT IT! Do not miss something for a silly reason! Ask a friend from school or from the neighborhood!

As a reminder, your essay is due THIS Sunday (2.4.18) to Google Classroom &! Directions and reminders for submission are on Google Classroom!

Best of luck!

I know that you are starting to feel like this,

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But, soon you will feel like this,

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Remember  that on Monday you will join back up with your team, so you’ll look like this,

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yippee! You are doing awesome!

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