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!

By samiannbuffalo

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