AP Seminar 2018/2019


March 1st

HW: Due Monday - annotated bibliographies due. 7 entry minimum.




February 8th

HW: Due Monday - annotate the article and write a 1/2 page summary of the article. Be prepared to lead a discussion in class. You will receive a quiz grade on the discussion piece.



February 7th: Homework due Friday, 2/8: Read and annotate the following poem. Answer in a paragraph: What is the theme of the poem? How do you know? Please cite lines that illustrate your point. (5 sentence minimum)


Poem:

Looking for The Gulf Motel

Marco Island, Florida


There should be nothing here I don’t remember . . .

The Gulf Motel with mermaid lampposts 
and ship’s wheel in the lobby should still be 
rising out of the sand like a cake decoration. 
My brother and I should still be pretending 
we don’t know our parents, embarrassing us 
as they roll the luggage cart past the front desk 
loaded with our scruffy suitcases, two-dozen 
loaves of Cuban bread, brown bags bulging 
with enough mangos to last the entire week, 
our espresso pot, the pressure cooker—and 
a pork roast reeking garlic through the lobby. 
All because we can’t afford to eat out, not even 
on vacation, only two hours from our home 
in Miami, but far enough away to be thrilled 
by whiter sands on the west coast of Florida, 
where I should still be for the first time watching 
the sun set instead of rise over the ocean.

There should be nothing here I don’t remember . . .

My mother should still be in the kitchenette 
of The Gulf Motel, her daisy sandals from Kmart 
squeaking across the linoleum, still gorgeous 
in her teal swimsuit and amber earrings 
stirring a pot of arroz-con-pollo, adding sprinkles 
of onion powder and dollops of tomato sauce. 
My father should still be in a terrycloth jacket 
smoking, clinking a glass of amber whiskey 
in the sunset at the Gulf Motel, watching us 
dive into the pool, two boys he’ll never see 
grow into men who will be proud of him.

There should be nothing here I don’t remember . . .

My brother and I should still be playing Parcheesi, 
my father should still be alive, slow dancing 
with my mother on the sliding-glass balcony 
of The Gulf Motel. No music, only the waves 
keeping time, a song only their minds hear 
ten-thousand nights back to their life in Cuba. 
My mother’s face should still be resting against 
his bare chest like the moon resting on the sea, 
the stars should still be turning around them.

There should be nothing here I don’t remember . . .

My brother should still be thirteen, sneaking 
rum in the bathroom, sculpting naked women 
from sand. I should still be eight years old 
dazzled by seashells and how many seconds 
I hold my breath underwater—but I’m not. 
I am thirty-eight, driving up Collier Boulevard, 
looking for The Gulf Motel, for everything 
that should still be, but isn’t. I want to blame 
the condos, their shadows for ruining the beach 
and my past, I want to chase the snowbirds away 
with their tacky mansions and yachts, I want 
to turn the golf courses back into mangroves, 
I want to find The Gulf Motel exactly as it was 
and pretend for a moment, nothing lost is lost.

From Looking for The Gulf Motel, by Richard Blanco, © 2012. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press and Stuart Representation for Artists.

January 4th: Annotated Bibliography is due on Wednesday. You need a minimum of 8 annotations. However, you should include any additional sources you find since you'll need it for your final works cited page.

Mock IWA Calendar.pdf

November 16th: Homework this weekend is to work on your annotated bibliographies which are due on Wednesday. What do you need?

  • a minimum of 5 sources (but you should aim for about 10 total for the paper
  • a brief summary of the article
  • a sentence in which you establish credibility of the author(s) of the article
  • a few sentences in which you critique or evaluate the information in the source. Is it strong evidence? How do you know?
  • a sentence or two possibly connecting this source to another source...do they agree on some points? How so? Which ones? Does one source expand on a point made briefly in another article? Does one source contradict another source that you found? How so?

calendar for 2019.pdf

TMP Oral Defense Questions

  1. Describe how the content of the team presentation was changed as a result of group discussion.

  1. Reflecting on your colleague's work, which one had the greatest impact on your overall understanding of the problem your group identified?

  1. In what way did you improve your ability to work with a group as a result of this project?

  1. What was the strongest counter argument to the solution or conclusion your team identified and why?

  1. Describe an argument from one of your peer's individual reports that made you think differently about your team's solution or conclusion?

Week of November 5th

**Your group should be working on the TMP portion of this assignment both in class but AT HOME as well. It is very important that you work together outside of class time. You have homework every single night**

Thursday 11/8: Script and slides due for the TMP

Friday 11/9: Practice run of group presentations

FINAL COPY OF IRR PAPER DUE TODAY PRINTED OUT IN CLASS. THIS IS A TEST GRADE. WE DO NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS. YOU MAY NOT COME LATE TO CLASS BECAUSE YOU WERE PRINTING. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THESE PAPERS IF THIS HAPPENS.

Wednesday 11/14: Real TMP presentation (test grade)

Week of October 22nd...continued

Annotated Bibliographies due PRINTED OUT on Friday 10/26

Here are some notes to help you write your paragraphs:


Week of October 22nd

Due Monday: You MUST have your group topic and your lens chosen by the end of today.

You will sign something stating that you are committed to both your topic and your lens.


This week you will be working on your mock IRR (Individual Research Report) and your TMP (Team Multimedia Presentation)

We will be reviewing how to cite in MLA style.


If you were absent on Friday, October 19th, here are the notes:

Week of October 9th

This week we are working on synthesis essays. There will be an in-class essay on Thursday, 10/11. You may use the outline sheet you prepared in class on Monday!

Rough Drafts of Fed Up inspired papers are due on Friday!! They MUST BE PRINTED BEFORE CLASS. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING LATE WORK. THIS WILL COUNT AS A COMPLETION GRADE

Week of October 1st

This week we are working on beginning the research process. Students will be working on their annotated bibliographies. (You should be working on this at HOME as well!!)

Tuesday HW: Argument sheet due completed tomorrow (claims and supporting evidence)

Annotated Bibliographies are due on Friday and are a test grade.

  • 5 entries



Week of September 24th

This week we are working on crafting strong research questions so as to craft strong thesis statements. Students will be working on a synthesis activity on Wednesday in class.

Star exam is Thursday.

Friday we will be watching the documentary Fed Up. Students must formulate a research question based on something that inspires them from the movie. Due Monday.