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2018 Summer work AP Seminar

2018 Summer Work for AP Seminar



TED talk: Chimimanda Adichie "The Danger of a Single Story"

  • View the TED talk
  • While viewing, considering taking notes that respond to the following questions
    • What struck you as you listened to Adichie speak? Why?
    • What ideas did you hear that you agree with or relate to?
    • What ideas did you hear that you want to argue with or that you find uncomfortable?
  • After viewing, construct a 500 word reflection (about one page double-spaced) that examines your biases and how they might influence your ability to conduct research and construct logical arguments.  Consider issues such as: which voices or stories you value and respect and which ones you tend to ignore, your experiences with being labeled or having a single story applied to you, and how elements of identity including race/ ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language background, religion, neighborhood, and access to education influence your perspectives and biases.  Use specific pieces of evidence from the TED talk.
  • This reflection will be scored out of 25 points, with 10 points for the organization of your response, 10 points for the depth of your reflection, and 5 points for your use of standard writing conventions (punctuation and grammar).

Reading: How Gentrification Works

  • Read the article “How Gentrification Works” and complete the GIST organizer while you are reading.
  • Make your own copy of the organizer so that you are not all typing in the same document.

GIST Template: How Gentrification Works

Reading: For a Pilsen nonprofit, gentrification makes promoting the arts a double-edged sword

  • Read the article “For a Pilsen nonprofit, gentrification makes promoting the arts a double-edged sword” and complete the GIST organizer while you are reading.
  • Make your own copy of the organizer so that you are not all typing in the same document.

GIST: For a Pilsen nonprofit, gentrification makes promoting the arts a double-edged sword

Reading: This Is What Happens After A Neighborhood Gets Gentrified

  • Read the article “This Is What Happens After a Neighborhood Gets Gentrified” and complete the GIST organizer while you are reading.
  • Make your own copy of the organizer so that you are not all typing in the same document.

GIST: This Is What Happens After a Neighborhood Gets Gentrified

Highly Suggested Extra Credit Assignment:


Read a non-fiction book on a topic of interest that relates to a real world issue (i.e. poverty, institutional racism, the environment, the pu).


Write a 400-500 word reflection that answers the following questions:

  • What text did you choose and why?
  • What real-world issue(s) does the text address?  Why/how does this issue matter?
  • What ideas in the text stood out to you?
  • What questions do you have after reading this text?  What would you like to learn more about? Why?

If you need some suggestions, feel free to email me: djsitkoski@cps.edu


If you come to bootcamp this summer, you will receive support in completing the reflection, the readings, and organizers.  If you are unable to come to bootcamp, you will be expected to completed the work independently.


Head’s Up

The following reflection will be due at the end of the first week of class.


Gentrification Reflection One

Write a reflection of at last 250 words that responds to the following questions.

  • What are your opinions about gentrification?
  • How does bias influence those opinions?
  • Whose perspectives/voices are you considering?  Whose are getting left out?