Update 6/15: The book for the summer project has arrived and is ready for you to sign out from book rental at Jeff! Please send me a message after you have obtained your copy, and be on the lookout for a message as well as an update on this page describing the summer assignment details. The book is called The Sixth Extinction, and is a Pulitzer Prize winner for non-fiction. It discusses past extinction events as well current environmental changes in ecosystems and how those changes are affecting various species. We will not officially read the entire book as the summer project (so please don’t panic when you see it J), but will work through additional chapters throughout the school year.

UPDATE 6/16:

AP Environmental Science Summer Project 2017

You will be reading a number of the chapters in The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert; see the calendar below the description for chapters, page numbers, and due dates.

Description of the assignment:

As you read each chapter, you will complete a Synopsis-Reflection-Discovery ‘journal’ for that chapter.

The Synopsis should summarize the chapter- main idea(s) with some pertinent details. Think about the author’s purpose for the chapter and how it fits under the ‘umbrella’ of the sixth extinction. The Reflection section should include what reaction(s) the chapter evokes as you read it – feelings, comparisons, ideas, etc. This is intentionally open-ended! I am interested in your true reactions to each of these chapters. Finally, the Discovery section, also open-ended, is for you to find something that relates to the content of the chapter, but not part of the book itself. This is an opportunity for you to be creative and make a personal connection between the chapter content and something else- anything else- that you see as being related. The discovery can be any form (e.g., photo, diagram/ illustration, song, video, a different book or story…anything that YOU see as connected. You will include the discovery (description of what it is, or the object itself if possible) as well as your explanation of its connection to the chapter.

 

Please note that the complete by dates are suggested due dates to keep you on track and not rushing to finish at the last minute. I will collect your SRD Journal from you the first week of class. Chapters that we do not read for the summer project we will read during the school year, aligned with related course topics.

Calendar for suggested completion:

Chapter

Chapter Title

Pages

Complete S-R-D by

I

The Sixth Extinction

4-22

6-23-17

III

The Original Penguin

47-69

6-30-17

IV

The Luck of the Ammonites

70-91

7-7-17

V

Welcome to the Anthropocene

92-110

7-14-17

X

The New Pangaea

193-216

7-21-17

XI

The Rhino Gets an Ultrasound

217-235

7-28-17

XIII

The Thing with Feathers

259-269

8-4-17

 

I will be re-reading the book and completing my own S-R-D journal as well, and am looking forward to our discussions of the chapters during the first weeks of class!




Remember to complete the following items as well:

1. Make sure you have an official Jefferson High School email account and send me an email so that I can create a contact group. My email is sgran@lsc.k12.in.us. Due by the end of May.

2. Visit the College Board websites about AP Environmental Science (start here). Create an account (on the main AP page) and investigate the different resources available. Write a summary of the important information you find. Due the first day of class.

3. Spend some time outside. Observe your surroundings- watch, listen, smell- and think about your place in your community. Write a Collins-style response about what you observed and thought- minimum of 10 lines, handwritten. Due on the first day of class.

**Make sure you are checking the "Groups" folder in your school email for messages! They may show up only there, and not in your Inbox.