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AP Research Summer Assignment

AP Research Summer Assignment  

Chapel Hill High School

AP Research

Summer Assignment 

Over the summer, you are required to read and complete the quizzes in Luiz Otavio Barros' The Only Academic Phrasebook You'll Ever Need: 600 Examples of Academic Language, as well as complete preliminary research to help you select the topic that you will conduct independent research on throughout the school year, concluding in the production and defense of a scholarly academic paper. Please read the instructions for each task below.

Task One: Luiz Otavio Barros' The Only Academic Phrasebook You'll Ever Need: 600 Examples of Academic Language 

  • First off, you will need to purchase your own copy of Luiz Otavio Barros' The Only Academic Phrasebook You'll Ever Need: 600 Examples of Academic Language because you will have to write in the book. Plus, this is an incredibly handy phrasebook that you will want to be able to reference throughout the school year, and on into college. This text is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  • Once you procure your copy of the text, read all eight chapters, including the grammar and vocabulary tips. When you complete a chapter, complete the quiz paired with it. Be sure to write your answers in the text itself. I will collect your book on the first day of school, and your grade will be based on your completion of these quizzes. 

Task Two: Preliminary Research

Follow the steps below in order to complete Task Two. All pieces of this task should be typed in accordance with MLA standards—double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. If you are not confident in your MLA formatting knowledge, I highly recommend consulting the Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL). You may type your work using a Google or Microsoft Word doc. You will submit your work through TurnItIn on Engrade.

1.      Select three different topics or issues that you are interested in researching. Make sure you have a genuine interest in each topic, and that each topic is complex. The hope is that you will choose one of these three to pursue throughout the school year; you don’t want to risk getting bored with it in November. In addition, each of the three should be distinct from one another.

2.      Write out a minimum of two questions to base your research on for each of the three topics you picked.

3.      Find a minimum of three sources for each of the three different topics. You sources should be authoritative and credible. You may use the school’s online database, as well as any of the following news sources: The New York Times; The LA Times; The Wall Street Journal; Scientific American; The Atlantic; Chicago Tribune; The Washington Post; The National Review; National Geographic; The Smithsonian; The New Yorker; Wired; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Harper’s Magazine; The Christian Science Monitor.

4.      Annotate the sources as you read. Annotating entails adding notes, comments, reactions, and explanations to a text while you read. (Annotating is an important skill of an active reader and learner, which is exactly what I expect you to be as an AP student.)

5.      Complete an annotated bibliography for each of the three sources you find for each of the three topics. An annotated bibliography is like a Works Cited page in that it lists citations for your sources in MLA format, but it is different in that each citation is followed by a brief (about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, i.e. the annotation. For the purposes of this assignment, your paragraph should summarize the source and explain its relevancy to your topic.

Both of these tasks are due on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year: August 7, 2017. These assignments will count as 10% of your grade in the course. Do not procrastinate on either task, as you will lose ten points per class day that your assignment is turned in late.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Actions such as cheating, comparing answers, copying, and plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment. ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE EXAMINED USING A PLAGIARISM PROGRAM. ANY INSTANCE OF FOUR WORDS OR MORE PLAGIARIZED WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC ZERO.