Outside Reading Assignment
- Choose from the following historical fiction or non-fiction history books:
2. Get the book from the GHS Media Center, your local library, or buy the book (this should be a last resort since we have all of these books in our MC).
3. Divide the reading up into four equal parts. Pace your reading, because you will have an assignment due each week on Thursday (May 18, 25, June 1, 8).
4. On each Thursday, you complete the following on our blog:
a. Summarize your reading for that part; also, this might be the part to examine bias in the book w/ specific examples.
b. Connect a historical thinking skill to your book segment – contextualization, comparison, change and continuity over time, synthesis, cause and effects, periodization (including turning points).
c. Connect your reading to something we’ve studied in APUSH.
d. Make predictions as to where your story will go (in your last assignment, this needs to be an evaluation – Give the book a grade – A, B, C, D, F – and a recommendation to keep the book for next year or ditch it and why). This would also be where you can examine your connection (or lack thereof) to the characters or events.
5. After you’re done with the book, you will be responsible for making a short video and connect it to the cover of the book in the phone app, Aurasma. This short video will be a brief (less than a minute) book review / talk that next year’s APUSH students will check out in order to preview the book. (15 points).
6. You will research the internet for a book review on your book, copy and paste the article’s URL in your final assignment (due June 8), and then discuss your assessment of the article’s validity – whether you agree with the author’s assessment of the book – and reasons why.