Welcome prospective AP Biology student,
Here are some guidelines and expectations for our course along with information about your summer assignment:
Summer Assignment information
We will begin the year by discussing ecology and I would like you to read one of the following books so that we can have conversations about their content during the first weeks of school next fall. I have over 30 copies of A Sand County Almanac available to check out. I also have an extra copy of For Love of Lakes if you would like to borrow this book.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: This controversial book is considered by many to be a cornerstone in the conservation movement. Rachel Carson writes about the widespread impact of pesticides and other environmental chemicals.
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold: “A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.” Through a collection of essays, Leopold examines many aspects of nature and how everything is intertwined.
For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson: For Love of Lakes weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. Nelson tries to explain the paradox of why people love lakes, but continue to do things that ruin them. This is an important read for all of us who live in the land of 10,000 lakes.
The second part of the summer assignment will be an extracurricular activity scavenger hunt. Complete the task listed, and provide the appropriate documentation (indicated in parentheses). You must complete 5 of the following options, documented as listed. If you complete and document 5 extra activities, you will receive five bonus points on your Ecology unit essay.
Check my school website in August to find out any updates for the beginning of the school year. http://south.mpls.k12.mn.us/hamilton_mick
If you run into difficulties, send me an email at email@example.com. I will try to get back to your email, but as it summer, I don’t check school email more than a few times a month.
I look forward to a great year in AP Bio,
3131 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407
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