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AP Summer Assignment

Task: Develop a visual note taking technique that will enable students to manage information in simple yet powerful method that combines words and graphics, called sketchnoting.


Part 1: Sketchnoting


Go to YouTube and watch the following videos on sketchnoting. (Links are also posted on Mr. Calvert’s Cleveland Web page)


Video 1: What is Sketchnoting?


Video 2: You Can’t Draw? I Don’t Believe You


Video 3: Build Your Visual Vocabulary


Practice this note taking skill on something trivial like a cartoon show, game show, sporting event, the home shopping network, or one of those 30-minute-long infomercials for a cooking or exercise product.


Part 2: Read – Think – Visualize


Prior to reading American Pageant 13th Edition download and print a copy of the chapter outlines and Era 1 Sketchnotes from Mr. Calvert’s Cleveland class page.


The outline from AP Course notes contains the key information. However, the study of history is more than a bunch of events in sequential order. It’s the context within which those events took place.


As you read through Chapters 1 and 2 use the outlines as a guide to the reading material. More importantly key in on surrounding information that made those events possible. Now convert the outline and reading material into visual Sketchnotes.


To aid in this process use a 3-tiered questioning approach


Level 1 - What: Explains the tangible piece of information. The individual facts.

Example: July 20, 1969 American Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.


Level 2 - How: Explains the actions necessary to carry out the facts.

Example: 400,000 engineers and scientists across the United States worked in unison to build a machine with over 20 million moving parts to send 3 men on a voyage from the earth to the moon.


Level 3 - Why: Explains the motivating factors behind the facts.

Example: The United States was engaged in a Cold War with the Soviet Union. The race to the moon was political propaganda. It was used as campaign to promote public goodwill and nationalism during a time of great public distress. It was also a way to mask excess military spending necessary to keep the economy trending upward.



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