AP Psychology Summer Reading
Congratulations on enrolling in Advanced Placement Psychology!
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major sub-fields within psychology, and students will learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Your summer assignments below begins this process by helping us – Mr Joo and Mr Castro – teach you.
Letter of Introduction
TL;DR: write a letter of introduction, include three pictures; upload the pdf to Canvas.
This assignment serves a dual purpose. First, it gives us an initial sample of your writing that can be used for diagnostic purposes. Second, the letter gives us some insight into you as a person that can help us develop assignments and examples that are relevant to your experience.
You decide on what information to give about yourself and what to keep to yourself. (Please remember the usual limits on what we can keep private: life, health, and safety.) In general, students often say in one paragraph what grammar school they attended, where they live, who they live with, what co-curricular activities they are involved in, what causes or activities they are passionate about, what they do outside of school, whether they are dating someone, and/or what they most look forward to learning about in AP Psychology.
Students have also asked questions of us in their letters.
As long as you are serious, informative, and honest, we don’t have any specifics that we're am looking for. However, if you have any learning differences, any special needs, now is the time to tell say something – not at the end of the year. On a related note, this class toughes on a number of psychologically and emotionally sensitive topics. If there is a particular trigger that will upset you when we get to that topic, please say something about it in this letter of introduction. Help us make this the best learning environment possible for you.
Finally, flesh out this introduction by including in your letter three photos that communicate something about you: your likes, your passions, your interests, your loves, your favorites — anything that means something to you. You get to curate; you get to choose the pictures that frame our first impression of you.
Distill all of the above into a typed letter; convert it to a PDF, and upload it to the Letter of Introduction assignment in Canvas.