AP Biology Current Events
Knowing what is going on in the world is very important and
has many benefits. Each marking period you are to locate an
article about a current event that is of local, state, national or
international significance and summarize what you have learned and can take from
it. It must relate to AP Biology in that the article must center around one of the
units we will cover. You may use newspapers, the Internet, magazines and TV or
radio news programs to get your current event articles. If you are unsure of the
quality of the article or whether I will accept it, bring it in and I will tell you
whether or not it is acceptable. Please follow these guidelines when writing your
Summarize the article using your own words, including appropriate detail- THIS
MUST BE TYPED!!!!!!!!!
React to the article and make connections between the article and your life,
society, or the article itself
o Do this by talking about:
how the topic in the article relates the problems of the world, our
how the article may have supported or changed your feelings or
Attach the article to the back of your summary
o Note: If report is from a TV or radio news program, list the date, time,
station and reporter’s name
The deadline for handing the assignment in is 2:45 pm on the last day of the
marking period. Late assignments will not be accepted.
See Mrs. Wolfgang’s wiki or website (http://awolfgangbiology.wikispaces.com/) for
science news sites.
The rubric used to grade the assignments is on the back of
Current Events Assignment Rubric
Category 10 8 6 4
Information from Information from Summary may be Too much
Summary news article is news article is unclear or information was
Content clearly summarized clearly summarized. incomplete. There copied from the
with only a minor Few supporting is a need for more article or important
inaccuracy. Many details address the supporting details. details are left out.
supporting details who, what, where, There are many Details or summary
address the who, when, why, or how inaccuracies may be confusing.
what, where, when, questions. There There are many
why or how are minor glaring inaccuracies.
Insightfully makes Insightfully makes Attempts to make Connection is
Reaction & multiple text-text, text-text, text- appropriate text- inappropriate to the
Connection text-self, or text- self, or text-world text, text-world or content of the
world connections. connections. text-self article.
detail to establish a
Writer makes little Writer makes very Writer makes some Writer makes many
Conventions or no errors in few errors in major errors in errors in grammar
grammar or spelling grammar or spelling grammar or spelling. or spelling.
that distracts the that distracts the Some sentences may Sentences lack
reader from the reader from the not be well- structure and
content. content. Most constructed. appear incomplete
Every paragraph sentences are well- Similar words are or are confusing.
contains sentences constructed with used too often.
that are well- varied beginnings
constructed. and vocabulary.
Article is neatly Article is neatly Article may not be Article may be
Article attached to the attached to the neatly attached to missing and other
student sheet. All student sheet. All the student sheet. important
the required the required The title, source, or information about
information is information is one other piece of the article is
complete. complete. information may be missing.