This is a great summer project that is designed specifically for an Advanced Placement class. This summer assignment initializes students to the important six countries tested in the AP Comparative Government and Politics (AP GoPo) Exam. This summer assignment adds relevance through current events to get students interested in the politics and world issues of the countries studied. Plus, it offers a creative and engaging video project about one of the early topics - Globalization. In short, this summer assignment can be used as a rigorous graded tool or as an activator and preparatory tool.
My school district does not allow graded summer assignments to impact grades during the school year, as some students will be late transfers and may begin behind the rest of the class; so I use the current events as extra credit and students build a library of current event articles that they can refer back to during the year. And, students may use their summer project grade in lieu of the first marking period project, should they choose to do so. An optional rubric is included in your purchase.
This summer assignment has proven successful in preparing students for the AP GoPo curriculum. Give it a try for yourself!