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AP Environmental Science



Lovejoy HS AP Environmental Science

Summer Reading Assignment 2017-18


Students enrolled in AP Environmental Science for the 2017-18 school year at Lovejoy High School should read The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-9299-8) during the summer.


Options to purchase or obtain the book include - - -


  1. Purchase from Barnes and Noble Bookstore hardcover for $20.49, or softcover for $10.24

  2. Order online via Amazon as hardcover $16.31, or paperback $9.82, or eTextbook $9.99

  3. Check out from the Allen Public Library



For each chapter of The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert:

  • Define unfamiliar vocabulary

  • Describe the case studies and research presented

  • Identify the agencies and/or researchers

  • Explain the anthropogenic impacts

  • Provide your own thoughts about the chapter’s content


Be prepared to discuss the book in a Socratic Forum at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year as well as reference the book throughout the year.


AP Environmental Science Textbook Links
Companion Site 2nd Edition
Launchpad APES Textbook


Inside Out

Photograph by Ragnheidur Arngrímsdóttir

“Flying with my father over Bárðarbunga to experience this eruption from inside our Earth was amazing,” writes photographer Ragnheidur Arngrímsdóttir, who captured this picture near Iceland’s Holuhraun lava field. “The power, heat, and beauty were overwhelming. On many occasions you feel how small you are [beside] nature. This was one of those times for me.”

National Geographic Photo

Salmon and Trout, Alaska

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

In summer, millions of fish disperse up Bristol Bay's watershed to rivers and lakes that are breeding grounds for five species of salmon. A proposed gold mine would transform the region, possibly jeopardizing the fishery. Far upstream in unprotected Upper Talarik Creek, near the mine site, researchers found these young salmon and trout.