AP Annotated Bibliography and Working Thesis

STEP 1: Source Evaluations for your Annotated Bibliography
For your annotated bibliography for the AP, evaluate three new sources that will be central to your argument in the AP. These should be sources that propose a particular solution or response to the problem you explored in the CP.  You can annotate sources that you used in the Contexts Project, but your three annotations must be different from the seven sources that you submitted in your CP Annotated Bib. 
First, put together the MLA citations for your three new sources (this should be an entry for the works cited page). 
Then, annotate these three sources. Follow the guidelines below:

 Who is proposing this solution idea? What kind of person or organization is it? (Research them if necessary!) provide a brief account of the author’s profession (e.g., “Journalist Sam Lebovic argues that…”) and/or particular area of focus (e.g., “In his capacity as Legal Director of the ACLU, David Cole argues that…”) Note: if you are evaluating a scholarly source, such as a peer-reviewed article, make sure you identify the discipline of the scholar(s). Are they working within the discipline of Economics, Psychology, Mechanical Engineering,, Earth Systems Science, and so on?
identify the genre of the source. Is it an op-ed, a news article, a scholarly article, a government report, a blog entry, or something else? (Note, just saying that the source is an “article” does not fully describe the genre. What kind of article is it exactly? A magazine article, an academic article, an opinion article, etc.?) What kind of solution idea is it (e.g., a legal proposal or bill, a proposal by an organization that wants to make a difference, an idea or opinion from a researcher or expert, something else)?
summarize the author’s main argument, point, or findings. What solution or response are they proposing? Has this solution idea been tried before? What happened? 
Assess the extent that the solutions proposed in your sources reflect mitigation and/or adaptation approaches. is this source representative of a “carbon reductionism” approach or an environmental justice one, and why?
Provide 2-3 short passages from the source that you might quote or paraphrase in the AP. (be sure to keep these within quotation marks and to note the page number if the source is paginated) You can either leave these as stand-alone quotations or you can integrate them into your own sentences as you would in the draft. 
describe the key pieces of evidence the author uses to advance his or her claims
describe the purpose and audience of this source. What community is this source talking to? (policymakers, other scholars, the local community, etc.)

You can take text directly from your annotations and insert them into your draft. For the AP Annotated Bib, you’re welcome to keep the same paragraph style from the CP Annotated Bib, or you can try out a different format, such as bullet points, to present your evaluation of the source. 
As a reminder, you’ll present the full annotated bibliography from both the CP and AP together (so 10 annotated sources) in your Final Portfolio. 
 
STEP 2: Summarize your Argument in a Working Thesis
In a succinct but detailed paragraph (several sentences) at the top of your annotated bibliography, sketch out your working thesis statement for the Advocacy Project. Keep the two main objectives of the Advocacy Project Prompt  Download Advocacy Project Promptin mind:

introduce and evaluate one or more significant efforts to address the problem you described in your CP; and then
develop an argument about which of the efforts to address the problem work best, explain why, and offer possible next steps; OR make the case that none of the efforts to address the problem works, explain why, and offer possible next steps.

Unlike the CP, an expository essay that asks you to use your research to describe the problem, the AP requires you to stake out a clear position in a thesis statement that you must defend through deeply engaged research.
In your working thesis, present your argument as it stands right now. What possible solutions are you considering to respond to your problem? Which one are you arguing for, and why? (Consider bringing in the argumentative strategies of causation, coverage, cost/benefit, feasibility, and comparison), as well as concepts from Méndez’s Climate Change from the Streets, including the idea of a multi-scalar approach. If you are arguing that none of the efforts work, use the same argumentative strategies to explain why.
As recommended on our Thesis Statement Development Guide  Download Thesis Statement Development Guide, try to bring in tension into your thesis. Use a consessive clause and bring in doubt, tension, and surprise to craft a complex and richly-textured argument. 
If you’re still unsure of what effort you might argue for, use your working thesis to begin to lay out the pros and cons of the various solutions you’ve uncovered so far. 
Please place your working thesis at the very top of the page, above your three annotations.