Welcome to AP Seminar!! Ms. Overton Room 2608 On your index card: 1. Name (First & Last) 2.
Parent(s) names, Phone #, & Email 3. Do you play any sports or participate in any after school activities? 4. Copy down your schedule for my records.
5. On the back Write down your current idea of what all AP Capstone Seminar encompasses. AP Capstone Program AP Seminar is a student-driven course designed by the AP College Board based off of the skills which colleges said rising freshmen in their schools needed the most. These include
public speaking, creating dynamic presentations, collaborating in teams, and writing thorough research papers. All of this is done through researching relevant topics/issues to find plausible solutions as they pertain to society both locally and globally. Students will assess their research questions through different lenses (i.e. Economic, Political, Historical, Scientific, etc), as well as addressing various perspectives on such topics. Some insight from previous students https://
drive.google.com/file/d/1eYZYvWC0SWwpPnsTEsaRu17LK7iYz3AU/vie w?ts=5b8423d6 https://youtu.be/t81Lhf37VhY https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4IHopJcPliI You will be required to Work in groups for MANY graded assignments Write, Write, and Write some more Give presentations regularly (starting this week) Be recorded on video, both to see personal growth, and potentially to be sent in to College Board
MANDATORY ITEMS Notebook loose paper College-Ruled Composition Book (NOT Spiral) Highlighters post-it notes pens/pencils index cards
OPTIONAL ITEMS Colored Pencils Markers Personal Device (i.e. Laptop, Tablet) Tissues Hand Sanitizer Dry Erase Markers Class Materials
10 minutes Ap seminar Grading o t l es a c i urs p Ty t co
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60% Major: Larger Assignments including Annotated Bibliographies, Essays, Presentations Assignments in this category can be redone according to the School Retest Policy. All Minor assignments pertaining to each major assignment must be submitted prior to taking advantage of this opportunity. The cap on the re-submittal is a 70%. 40% Minor: Smaller Assignments including work done associated with in-class discussions, homework, process writing, etc. Assignments in this category can be re-submitted to demonstrate growth according to the School-wide late-work deadlines of Q2 (Monday, 12/3) for all assignments due prior to this date and Q4 (Monday, 4/29) for all assignments due
after 12/3. The cap on the re-submittal is a 60%. Standards Based Grades (worked towards all year) Standards Based Grades (See Attached: Standards) will be demonstrated by artifacts of student work. Artifacts will be derived from the various tasks, projects, and essays assigned over the course of the semester. At various intervals in the semester, students will apply for Standards evaluation. A form for Standard Application will be given
out when needed in Quarter 1. Midterm Final exam Due at the conclusion of 1st Semester (January) Highest possible points: 35 pts (100%)
Due at the conclusion of course (June) Highest possible points: 99+1=100 pts (100%) Points accrued during the first semester will carry over towards the accumulation of points for the final exam. It is cumulative of the entire year!!
Note: Grades will be recorded in Powerschool as normal, but at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters, a grade will not appear on the report card and a physical progress report will be sent home via the student with all Q1 and Q3 scores. Due to limitations in Powerschool this method will allow us to reflect growth within Q1 and Q3 in the subsequent scoring periods. Integrity Plagiarism Policy: (From the College Board) It is expected that students will ethically use and acknowledge the ideas and work of others throughout their
course work. The students individual voice should be clearly evident, and the ideas of others must be acknowledged, attributed, and/or cited. A student who fails to acknowledge the source or author of any and all information or evidence taken from the work of someone else through citation, attribution or reference in the body of the work, or through a bibliographic entry, will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Seminar and/or AP Research Performance Assessment Task. In AP Seminar, a team of students that fails to properly acknowledge sources or authors on the Written Team Report will receive a group score of 0 for that component of the Team Project and Presentation. A student who incorporates falsified or fabricated information (e.g. evidence, data, sources, and/or authors) will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Seminar and/or AP Research Performance Assessment Task. In AP Seminar, a team of students that incorporates falsified or fabricated information in the
Written Team Report will receive a group score of 0 for that component of the Team Project and Presentation. All College Board Deadlines are BINDING and NON-NEGOTIABLE. This supersedes any and all HHS practices regarding late-work deadlines. Quarter 1 (September October) Space Race. A micro-unit designed to teach basic Capstone Skills, which includes establishing a thorough line of reasoning, developing compelling questions, understanding perspectives and lenses, and determining
credibility of sources. Health and Wellness. A macro-unit designed to simulate the requirements for College Board Performance Task 1 (PT1). This contains both individual and group elements (individual scores WILL BE affected by group performance which is in keeping with College Board Mandates). It will include an Individual Research Report (IRR), Group Presentation, and Oral Defense. Quarter 2 (October December) Relationships and Interconnectedness. A macro-unit designed to simulate the requirements for College Board Performance Task 2 (PT2). This is an
individual large project which entails an Individual Written Argument (IWA), a Presentation, and an Oral defense. Note: At the conclusion of Quarter 2 the teacher can no longer offer direct one-on-one feedback. This is a mandate from College Board*. Starting with our Quarter 3 the students are working directly towards their AP Performance Tasks and Exam. There still may be general lessons to the class, but the majority of the remaining class time is working either on the group or independent portions of the AP Score (Performance Tasks 1 and 2). *See the attached note from College Board in regards to the teachers role. This also applies to mentors, tutors, and parents who work with the students.
As provided by the College Board, in reference to the AP Seminar Course, the following explains the roles that a teacher may and may not take as students enter into the AP Graded portion of the course. This also applies to any non-high school student/adult who may wish to work with a student during the AP scored section of
the course. Teachers must ensure students are aware of the task, timeline, components, and scoring criteria may explore issues, discuss topics and perspectives, and/or question students as necessary oversee the formation of groups (Performance Task 1 only) may continue whole-class teaching of skills pertinent to the performance task as students are working on their research and/or presentations may share the rubric with students
may encourage students to review each others work Teachers may not Assign, provide, distribute, or generate research questions for students Conduct or provide research/articles/evidence for students Write, revise, amend, or correct student work Give specific, directive feedback to individual groups Reveal defense questions to students prior to the presentation Quarter 3 (December
February) AP Seminar Performance Task 1 (PT1): Team report and presentation The topic and essential question will be determined by the student teams and they will have at least 30 school days (equal to 15 classes on the block schedule) to complete the work. This will be submitted to the College Board for scoring after I complete my score. Each student will compile their own part of the project, which they will then put together as coherent whole as a written report and team presentation. While I can provide general help to the class, I can not give specific help to specific groups. At this point they will be expected to review each others work as well as consult other teachers based on the specific question they are
researching. **At this point the training wheels are off!** Quarter 4 (December February) AP Seminar Performance Task 2: Individual report and presentation In January, the College Board will send us a collection of articles loosely together in a theme. The students will then use on (or more) as a starting point to formulating the question they will research. They will have at least 30 school days (equal to 15 classes on the block schedule) to complete the work. This will be submitted to the College Board for
scoring after I complete my score. Even though each student is completing their own project, they will be expected to review each others work as well as consult other teachers based on the specific question they are researching. **At this point the training wheels are off!** Here at Heritage High School we use our skills from AP Seminar to enhance our growth mindset pertaining to ourselves, our cultures, our local community, and society at large, in hopes of helping to create a better future for ourselves and generations to come!
You WILL FAIL at timesthat is OKAY!! We all must face challenges to learn and grow as people Before I see you again 1. Make sure you have completed the Schools Summer Reading Assignment of reading Freakonomics. 2. The next time we are in class we will be having a Talking Day! Come ready to participate!! 3. Elevator Speech: Prepare a 1 minute speech that you will give to the class on our 3rd meeting together (after the talking day). This is a
pitch of yourself to the class so include anything you see pertinent that your peers know about you, as you will be choosing lots of groups throughout the course of the year. 4. Thoroughly read the syllabus and supporting documents. 5. Get all documents (green, pink, gold) signed in ALL places.
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