Task Overview and Goals: The College Board will release cross-curricular source material representing a range of perspectives focused on a single theme or topic. Students will use these texts to identify a research question of their own; conduct research; analyze, evaluate, and select evidence to develop an argument; and present and defend their conclusions. The final paper must refer to and incorporate at least one of the provided sources. This task consists of three components:
(1) Individual written argument (2000 words): After composing a research question prompted by stimulus materials, students will gather information from a range of additional sources representing a variety of perspectives, including scholarly work, that will be used a in coherent, convincing, and well-written argument which identifies opposing or alternate views and considers their implications and/or limitations while also developing resolutions, conclusions, and solutions to original research questions.
(2) Individual multimedia presentation (6-8 minutes): Students will develop and prepare an oral presentation that will convey argument with the support of appropriate technology and visual media as well as appropriate use of audience engagement strategies.
(3) Individual oral defense (two questions): Students will defend research process, use of evidence, and conclusion(s), solution(s), or recommendations(s) through oral responses to two questions asked by teacher.
Objective 1: Question and Explore Topic interests by using QFT to develop an initial research proposal connected to AP College Board Stimulus Material.
Objective 2: Understand and Analyze topic through rigorous research and investigation of credible sources to build an annotated bibliography.
III. Post Reading: IWA Reflection II
Objective 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives on TOPIC
I. Pre-Reading: Determining the Perspectives for IWA
II. Reading & Writing: Professional Journals v. Journalism
What does the investigation of the PROBLEM through specialized lenses reveal about the PROBLEM at the center of your research: I. Lens 1 II. Lens 2. Lens 3
Objective 4: Synthesize SOLUTIONS
I. Pre-Reading: 3 Minute Thesis
III: Post Writing: Essay Revision
Objective 5: Transmit your Argument
II: Reading and Writing: Presentation Skills
III: Post-Writing: Dress Rehearsals & Peer Revision Questionnaire