Unit 5: IMP & Individual Written Argument

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.

I.  Pre-Reading: 1.) Introduction IWA Student Samples 2.) Use IMP Rubric to Analyze Sample Presentations

II.  Reading & Writing:1.) 2018 Stimulus Packet 2. Reflection & Socratic Seminar 

III.  Post Reading: 1. Building an Effective Research Question 2.) Question Development Activity (Handout)

Objective 2: Understand and Analyze topic through rigorous research and investigation of credible sources to build an annotated bibliography.

I.  Pre-Reading: 1.) EBSCO Host Refresher 2. Sample Annotated Bibliography 3.  Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab: MLA Style Guide

II.  Reading & Writing: 1.) Online News Source & Magazines 2.) Building a Better 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

III: Post Reading: IWA Reflection III  (TOOLS: Analysis Verbs, Academic Conversation Templates (1))

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

II:  Reading and Writing: Toulmin Model & IWA Reflection IV

III:  Post Writing: Essay Revision

Objective 5: Transmit your Argument

I.  Pre-Reading: Rubric and Alba‘s thinking while you present

II: Reading and Writing: Presentation Skills

III: Post-Writing: Dress Rehearsals  & Peer Revision Questionnaire