Task Overview and Goals: Students work in teams of three to five to identify, investigate, and analyze an academic or real-world problem or issue. Each team designs and/or considers options and evaluates alternatives; develops a multimedia presentation to present the argument for their proposed solution or resolution; and provides a defense to questions posed by the teacher.
This task consists of two components:
- (1) Individual research report (1200 words): After working with team to decide and clarify individual approach to team’s question, students will investigate assigned approach, range of perspectives or lens on the problem or issue identified in team research question. Students will synthesize credible sources and evidence which will be shared with team in an individual report that follows AP Seminar Rubric Requirements.
- (2) Team Multimedia Presentation and Oral Defense: Team will develop an 8-10 minute presentation that promotes a convincing arguments for proposed solution or resolution. Claims will be supported by evidence and should show consideration of different perspectives and limitations and implications of proposed solution or resolution.
Objective 1: Question and Explore Topic interests by using QFT to develop an initial research proposal that will be presented to classmates.
II. Reading & Writing:1.) Introduction to Research Proposal Guide
Objective 2: Understand and Analyze topic through rigorous research and investigation of credible sources.
I. Pre-Reading: Introduction to SCOUT mentality and research: Why you think you’re right even when you’re wrong by Julia Galef
II. Reading: Evaluating Credible Sources Stanford Research
III. Post-Reading: Create an annotated bibliography that applies the CRAAP test to sources and explains how you will be using the information provided to your research.
a. What is an Annotated Bibliography?
Objective 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives in Research
I. Pre-Reading: Why Multiple Perspectives?
II. Reading: Apply Multiple Perspectives and Question Formulation to explore and refine understanding of SELECTED TOPIC/ ISSUE.
III. Post Reading Research Roundtables: Use the following as Group Check In a.) Who are the CREDIBLE Specialists/ Organizations or Experts on the topic/ issue you selected? B.) What do they say? What data do they provide to support their claims? C.)How do their ideas compare? How will you use them to answer your Research question?
Objective 4: Synthesize Information
I. Pre-Writing: a.) IRR Student Samples b.) Thesis Statement Gallery Walk
Objective 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit
II. Presentation: Presentation Outline
III. Post Presentation Reflection: Reflection and Self Assessment