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AP Seminar Syllabus: File containing current version of the syllabus
AP Seminar is open to juniors who are interested in the program without imposing any entrance prerequisites for enrollment. AP Seminar is a foundational course that aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. In addition, the course focuses upon relevant and contemporary, global issues that increase students’ awareness and develop their perceptions of their world. Using an inquiry framework of questioning, understanding, evaluating, synthesizing, and transforming, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; experiencing artistic works and performances; conducting research and evaluating evidence; constructing and supporting arguments; and collaborating and communicating. Teachers, together with students, have the flexibility to select issues and themes for deep and extended exploration. Sample topics of exploration for the year include, but are not limited to, education, innovation, justice, revolution, sustainability, and technology. Student learning is evaluated in a number of ways, including the following three required assessments: a collaborative team project and presentation, an individual research-based essay and presentation, and an end-of-course examination. The assessments are summative and will be used to calculate a final AP Score (using the 1-5 scale) for AP Seminar.
The College Board’s AP Seminar web site also has a wide range of information about the course for students and parents athttps://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-seminar