Course title

AP Research


AP Seminar

Course description

Course Outline / Topics / ScheduleBy the end of this course; students will be able to:? Produce scholarly work? Employ research practices? Analyze sources and evidence? Understand context and perspective? Communicate effectively (both writing and speaking)?AP Research; the second course in the AP Capstone experience; allows students to deeply explore anacademic topic; problem; issue; or idea of individual interest. Students design; plan; and implement ayearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry; they further the skills theyacquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology; employing ethical researchpractices; and accessing; analyzing; and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skilldevelopment; document their processes; and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a processand reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4;000 to 5;000 words(accompanied by a performance; exhibit; or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oraldefense.?1The academic paper will include the following elements:? Introduction? Method; Process; or Approach? Discussion; Analysis; and/or Evaluation? Conclusion and Future Directions? BibliographyThe overall AP Research score comes from two components:1. The Academic Paper (4;000?5;000 words): 75%2. Presentation and Oral Defense (15?20 minutes total for presentation followed by three or fourquestions from a panel of three evaluators): 25%Helpful acronyms:? QUEST: Question & Explore; Understand & Analyze; Evaluate Multiple Perspectives; SynthesizeIdeas; Team; Transform & Transmit (an instructional foundation from AP)1 Taken from AP Research Course & Exam Description; Fall 2017? PREP: process and reflection portfolio (how students document the process; communication withthe teacher and/or expert advisor(s); and reflections throughout)? POD: Presentation & Oral Defense (the final presentation after finishing the paper)? CRAAP: Currency; Relevance; Authority; Accuracy; Purpose (a way to evaluate sources ofinformation)? LEADS: for synthesizing (Lay foundation for own study; Elucidate selected problem or topic;Analyze why their study is appropriate; Describe why their study is capable of filling the gap; Showstudies similar to theirs)AP Capstone? Policy on Plagiarism and Falsification or Fabrication of Information?A student who fails to acknowledge the source or author of any and all information or evidence takenfrom the work of someone else through citation; attribution or reference in the body of the work; orthrough a bibliographic entry; will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Seminarand/or AP Research Performance Task. In AP Seminar; a team of students that fails to properlyacknowledge sources or authors on the Team Multimedia Presentation will receive a group score of 0 forthat component of the Team Project and Presentation.?A student who incorporates falsified or fabricated information (e.g. evidence; data; sources; and/orauthors) will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Seminar and/or AP ResearchPerformance Task. In AP Seminar; a team of students that incorporates falsified or fabricated informationin the Team Multimedia Presentation will receive a group score of 0 for that component of the TeamProject and Presentation.?2Course Outline:? Unit 1: Intro to Research (Topic ? Problem Statement ? Research Question Draft)? Unit 2: Finding; Evaluating; and Analyzing Sources (Annotated Bibliography)? Unit 3: Synthesizing Ideas & Finding the Gap (Proposal)? Unit 4: Writing Styles; Organization; and Revision (Writing the Paper)? Unit 5: Presenting Information (POD)? Unit 6: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

School country

United States

School state


School / district Address

18301 Highway 7

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Requested competency code


Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • ENGL
  • 4 years of English

Approved date

Online / Virtual