Hello parents and guardians!
We are halfway through the Performance Task portion of the AP Seminar course. Last week students filmed their Team Multimedia Presentations and this week we will upload those presentation videos (and the Individual Research Reports that go with them) to the students’ Digital Portfolios for scoring by the College Board. I was very happy with all of the performances and I’m confident that they’re all doing very well thus far.
Over the long weekend, students began reading the stimulus materials for the second, individual performance task. They will be generating research questions based on those materials, writing a 2000 word argumentative essay based on their research, and then filming a 6-8 minute individual presentation. They’ve done this before and I know they are ready; however, this is a task where I’m asking you to help me out!
Spring gets busy and schedules get crazy very quickly. The independent nature of this project is an extra challenge for some students, so I’m hoping you can help me impress upon them the need to self monitor. Beyond the research, writing and presentation skills they will gain during this project, I think the ability to tackle a large independent project and manage their own timelines is perhaps even more important for their futures in college. I will do my best to gently nudge and not-so-gently nag if necessary, but I hope you can help as well. The more they talk about what they’re doing and share their progress, the more likely they are to avoid the dreaded all-nighters in April.
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
March 11: Annotated Bibliographies due
Have a great evening!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire