AP Seminar Year 10-12 Prerequisite: None 1 unit, 1 period
AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world issues and topics. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, as well as foundational, literary, and philosophical as well as non-linguistic texts such as speeches and artistic performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. The course’s central aim is to equip students to accurately analyze evaluate information with precision, and craft strong, evidence-based arguments. There is a written end-of course exam. AP Seminar is the first course students must take to qualify for the AP Capstone Diploma, an opportunity for Wilson students in 2020/2021. In its inaugural year at Wilson, we are offering AP Seminar as an AP elective to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.
In 2020-2021, Wilson will offer AP Research, a course in which students explore various research methods and complete an independence research project. The project can build on a topic, problem, or issue covered in AP Seminar or on a brand-new topic of the student’s choosing. At the end of the project, students submit an academic paper and present and defend research findings. These components contribute to the to the overall AP Research score. There is no end-of-course exam.