Weight: 35% of the AP Seminar score
This packet includes stimulus materials for the AP Seminar Performance Assessment Task: Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation. This essay should be in the form of an argument.
You must identify a research question prompted by the provided stimulus materials, gather additional information from outside sources, develop and refine an argument, write and revise your argument, and create a presentation that you will be expected to defend. Your teacher will give you a deadline for when you need to submit your written argument and presentation media. Your teacher will also give you a date on which you will give your presentation.
1. Individual Written Argument (approximately 2000 words)
❯ Read, analyze, and discuss the provided stimulus materials to identify areas for inquiry.
❯ Compose a research question of your own prompted by the stimulus materials.
❯ Gather additional information from outside sources through research.
❯ Analyze, evaluate, and select evidence to develop a well-reasoned and well written argument that answers the research question and conveys your perspective.
Individual Multimedia Presentation (6–8 minutes)
Develop a presentation that conveys your key findings and deliver it to an audience of your peers. The presentation and the media used to enhance the presentation should consider audience, context, and purpose. The presentation should reflect the major components of your written argument. Engage your audience using appropriate strategies (e.g., eye contact, vocal variety, expressive gestures, movement).
❯ Use effective visual design elements to engage your audience and illustrate your points.
❯ Use appropriate communication strategies. Do not read directly from your paper, slides, or a script. Instead, interact with visuals or other supporting elements. Rehearse your commentary in advance and prepare notecards or an outline that you can quickly reference as you are speaking.
❯ Make explicit connections between the evidence you choose and claims about your key findings.
❯ Situate your perspective within a larger context