Below you will find overview materials for AP Seminar, including the teacher syllabus and a document outlining the entire course structure and milestones. We have also included several PowerPoint presentations that were used for an accelerated summer course. Due to the shortened timeframe of that course, these presentations combine ideas from several different modules and will not align with the modules below used in the standard-length course.

AP SEMINAR: Critical Thinking and Research Basics

This gives an overview of AP Capstone. It also introduces us to “Critical Thinking” and “Writing”.

Exploratory Research and Narrowing Questions

This PowerPoint talks about “generating individual lenses”, “considering perspectives” and “refining” your questions.

Proper Source Selection

This talks about “deciding what to look for” in your sources and “setting up extended annotated bibliographies”

Identifying Main Ideas and Argument Structures

This talks about “context and background information vs claims and arguments” and “identifying parts and their relationships” in regards to arguments

Part 2: Epistemology and The Basics of Informal Logic

“Epistemology” is “the theory, or study, of knowledge”. There are “Epistemic ‘Schools of Thought’ and Inquiry” and there is “logic”, “The science of philosophy and argumentation”.

Part 3: Evaluating and What to Consider (Rhetoric and Methods of Persuasion)

This talks about evaluating “the effectiveness of the evidence the author uses to support the claims made in the argument”

Part 4: RAVEN and Logical Fallacy

RAVEN stands for Reputation, Ability to see, Vested interest, Evidence, and Neutrality. Logical Fallacies is “when Persuasion is effective, but deceptive”

Part 5: Art as Argument, Visual Rhetoric, and OPTIC

This is about whether “texts and images that are performative, artistic, or ambiguous” can be used as arguments or not.

Recognizing Common Arguments, and Building your Own (In Three Common Structures)

There is the “Toulmin method”, “Rogerian Method”, and “Classical Method”.

“AP4CTE AP Seminar”

This is the overview for the “AP4CTE AP Seminar: Building a Dynamic Workforce” course.

“AP4CTE AP Seminar” AVG Version

This is the same overview, but an AVG version.

“AP4CTE AP Seminar: Building a Dynamic Workforce” Syllabus

This is the teacher version of the syllabus for the course “AP4CTE AP Seminar: Building a Dynamic Workforce”

AVG version of “AP4CTE AP Seminar: Building a Dynamic Workforce”

This is the AVG teacher version of the syllabus for the course “AP4CTE AP Seminar: Building a Dynamic Workforce”