Researching, Thinking, Writing, and Presenting


    AP Seminar is an interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration, and academic research skills on topics of the student's choosing.

    *2023-24 is the first year OHS has offered this course.  This site is under construction. As we work through the year, more items will be added.

    What to expect in AP Seminar?
    In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence- based arguments.
    What is the objective of AP Seminar?
    Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.
    QUEST Framework (The 5 BIG IDEAS)
    Question and Explore

    Questioning begins with an initial exploration of complex topics or issues. Perspectives and questions emerge that spark one’s curiosity, leading to an investigation that challenges and expands the boundaries of one’s current knowledge.

    Understand and Analyze Arguments

    Understanding various perspectives requires contextualizing arguments and evaluating the authors’ claims and lines of reasoning.

    Evaluate Multiple Perspectives

    Evaluating an issue involves considering and evaluating multiple perspectives both individually and in comparison to one another.

    Synthesize Ideas

    Synthesizing others’ ideas with one’s own may lead to new understandings and is the foundation of a well-reasoned argument that conveys one’s perspective.

    Team, Transform, and Transmit

    Teaming allows one to combine personal strengths and talents with those of others to reach a common goal. Transformation and growth occur upon thoughtful reflection. Transmitting requires the adaptation of one’s message based on audience and context.