Tuesday, May 30

We finished Tim’s Vermeer and talked about how it correlates to your A.P. Research project next year.  We also went over the “John Oliver” project.

Please meet at the Maggie Benston Centre at 3 p.m. today.  Take the skytrain (Millenium Line) to PRODUCTION WAY then the #145 SFU bus.  Get off at the first stop on campus, right by the stairs.  Go up the stairs.  The Maggie Benston Centre is on your right.

You will be taking transit home by yourself after dinner.

Pasta frenzy!

SFU fashions by Aiden 

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Friday, May 26th

I’m sorry I missed you guys today.  Hopefully, you have chosen a story to pursue for our own Last Week Tonight show.  Please come to class on Tuesday for a chat about this.

Our field trip is on Tuesday, May 30th.  Please start heading out to SFU after Period 7.  We will meet at the Maggie Benston Centre , right across from the library, at 3pm.  Remember to bring money for dinner at Anton’s afterwards.

See you on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, May 24th

We watched the documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, today, noting his RESEARCH QUESTION, HYPOTHESIS, METHOD, the pitfalls and successes, and how he dealt with these.  We shall watch the conclusion and discuss this next class.


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Thursday, May 18th

The remaining people presented on their podcasts while everyone else finished off their notes on the PERSPECTIVES for the METACOGNITIVE JOURNAL : Evaluating Multiple Perspectives.

For S:  Synthesis,  we will be DEMONSTRATING our skill rather than writing about it.  You will show your ability to SYNTHESIZE through the DEBATE on June 8th (7:30 a.m.).

  • transform accumulated knowledge, emerging ideas, and perspectives into a CONCLUSION.
  • situate your argument in a larger conversation.
  • consider other perspectives, points of view, lines of reasoning
  • think critically
  • do not simply repeat others’ ideas.

A number of you are off to Japan next week.  The rest of us will watch the documentary Tim’s Vermeer as an example of a RESEARCH PROJECT.

Bon voyage!


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Tuesday, May 16th

Please make sure that you have handed in your METACOGNITIVE JOURNAL ENTRIES on Question and Explore, and 

      Understanding and Analyzing Arguments.

Today, we worked on Evaluating Multiple Perspectives by reporting on the podcasts we’ve listened to and taking notes on the various perspectives represented.  Your notes should include:

  • recognizing the complexity of an issue, idea or problem by comparing different perspectives
  • noting whether these perspectives support, oppose, compete or vary stances on the issue and how these perspectives are in conversation with each other
  • considering the biases, assumptions, relevance and importance of the various perspectives.

We are not quite done, so we shall finish this off on Thursday, May 18th.

Remember that each journal entry is worth 50 marks as it provides evidence of your mastery of the A.P. Capstone Seminar skills.


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Friday, May 12th

We went over the second skill of the Q.U.E.S.T., Understanding and Analyzing arguments, and then went to the lab to listen to our podcasts.  While we listened, we took notes on what we heard to demonstrate the “U.”

  • demonstrate comprehension of concepts and perspectives
  • identify and explain salient ideas in a text
  • explain perspective to others
  • analyze point of view, purpose, line of reasoning, selection of details, method, and quality of evidence
  • identify implications, consequences, limitations.

This is due at the beginning of next class.


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Wednesday, May 10th

We are gathering evidence that you have completed your Q.U.E.S.T. over the next  four classes.  Each METACOGNITIVE JOURNAL entry will be marked out of 50 marks for your class grade.  Today, we wrote on the first aspect:  QUESTION AND EXPLORE.

Provide evidence that you have:

  • stimulated your intellectual curiosity
  • explored competing perspectives
  • developed your own perspective on an issue
  • developed additional questions

After writing this journal entry, we brainstormed possible research topics for next year by reflecting on what you have learned in your A.P. classes, and issues that have arisen in current events.

Please bring headphones on Friday.  We will be listening to podcasts.  Everyone has either signed up for a podcast or has been assigned one.


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Monday, May 8th

We will be back at it on Wednesday, May 10th.  Good luck on your remaining examinations!

Please bring your signed FIELDTRIP FORM to class on Wednesday.


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May the fourth be with you!


Good luck on your END OF COURSE EXAM TODAY!

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Tuesday, May 2nd

We wrote the mock E.O.C. PART II today.  Those of you who handed it in will have it marked and returned on Thursday.

Do note that your exam starts at noon on Thursday, May 4th.  Bring several blue/black ink pens with you.

We will go over Part II and any remaining questions you may have before the exam in class on Thursday.


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