Understanding Complex, Academic Sources

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More than 80 Advanced Placement Seminar students from Shoreham-Wading River High School and Sayville High School came together for a day of collaboration and critical thinking in the two schools’ second annual Advanced Placement Seminar Stimulus Material Review Day. The goal of the daylong event was to better understand a set of complex, academic sources that the College Board releases every year and that students must incorporate into their research papers.

AP Seminar students listened to a presentation from SWR High School science teacher Dr. Sherry Neff on climate change and its scientific, economic, political and social implications. They then participated in a human conditioning experiment led by SWR High School AP Psychology teacher Ann Gianfalla. In addition, students participated in a series of breakout sessions where they worked together to analyze sources to generate possible research questions.

“It was so great to have the opportunity to work with students from another school and hear their ideas,” senior Alexa Ibrahim said. “Students mentioned things that I didn’t even think of, and I know this will give me more options to consider when coming up with a research project.”