Capstone Seminar

Learning valuable secondary research and writing skills


NBE3U1 focuses on themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a range of literary, informational, and graphic texts of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit authors in Canada. Students will analyze changes in use of text forms by Aboriginal authors over time periods and within cultures when expressing themes of identity, relationships, and sovereignty in the 21st century. Students will create oral, written, and media texts to explore their own ideas and understanding focusing on the development of literacy, communication, critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university preparation course. HSE4MR enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings of various equity and social justice issues and to analyse strategies for bringing about positive social change. Students will learn about historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and globally. They will explore power relations and the impact of a variety of factors on equity and social justice. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to an equity or social justice issue.

narrative, history, dream
Taught By: Ms. Hammond

Course Content

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Students learn to investigate a problem or issue, analyze arguments, compare different perspectives, synthesize information from multiple sources, and work alone and in a group to communicate their ideas.

Based on the Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this curriculum framework is intended to provide a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. This conceptualization will guide the development and organization of learning outcomes from general to specific, resulting in focused statements about content knowledge and skills needed for success in the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

The AP Seminar curriculum is made up of five big ideas.

  • Big Idea 1: Question and Explore
  • Big Idea 2: Understand and Analyze 
  • Big Idea 3: Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
  • Big Idea 4: Synthesize Ideas
  • Big Idea 5: Team, Transform, and Transmit
Course Skills

The AP Seminar framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills, called transferable skills and proficiencies, that students should practice throughout the year.

Skill Proficiencies
Analyze Sources and Evidence

Understand and Analyze Argument

Identifying the main idea in arguments, analyzing the reasoning, and evaluating the validity of the conclusions

Evaluate Sources and Evidence

Evaluating the credibility and relevance of sources and the evidence they present

Construct an Evidence-Based Argument

Establish Argument

Developing a well-reasoned argument clearly connecting the thesis, claims, and evidence

Select and Use Evidence

Strategically choosing evidence to effectively support claims

Understand Context and Perspective

Understand and Analyze Context

Understanding the complexity of a problem or issue and connecting arguments to the broader context in which they are situated

Understand and Analyze Perspective

Comparing and interpreting multiple diverse perspectives on an issue to understand its complexity

Communicate (interpersonal and intrapersonal)

Engage Audience

Choosing and employing effective written and oral communication techniques, considering audience, context, and purpose

Apply Conventions

Choosing and consistently applying an appropriate citation style and effective conventions of writing


Working constructively with others to accomplish a team goal or task


Articulating challenges, successes, and moments of insight that occur throughout the inquiry process

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