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AP Capstone: The New Kid On the Block

Students welcome AP Capstone into the El Modena honors program this school year

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Mr. Benner smiles as he starts off the school year teaching AP Seminar. (Photo via Ai-vi Allred)

Mr. Benner smiles as he starts off the school year teaching AP Seminar. (Photo via Ai-vi Allred)

Mr. Benner smiles as he starts off the school year teaching AP Seminar. (Photo via Ai-vi Allred)

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This year, El Modena introduced a new course to campus: AP Capstone. “AP Capstone is a two year program that deals with AP Seminar and AP Research,” according to Mr. Benner, the AP Seminar teacher.

     AP Seminar is the first class in the program and is available to take this year. It teaches students how to research, find “valid sources,” and create presentations with “researched arguments, not opinions.”

     Mr. Benner plans to assign students three practice presentations to prepare for the AP assessment. “By the end of the year, students will be able to write a 1200 word essay that is researched, organized, and logical.”

     AP Seminar is available to juniors. AP Research, taught by Mrs. Chertock, will be available to seniors next year. If passed both years, an AP Capstone diploma is awarded. Many colleges regard AP Capstone highly, offering college credit and merit scholarships.

     And to all the Benner fans out there, he won’t retire for at least three years. “El Mo is a great place to work and I enjoy teaching here, particularly AP Seminar.”

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7 Responses to “AP Capstone: The New Kid On the Block”

  1. Jessica Corson on September 19th, 2017 12:10 pm

    Such a cool class! Wish I could’ve taken it! I hope everyone thoroughly enjoys this class.

  2. Samantha Venegas on September 19th, 2017 12:10 pm

    This class sounds really cool. Wish I could’ve been a part of it !!

  3. Wyatt Terlaak on September 19th, 2017 12:11 pm

    Kinda mad I didn’t take this class this year

  4. Bobby Almand on September 19th, 2017 12:12 pm

    I had heard about this but didn’t really know what it was. I am also really glad Mr. Jenner is not leaving

  5. Jenny Hamburg on September 19th, 2017 12:13 pm

    I didn’t know about this! Interesting! Great Article Sophia!

  6. autumn allred on September 19th, 2017 12:20 pm

    It’s nice to know that my favorite teacher issn’t leaving just yet. My picture looks so good!

  7. Ilaise on September 19th, 2017 7:02 pm

    Really wanted to join, but couldn’t. Mr. Benner is an awesome teacher and I’m glad he plans on staying for a while longer.

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