Unit 8 - Create PT Prep

This short unit prepares students to complete the AP® Create Performance Task (PT). Students will have learned the skills and concepts necessary to complete the task in previous units and will even have seen components of the task itself. This unit fully explains all components of the task and walks students through completing and submitting it.

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Modifications for Virtual and Socially-Distanced Classrooms

Are you teaching in a virtual setting or in a socially-distanced classroom? Check out this document for ideas and resources to help you tailor common practices like Think Pair Share or Peer Feedback to your learning environment.

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Week 1

Lesson 1: Create PT - Review the Task

  • Lessom Modifications
  • Warm Up (10 mins)
  • Activity (25 mins)
  • Wrap Up (10 mins)

This lesson contains a series of activities you can use to help students familiarize themselves with Create Performance Task, how it is scored, and some example tasks created by Code.org.

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Lesson 2: Create PT - Make a Plan

  • Lesson Modifications
  • Getting Started (5 mins)
  • Activity (60 mins)
  • Wrap-up (10 Minutes)

This lesson uses the Create PT Survival Guide as the backbone for a series of activities to ramp up to doing the actual Create PT. It contains activities to help students understand the requirements of the task, as well as activities to help them narrow down and brainstorm ideas for their actual project.

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Week 2

Lesson 3: Create PT - Complete the Task (12 hrs)

  • Lesson Modifications
  • Warm Up (20 mins)
  • Activity (12 hours)
  • Wrap-up

The lesson includes some final reminders and guidelines for completing the Create PT before officially starting. For a total of 12 class hours, you will work on your project with only types of teacher support allowed (essentially: Advise on process, not ideas). You may also work with a collaborative partner in in development of you program - written responses must be done on your own.

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