It is finally time for you to take on the Create Performance Task. For a total of 12 class hours, you should work on your projects with only specific types of teacher support allowed (essentially: Advise on process. Teachers can't influence or evaluate ideas). You may also work with a collaborative partner in development of your program - written responses must be done on your own.
The lesson includes reminders about how teachers can interact with students while you are working on your projects, and suggestions about time line. The Create PT requires a minimum of 12 hours of class time. At the end, you will submit your program code, program video, and written responses through your AP digital portfolio
Students will be able to:
- Complete and submit their Create Performance Task.
There are no new CS concepts covered in this lesson. Students will work individually or with a collaborative partner on the Create Performance Task.
- AP Digital Portfolio - Teacher Guide, PDF
- Create PT Survival Guide, PDF
- Create PT Survival Guide, Word
- AP Performance Task Directions, PDF
- Create PT Scoring and Guidelines, PDF
For the next 12 or so days, you will be completing the Create Performance Task. Most of the work for this task must be done independently - but you are allowed to collaborate with another student to create a program. But you must have enough individual contributions to meet all the requirements of the written responses, so make sure it is a true collaboration. Your teacher can help you with the process and timeline, and keep you on task.Distribute: AP Performance Task Directions
Read page 3: Preparing for the Through-Course Performance Tasks
This is a general checklist of things you should do to prepare for any of the AP Performance Tasks. Let's see how we did:Prompt: With a partner - one person reading from the top down, the other reading from bottom up - check off things we've done to prepare so far. Identify anything we haven't done, and be sure to note the Create PT-specific items.
Quick chat with your partner to summarize anything new or unexpected you discovered.
- Some of the items do not pertain to the Create PT so can be ignored
- Everything else should have been covered in one way or another if you've done the prep lessons prior to this and used the Create PT Survival guide.
- Address any questions students have
Read page 12: Preparing for the Create Performance Task
This is another checklist of things you should do to prepare specifically for the Create Performance task. Again, let's see how we did.Prompt: Again divide and conquer - with a partner scan the page and check off things you feel confident about, and pull out things you're not sure about.
- Again most of the things on this list are things we've done in the previous preparation lessons.
- They suggest keeping a journal to log things like decision points about opportunities and difficulties, algorithm and abstraction -- we recommend using the Create PT Planning Organizer as a structured way to log that important information.
Read page 2: Policy on Plagiarism & Peer-to-Peer Collaboration
Read the two sections on Page 2, or point out the relevant portions (highlighted below). This is info to have in the background before you go read the guidelines for completing the task in the next section.Point out Plagiarism applies to the Create PT as well. Specifically:Point out Collaboration is allowed as well:
...but you need to be careful that you have enough original work to submit as your own Performance Task.
Hold off discussing these things until after you read the guidelines on pages 12-13.
Read pages 12 - 13: Guidelines for Completing the Create Performance Task
This is a final list of Do's and Don'ts for the Create PT.Prompt: With your partner, read the You must, You may, and You may not sections of this page. Then with you partner summarize: what kinds of things can your teacher help you with?
- Let students read and discuss with partners
- Discuss specifically how you (teacher) are allowed to help and not. Short version: you can help students with the process of completing the task, you cannot help by evaluating their work or ideas in any way.
- There may be some gray area around these items:
- Taken together this means you can submit a project that you had worked on previously, as long as the algorithms and abstractions identified in your response are new and original - and you haven't received feedback on them from a teacher.
- If you modify an existing project for the Create PT make sure that the purpose is also new, or modified to fit the changes and updates you are making. For example: "The purpose was to add a login feature to a game I made previously".
Plagiarism and the Create PT
Students may also notice this line from the guidelines:
How to acknowledge others' work, previous work, and cite sources for the Create PT
- Add comments in the program code you submit to indicate which parts were written individually
- In response 2b (development process) make sure to indicate that the work was done collaboratively and refer the reader to comments left in the code.
- In responses 2a and 2b, if building off an earlier project, be sure to mention that the purpose was to extend previous work - whether your own or someone else's - and also make that clear in the development process section.
- If using images, media or other copyrighted material found on the web, you should cite those sources in comments in your program code - usually at the top. Something like:
//The images used in this app come from: // bird image - http://name-of-site.com/path/to/image.jpg // flower image - http://site.com/path/to/flower.jpg
- Take out your Create PT timeline that we developed and reviewed.
- Ask and answer any remaining questions
- Remind students of the overall timeline and that the official PT time is about to start
Go! Complete Performance TaskAP Digital Portfolio Access - College Board Site
Students submit completed Create Performance Task
- You are encouraged to submit and save work in the AP digital portfolio as you go!
- At the designated end of the Task administration (having allowed for at least 12 hours of class time for work) students should submit their computational artifacts, and written responses to their AP Digital Portfolio Access - College Board Site. You can find more instructions as well by using the AP Digital Portfolio - Teacher Guide in the Resources section.
Before they submit their final work:
- Encourage students to check over the Create PT Survival Guide checklists one more time to make sure they met the requirements.
- Make sure they have all the components necessary for the Create Performance Task.
- Computer Science Principles: 1.2.1 (A, B, C, D, E)
- Computer Science Principles: 1.2.2 (A, B)
- Computer Science Principles: 1.2.3 (A, B, C
- Computer Science Principles: 1.2.4 (A, B, C, D, E, F)
- Computer Science Principles: 2.2.1 (A, B, C)
- Computer Science Principles: 2.2.2 (A, B)
- Computer Science Principles: 4.1.1 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)
- Computer Science Principles: 4.1.2 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.1.1 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.1.2 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.1.3 (A, B, C, D, E, F)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.2.1 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.3.1 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.4.1 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N)
- Computer Science Principles: 5.5.1 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J)
- Computer Science Principles: 7.5.1 (A, B, C)