Welcome to the Maelstrom: The Point of Life
McQueen AP Biology Home Page
The content and materials of AP Biology is extensive and encompasses three semesters of college biology during nine tenths of a high school year. Students will be asked to select various types of learning activities within a set structure, complete those activities and defend their depth of and completeness of the objectives that are given to them. They will take tests and be encouraged to do as much as possible to develop their skills as students. As parents I ask that you make sure that your student watches the videos, completes their assignments and is able to describe what they have learned and how they have learned it. My job will be more extensive. Please view my AP Biology short description at this link
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Robert McQueen High School
AP Biology: Maelstrom, The Game
School year 2014-2015
Instructor: Petrina McCarty-Puhl
Office: Room 502
Phone: 775-746-5880. 32142
Advanced Placement Biology is a challenging and broad curriculum. In order to enhance the experience of this class, students will be required to think, interpret, synthesize and develop materials to demonstrate their academic growth and depth of understanding in order to be fully prepared for the College Board’s AP Biology examination in the spring.
This class is designed as a multiplayer game.
Class time will be divided between fighting monsters (Quizzes, Exams, AP Exam Practice tests, etc.), completing quests (assignments, labs, readings and defense of learning) and crafting (student reflection, designing labs and guild cooperation).
At the beginning of the semester everyone in the class will choose and name their avatars. The first task is to form a guild with people whose skills will add to your strengths. Guild membership will be determined by final class size.
Each guild will be composed of one mage, one warrior and one healer. They may be more if each character on your team but there must be at least one of each.
You will begin the first day of class as a Level One avatar. Level five is the highest level you can achieve. There is one exception and that is to receive special recognition in the Order of Charybdis.
Your level will be determined by your XP on a scale of 5500 X. You gain XP by defeating mobs, completing quests and crafting. Your work will be graded both individually and as a guild. Collaboration, cooperation, and mutual support will be recognized as part of your XP points. Grading is rigorous. Spelling, grammar and punctuation must be proofed. Total XP will suffer otherwise.
This game is currently in closed beta, so a number of changes may occur throughout the semester. Some current ideas are as follows:
· Class website. The site will mature and expand though out the semester.
· If all members of a guild score 75% for a particular Quest monster (exam), then the entire team will receive a bonus.
· If all members of a guild score 85% for a particular Quest monster, then the entire team will receive a second bonus.
There are four quests each semester.
1. Chemeia Bios: Biochemistry
2. Kittaro: Cells
3. Akanthos: Plants
4. Genetikos: Genetics
5. Ekseliksi: Evolution
6. Zodiac: Animal systems
7. Oikos: Ecology
8. Tardigrada: Water Bears
Within the quest there will be assignment at the highest level, ranked as gold. Gold assignments are the greatest challenge. You will have to compose, create, design, synthesize, plan or invent. Silver assignments require you to analyze, evaluate, critique, summarize. Bronze assignments are less challenging and require you to identify, remember, understand, and apply.
A buff is an enhancement to a player’s powers, either permanent or temporary. A permanent enhancement occurs with leveling. A temporary enhancement is caused by something within the world of the game, such as a spell. CAUTION: there are kobalos in the game which are mischievous creatures who can trick you and take away your powers.
Plagiarism, submitting assignments written or copied from others, and other forms of academic misconduct are governed by school and district policy. In a word: DON’T.
Participate with civility and an abiding appreciation for the power of words. Respect others, even those who have opposing views.
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