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Course Overview
Advanced Placement Government is a course designed to give students an analytical and philosophical perspective on politics and government in the United States. Students develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of democratic theory and philosophy, examine the structure and institutions of the national government, analyze the Constitution and amendments, and investigate political beliefs and behaviors, party politics and interest groups. Civil rights and civil liberties and the interplay of freedom and equality are also primary areas of content and class discussion. The summary objective of the course is to produce an enlightened citizenry patterned after the Jeffersonian ideal. This objective is pursued through consistent emphasis on the knowledge and attitudes necessary for the American democratic experiment to continue and remain vibrant in the 21st century and beyond.


Course Syllabus:


Weekly Topics of Study:



Daily Assignments:
Aug 09 - Review classroom procedures, distribute textbooks with syllabus, and participate in the Human Scavenger Hunt.
Aug 10 - Take the current events quiz.
Aug 11 - Take the political ideology quiz and work on the Amendments Sketch Notes activity.

Aug 14 - Continue working on the Amendments Sketch Notes activity.
Aug 15 - Play Bill of Rightsin the computer lab
Aug 16 - Play Do I have a right? in the computer lab.
Aug 17 - Take the Situational Amendments quiz.
Aug 18 - Complete the Survivor Island activity and work on the Chapter 1 reading guide.

Aug 21 - Complete the Forms of Government handout.
Aug 22 - Work on the Chapter 1 reading guide.
Aug 23 - Take Test #1.
Aug 24 - Work on the Revolutionary War Events timeline project & play For Crown or Colony.
Aug 25 - Compete in the Declaration Shuffle & Grievances project

Aug 28 - Translate the grievances in the Declaration of Independence.
Aug 29 - Create a mannequin for an attendee at the Constitutional Convention.
Aug 30 - Finish the Constitution Convention mannequin.
Aug 31 - Complete the iPhone Apps activity.
Sep 01 - Work on the Gummy Governments activity.

Sep 04 - Labor Day
Sep 05 - Complete the Chapter 2 reading guide.
Sep 06 - Take the Chapter 2 test on the Constitution.
Sep 07 - Work on the Constitution handout.
Sep 08 - Begin the Super Hero Branches Activity.

Sep 11 - View Flight 93 and answer questions about the movie.
Sep 12 - Play the Federalism game.
Sep 13 - Read and answer questions pertaining to the Gibbons V. Ogden case.
Sep 14 - Play Power Play and Counties Work in the lab.
Sep 15 - School day at the fair

Sep 18 - Complete the Whose Problem is it - Federal, State of Local Government?
Sep 19 - Join into teams and play Quizlet to prepare for the Chapter 3 Test.
Sep 20 - Complete the Federalism Scavenger Hunt activity.
Sep 21 - Take the Chapter 3 test.
Sep 22 - Finish the Chapter 3 test on Federalism.

Sep 25 - Conduct the public opinion polling activity in the cafeteria.
Sep 26 - Finish the Immigration handout.
Sep 27 - Analyze and chart the public opinion poll results.
Sep 28 - Finish the Public Opinion handout.
Sep 29 - Create a Pop-Up Foldable featuring a U.S. immigrant.

Oct 02 - Complete the U.S. immigrant Pop-Up Foldable.
Oct 03 - Take the Chapter 6 test on Public Opinion.
Oct 04 - Begin working on the Nightly News Assignment & the Living Room Candidate activities.
Oct 05 - Continue working on the Nightly News Assignment & the Living Room Candidate activities.
Oct 06 - Create a cartoon political advertisement.

Oct 09 - Finish creating a cartoon political advertisement.
Oct 10 - Work on the Public Opinion Polls handout.
Oct 11 - Complete review quizzes in the 5 Steps to A 5 book. End of the first nine weeks
Oct 12 - Compete in a Quizizz trivia game on Media.
Oct 13 - Respond to a FRQ pertaining to Media.

Oct 16 - Take the Chapter 7 test on Media.
Oct 17 - Join into groups and begin working on the political parties project.
Oct 18 - Continue working on the political parties project.
Oct 19 - Finish the political parities project.
Oct 20 - Political parties presentations will be conducted.

Oct 23 - Continue political parties presentations.
Oct 24 - Work on the Third Parties handout.
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Oct 30 - Work on the Political Parties crossword puzzle.
Oct 31 - Complete on the Third Parties handout.
Nov 01 - Work on the Presidential Election project.
Nov 02 - Continue working on the Presidential Election project.
Nov 03 - Complete the Minor Parties notes handout.

Nov 06 - Play Win the White House in the lab.
Nov 07 - Election day
Nov 08 - Finish the Minor Parties notes handout.
Nov 09 - Participate in the Functions of Political Parties game.
Nov 10 - Take the Political Parties test.

Nov 13 - Answer questions pertaining to the 1988 Bush/Dukakis debate.
Nov 14 - Play Win the White House
Nov 15 - Complete the Elections & Campaigns crossword puzzle.
Nov 16 - Take a quiz on nominations and campaigns.
Nov 17 - Work on the Chapters 9 & 10 reading guide.

Nov 20 - Play a Digital Breakout game on elections.
Nov 21 - Take the Chapters 9 & 10 Test.
Nov 22 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Break

Nov 27 - Finish the Campaign Finance handout.
Nov 28 - View the Cost of Campaigns and answer questions pertaining to the video.
Nov 29 - Complete the Interest Groups handout.
Nov 30 - Join into groups and work on the Interest Groups jigsaw activity.
Dec 01 - Complete the Interest Groups jigsaw assignment.

Dec 04 - Interest Group presentations will be conducted.
Dec 05 - Continue Interest Group presentations.
Dec 06 - Create an Interest Group concept cube.
Dec 07 - Take the Chapter 11 test on Interest Groups.
Dec 08 - Finish the Interest Group concept cube.

Dec 11 - Complete the House of Representatives handout.
Dec 12 - Work on the Chapter 12 reading guide.
Dec 13 - Create an illustrated/annotated timeline of events from Congress.
Dec 14 - Play The Redistricting Game in the computer lab.
Dec 15 - Create a WTWL Board of your choice in the computer lab.

Dec 18 - None
Dec 19 - End of the second nine weeks and first semester

Jan 03 - Join into teams and play the Senate game.
Jan 04 - Continue creating a WTWL Board in the computer lab.
Jan 05 - Answer questions pertaining to a statistics chart on Congress.

Jan 08 - School closed due to inclement weather.
Jan 09 - Complete a Venn diagram organizing the powers of Congress and Senate.
Jan 10 - Read about the day in the life of a senator and create an itinerary for him.
Jan 11 - Create a mannequin for a Senator.
Jan 12 - Take a quiz on Congress.

Jan 15 - Take the Chapter 12 test on Congress.
Jan 16 - Begin the President baseball card assignment.
Jan 17 - Continue the baseball card assignment.
Jan 18 - Play Executive Command in the computer lab.
Jan 19 - View the presidential inauguration.

Jan 22 - Fill out the Appointing the Cabinet activity.
Jan 23 - Complete the Presidency crossword puzzle.
Jan 24 - Take a FRQ on Congress.
Jan 25 - Work on the Cabinet Departments handout.
Jan 26 - Take the Know the Presidents quiz.

Jan 29 - School closed due to inclement weather.
Jan 30 - Take the Executive Branch test.
Jan 31 - Complete the WTWL test review game boards.
Feb 01 - View the movie Dave.
Feb 02 - Continue viewing the movie Dave.

Feb 05 - Finish watching Dave.
Feb 06 - Join into groups and begin working on the Fight for Your Life! project.
Feb 07 - Continue working on the Fight for Your Life! project.
Feb 08 - Complete the Fight for Your Life! project.
Feb 09 - Fight for Your Life! presentations will be conducted.

Feb 12 - Finish the Fight for Your Life! presentations.
Feb 13 - Take notes on the Federal Bureaucracy.
Feb 14 - School closed due to inclement weather.
Feb 15 - Play iCivics People's Pie in the computer lab.
Feb 16 - Work on the Chapter 14 reading guide.

Feb 19 - Take the Chapters 14 & 15 test.
Feb 20 - Complete the Judicial Branch crossword puzzle.
Feb 21 - Participate in the Supreme Court Tic-Tac-Toe game.
Feb 22 - Finish the Supreme Court Tic-Tac-Toe game.
Feb 23 - Create a story board for a selected Supreme Court case.

Feb 26 - Take a FRQ on the Executive Branch.
Feb 27 - Continue working on the story boards for a Supreme Court case.
Feb 28 - Read an article on Norway's Halden Prison and answer questions about the article.
Mar 01 - Complete the Court System handout.
Mar 02 - Play Court Quest in the computer lab.

Mar 05 - Join into teams and play WTWL.
Mar 06 - Take the Chapter 16 test on Federal Courts. Play Court Quest in the lab.
Mar 07 - Summarize a list of cases that pertain to civil liberties.
Mar 08 - Continue summarizing civil liberties cases. Quizlet
Mar 09 - Take a quiz on civil liberties cases.

Mar 12 - Work on the Personal Rights & More crossword puzzle.
Mar 13 - Answer Civil Liberties Exercises
Mar 14 - Schools closed due to inclement weather.
Mar 15 - Play Do I have a right? Bill of Rights in the lab.
Mar 16 - Finish the Civil Rights and the Supreme Court handout.

Mar 19 - Complete the Capital Punishment handout.
Mar 20 - Take the Chapter 4 test on Civil Liberties.
Mar 21 - View the Mighty Times: The Children's March and answer questions to it.
Mar 22 - Complete the Louisiana Voter Test.
Mar 23 - Play Flight to Freedom in the lab.

Mar 26 - Work on the Capital Punishment handout.
Mar 27 - Create a timeline featuring major events from the civil rights movement.
Mar 28 - Take the Chapter 5 test on civil rights.
Mar 29 - Play Spent and Ayiti in the computer lab.
Mar 30 - View 30 Days: Minimum Wage and answer questions to it.

Apr 02 - Begin working on the Chapter 17 reading guide.
Apr 03 - Join into teams and play the Business, Labor and Agriculture game.
Apr 04 - Work on the State Finances handout.
Apr 05 - Begin working on the Apprentice activity.
Apr 06 - Continue working on the Apprentice activity.

Apr 09 - Fill out forms for the AP Government exam.
Apr 10 - None
Apr 11 - Finish working on the Apprentice activity.
Apr 12 - None
Apr 13 - School is closed for Spring Break.

Apr 16 - School is closed for Spring Break.
Apr 17 - The Apprentice fundraising projects will be conducted and Homecoming t-shirts will be due.
Apr 18 - None
Apr 19 - None
Apr 20 - None

Apr 23 - Complete the So You're 18 booklet questions.
Apr 24 - None
Apr 25 - Join into teams and play the Independent Agencies game.
Apr 26 - Finish the Chapter 17 reading guide.
Apr 27 - Take the Chapter 17 test on economic policy.

Apr 30 - Complete the AP vocabulary quilt activity.
May 01 - Take a simulated AP Government Exam and score the results.
May 02 - Continue working on the AP vocabulary quilt activity.
May 03 - Take the AP Government Exam.
May 04 - None

May 07 - None
May 08 - View Catch Me If You Can and answer questions pertaining to the film.
May 09 - Continue viewing Catch Me If You Can.
May 10 - None
May 11 - Last day of class.

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May 15 -
May 16 -

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Mr. Beverly's 2017 schedule:
1st period - World History I
2nd period - World History I Honors
3rd period - A.P. Government
4th period - Administration
5th period - Planning


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Useful Links:
IDEAlog
iCivics
UVA's YLI
AP GOPO Practice Quizzes
C-Span's "Cram for the Exam" 2012 Review
Why do Americans Vote on Tuesday?
Road to the Capitol - Run for Congress
How the Electoral College Works
10 X 10 - the top 100 current event words for the given time period.
In One Second on the Internet
The benefit of taking an AP Class