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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 10 - Review classroom procedures, distribute textbooks with syllabus, and participate in the Human Scavenger Hunt.
Aug 11 - Take the political ideology quiz and discuss the results.
Aug 12 - Work on the Amendments Sketch Notes activity.

Aug 15 - Play Do I Have a Right? in the computer lab.
Aug 16 - Take a quiz on situational amendments.
Aug 17 - Complete the Survivor Island activity and work on the Chapter 1 reading guide.
Aug 18 - Finish the Forms of Government handout.
Aug 19 - Practice writing a FRQ on the clubs at JSB.

Aug 22 - Join into teams and play WTWL to review for the Chapter 1 test.
Aug 23 - Take Test #1.
Aug 24 - Finish the Revolutionary War Events timeline project & play For Crown or Colony.
Aug 25 - Create a mannequin for an attendee at the Constitutional Convention.
Aug 26 - Compete in the Declaration Shuffle & Grievances project.

Aug 29 - Translate the grievances in the Declaration of Independence.
Aug 30 - Work on the Chapter 2 reading guide.
Aug 31 - Play Do I have a right? Bill of Rights in the computer lab.
Sep 01 - Complete the iPhone Apps activity.
Sep 02 - Participate in the Constitution Convention simulation.

Sep 05 - Labor Day
Sep 06 - Complete the Constitution handout.
Sep 07 - Join into teams and play WTWL.
Sep 08 - Take the Chapter 2 test on the Constitution.
Sep 09 - Work on the YLI Federalism activity.

Sep 12 - View Flight 93 and answer questions about the movie.
Sep 13 - Answer questions about the Gibbons v Ogden case.
Sep 14 - Play the Federalism game.
Sep 15 - Play Power Play and Counties Work in the lab.
Sep 16 - Begin the Super Hero Branches Activity. School day at the fair

Sep 19 - Complete the Super Hero Branches activity.
Sep 20 - Work on the Chapter 3 reading guide.
Sep 21 - Join into teams and play WTWL.
Sep 22 - Take the Chapter 3 test.
Sep 23 - Play Counties Work in the computer lab.

Sep 26 - Begin the public opinion polling activity.
Sep 27 - Conduct the public opinion polling activity in the cafeteria.
Sep 28 - Analyze and chart the public opinion poll results.
Sep 29 - Play City of Immigrants and iCivic's Immigration Nation
Sep 30 - Complete the Federalism selfie scavenger hunt.

Oct 03 - Work on the Chapter 6 Reading Guide.
Oct 04 - Finish the Federalism scavenger hunt.
Oct 05 - Complete the Opinion Polls activity.
Oct 06 - Join into teams and play WTWL to review for the Chapter 6 test.
Oct 07 - Take the Chapter 6 test on public opinion.

Oct 10 - Begin working on the Nightly News Assignment & the Living Room Candidate activities.
Oct 11 - Continue working on the Nightly News Assignment & the Living Room Candidate activities.
Oct 12 - Take notes on media. End of the first nine weeks
Oct 13 - Create a Toon Doo for a mock political ad.
Oct 14 - Respond to a FRQ pertaining to demographics.

Oct 17 - Work on the Election Campaigns handout.
Oct 18 - Play Quizlet live and take a quiz on Media. Poll
Oct 19 - Join into teams and play WTWL.
Oct 20 - Take the Chapter 7 test on media. Parent conferences
Oct 21 - Join into groups and begin working on the political parties project.

Oct 24 - Continue working on the political parties project.
Oct 25 - Continue working on the political parties project.
Oct 26 - Finish the political parties project.
Oct 27 - Political parties presentations will be conducted.
Oct 28 - Continue the political parties presentations.

Oct 31 - Work on the Political Parties crossword puzzle.
Nov 01 - Complete on the Third Parties handout.
Nov 02 - Work on the Presidential Election project.
Nov 03 - Continue working on the Presidential Election project.
Nov 04 - Complete the Minor Parties notes handout.

Nov 07 - Play Win the White House in the lab.
Nov 08 - Election day
Nov 09 - Finish the Minor Parties notes handout.
Nov 10 - Participate in the Functions of Political Parties game.
Nov 11 - Take the Political Parties test.

Nov 14 - Answer questions pertaining to the 1988 Bush/Dukakis debate.
Nov 15 - Play Win the White House
Nov 16 - Complete the Elections & Campaigns crossword puzzle.
Nov 17 - Take a quiz on nominations and campaigns.
Nov 18 - Work on the Chapters 9 & 10 reading guide.

Nov 21 - Play a Digital Breakout game on elections.
Nov 22 - Take the Chapters 9 & 10 Test.
Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Break

Nov 28 - Finish the Campaign Finance handout.
Nov 29 - View the Cost of Campaigns and answer questions pertaining to the video.
Nov 30 - Complete the Interest Groups handout.
Dec 01 - Join into groups and work on the Interest Groups jigsaw activity.
Dec 02 - Complete the Interest Groups jigsaw assignment.

Dec 05 - Interest Group presentations will be conducted.
Dec 06 - Continue Interest Group presentations.
Dec 07 - Create an Interest Group concept cube.
Dec 08 - Take the Chapter 11 test on Interest Groups.
Dec 09 - Finish the Interest Group concept cube.

Dec 12 - Complete the House of Representatives handout.
Dec 13 - Work on the Chapter 12 reading guide.
Dec 14 - Create an illustrated/annotated timeline of events from Congress.
Dec 15 - Play The Redistricting Game in the computer lab.
Dec 16 - Create a WTWL Board of your choice in the computer lab.

Dec 19 - None
Dec 20 - End of the second nine weeks and first semester

Jan 04 - Join into teams and play the Senate game.
Jan 05 - Continue creating a WTWL Board in the computer lab.
Jan 06 - Answer questions pertaining to a statistics chart on Congress.

Jan 09 - School closed due to inclement weather.
Jan 10 - Complete a Venn diagram organizing the powers of Congress and Senate.
Jan 11 - Read about the day in the life of a senator and create an itinerary for him.
Jan 12 - Create a mannequin for a Senator.
Jan 13 - Take a quiz on Congress.

Jan 16 - Take the Chapter 12 test on Congress.
Jan 17 - Begin the President baseball card assignment.
Jan 18 - Continue the baseball card assignment.
Jan 19 - Play Executive Command in the computer lab.
Jan 20 - View the presidential inauguration.

Jan 23 - Fill out the Appointing the Cabinet activity.
Jan 24 - Complete the Presidency crossword puzzle.
Jan 25 - Take a FRQ on Congress.
Jan 26 - Work on the Cabinet Departments handout.
Jan 27 - Take the Know the Presidents quiz.

Jan 30 - School closed due to inclement weather.
Jan 31 - Take the Executive Branch test.
Feb 01 - Complete the WTWL test review game boards.
Feb 02 - View the movie Dave.
Feb 03 - Continue viewing the movie Dave.

Feb 06 - Finish watching Dave.
Feb 07 - Join into groups and begin working on the Fight for Your Life! project.
Feb 08 - Continue working on the Fight for Your Life! project.
Feb 09 - Complete the Fight for Your Life! project.
Feb 10 - Fight for Your Life! presentations will be conducted.

Feb 13 - Finish the Fight for Your Life! presentations.
Feb 14 - Take notes on the Federal Bureaucracy.
Feb 15 - School closed due to inclement weather.
Feb 16 - Play iCivics People's Pie in the computer lab.
Feb 17 - Work on the Chapter 14 reading guide.

Feb 20 - Take the Chapters 14 & 15 test.
Feb 21 - Complete the Judicial Branch crossword puzzle.
Feb 22 - Participate in the Supreme Court Tic-Tac-Toe game.
Feb 23 - Finish the Supreme Court Tic-Tac-Toe game.
Feb 24 - Create a story board for a selected Supreme Court case.

Feb 27 - Take a FRQ on the Executive Branch.
Feb 28 - Continue working on the story boards for a Supreme Court case.
Mar 01 - Read an article on Norway's Halden Prison and answer questions about the article.
Mar 02 - Complete the Court System handout.
Mar 03 - Play Court Quest in the computer lab.

Mar 06 - Join into teams and play WTWL.
Mar 07 - Take the Chapter 16 test on Federal Courts. Play Court Quest in the lab.
Mar 08 - Summarize a list of cases that pertain to civil liberties.
Mar 09 - Continue summarizing civil liberties cases. Quizlet
Mar 10 - Take a quiz on civil liberties cases.

Mar 13 - Work on the Personal Rights & More crossword puzzle.
Mar 14 - Answer Civil Liberties Exercises
Mar 15 - Schools closed due to inclement weather.
Mar 16 - Play Do I have a right? Bill of Rights in the lab.
Mar 17 - Finish the Civil Rights and the Supreme Court handout.

Mar 20 - Complete the Capital Punishment handout.
Mar 21 - Take the Chapter 4 test on Civil Liberties.
Mar 22 - View the Mighty Times: The Children's March and answer questions to it.
Mar 23 - Complete the Louisiana Voter Test.
Mar 24 - Play Flight to Freedom in the lab.

Mar 27 - Work on the Capital Punishment handout.
Mar 28 - Create a timeline featuring major events from the civil rights movement.
Mar 29 - Take the Chapter 5 test on civil rights.
Mar 30 - Play Spent and Ayiti in the computer lab.
Mar 31 - View 30 Days: Minimum Wage and answer questions to it.

Apr 03 - Begin working on the Chapter 17 reading guide.
Apr 04 - Join into teams and play the Business, Labor and Agriculture game.
Apr 05 - Work on the State Finances handout.
Apr 06 - Begin working on the Apprentice activity.
Apr 07 - Continue working on the Apprentice activity.

Apr 10 - Fill out forms for the AP Government exam.
Apr 11 - None
Apr 12 - Finish working on the Apprentice activity.
Apr 13 - None
Apr 14 - School is closed for Spring Break.

Apr 17 - School is closed for Spring Break.
Apr 18 - The Apprentice fundraising projects will be conducted and Homecoming t-shirts will be due.
Apr 19 - None
Apr 20 - None
Apr 21 - None

Apr 24 - Complete the So You're 18 booklet questions.
Apr 25 - None
Apr 26 - Join into teams and play the Independent Agencies game.
Apr 27 - Finish the Chapter 17 reading guide.
Apr 28 - Take the Chapter 17 test on economic policy.

May 01 - Complete the AP vocabulary quilt activity.
May 02 - Take a simulated AP Government Exam and score the results.
May 03 - Continue working on the AP vocabulary quilt activity.
May 04 - Take the AP Government Exam.
May 05 - None

May 08 - None
May 09 - View Catch Me If You Can and answer questions pertaining to the film.
May 10 - Continue viewing Catch Me If You Can.
May 11 - None
May 12 - Last day of class.

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