AP GOVERNMENT

ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE 2008 -2009

                

 

 

1ST QUARTER - 9/2/08 TO 10/31/08

                                                                       

                                                                                                                    

UNIT I  -  9/2/08 TO 9/15/08

 

    US Government – Introducing Government in America - 

  

   Edwards Chapter 1 – Introducing Government in America

                              

   Topics:   Two fundamental questions about governing

                   Functions of Government

                  The Policymaking System

                  Theories of Democracy

                  Rubric Assessment practice

                                                                

                 US Government – Political Beliefs and Behaviors and Mass Media - 

             

                 Edwards Chapter 6 – Public Opinion and Political Action

                 Edwards Chapter 7 – The Mass Media and the Political Agenda

                 Homework Check:

                 Woll – Berelson, “Democratic Practice and Democratic Theory”

 

               Topics:  Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and leaders

                             Processes by which citizens learn about politics

                             The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion

                             The ways citizens vote and participate in political life

                             Factors that influence citizen differences in political beliefs and behaviors

                             Functions and structures of the media

                             The impact of media on politics

                             Poll data analysis

                             Rubric Assessment practice

                                                        

UNIT I TEST 1st Quarter  60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart questions (rubric assessed) plus a political cartoon analysis -  9/12/08 (A) & 9/15/08 (B)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

UNIT II -  9/16/08 TO 10/3/08

 

   US Government - Political Parties 

              

               Edwards Chapter  8 – Political Parties

               Homework Checks:

               Woll -  Mayhew, “Divided We Govern”

               Woll -  Ginsberg and Shefter, “Politics by Other Means”

 

               Topics:  Political Parties and elections

                             Party Functions

                             Party Organization

                             Party Development

                             Parties effects on the political process

                             Electoral laws and systems

                             Party Financing Data Analysis

                             Rubric Assessment practice

                                                                                                                                    

             US Government - Political Beliefs and Behaviors, Campaigns, Elections and Voting

   Edwards Chapter  9 – Nominations and Campaigns

   Edwards Chapter 10 – Elections and Voting Behavior

   Homework Checks:

   Woll – Key, “A Theory of Critical Elections”

   Woll – Key, “The Responsible Electorate”

   Woll – Buckley v. Valeo

   Woll – The Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002

 

   Topics:  The Nomination Game

                 The Campaign Game

                 Money, Campaigning and Campaign Finance Reform Data Analysis – Open Secrets Data Analysis

                 How American elections work

                 Voter Registration and Voting

                 How Americans vote

                 The Electoral College

                 Election Data Analysis

                 Rubric Assessment practice

 

UNIT II TEST 1ST Quarter  60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart  questions (rubric assessed) plus a political cartoon  analysis -  10/2/08 (A) & 10/3/08 (B)

 

 

 

                                                     

US Government AP Practice Test Review - 60 multiple choice questions – Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) -  10/6/08 (A) & 10/7/08 (B)

 

US Government AP Practice Test – 60 multiple choice questions – 4 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 10/8/08 (A) & 10/9/08 (B)

 

 

CAMPAIGN “2008” ELECTION PROJECT 1 DUE:  10/27/08 – Both A and B classes!

           

 

AP Comparative Government Assignment – 10/10/08 to 10/30/08 – Country/Concept Comparison – Russia and China

            Hauss Chapter 8 – Current and Former Communist Regimes

            Hauss Chapter 9 – Russia

            Hauss Chapter 10 – China

            Country Watch – Economic, Social and Environmental data analysis - Russia and China

            Economist.com – Country Briefings – Russia and China

            BBC News – Country Profiles and Special Reports – Russia and China

            Country Studies – Federal Research Division – Library of Congress – Russia and China

            Frontline World – Special Reports

            CNN.com – World Reports

            Washington Post.com – International

            Freedom House Rankings Comparison

 

Reference Text:  Almond – System, Process, and Policy – Country Studies – Politics in Russia – Politics in China

 

            Topics:   Introduction to Comparative Politics

                           Sovereignty, Authority, and Power

                           Political Institutions

                           Citizen, Society, and the State

                           Political and Economic Change

                           Public Policy

                           Rubric Assessment practice

 

AP Comparative Government Test 2nd Quarter – 55 multiple choice questions – 1 – 8 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 10/29/08 (A) & 10/30/08 (B)

 

                                                  

END OF QUARTER - 10/31/08

 

 

 

 

2ND QUARTER - 11/5/08 TO 1/23/09

                                                                                          

UNIT I    10/31/08 TO 11/25/08

 

US Government – Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government

 

Edwards Chapter 2 – The Constitution

Homework Checks:

Woll – Locke, “ Second Treatise, Of Civil Government”

Woll – Roche, “The Founding Fathers:  A Reform Caucus in Action”

Woll – Beard,  “Framing the Constitution”

Woll – Madison,  “Federalist 47, 48, & 51”

 

Topics:   Considerations that influenced the formation and adoption of the Constitution

               Theories of Democratic Government

               Origins of the Constitution

               Articles of Confederation

               Madisonian Model

               Battle for ratification – Federalists and Anti-Federalists

               Changing the Constitution

               Rubric Assessment practice

                                          

 US Government – Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government

                

              Edwards Chapter 3 – Federalism

              Homework Checks:

              Woll – Hamilton, “Federalist 16 & 17”

              Woll – Madison,  “Federalist 44 & 39”

              Woll – Bryce,  “The Merits of the Federal System”

              Woll – McCulloch v. Maryland

              Woll – Grodzins,  “The Federal System”

 

            Topics:   Defining Federalism

                           Constitutional Basis of Federalism

                           10th Amendment and the “Reserved Powers”

                           Article IV Relations among the States

                           Supremacy, commerce, and elastic clauses

                           Types of Federalism

                           Federal Grants – Types and Amounts per State Data Analysis

                           Funded and Unfunded Mandates

                           Rubric Assessment practice

                                                                     

  US Government – Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government

 

               Edwards Chapter 21 – The New Face of State and Local Government

               Homework Checks:

               Woll – Broder,  “A Republic Subverted”

               State and Local Government Websites and Readings

 

            Topics:   State Constitutions

                           State Elections

                           State Legislatures and the Lawmaking process

                           State Governors and Executive Branches – Budget Data Analysis

                           State Court Systems

                           Forms of Local Government – Budget Comparison Data Analysis

                           Dillon’s Rule

                           Local Government in Action

                           FLE (Family Life Education)

                           Rubric Assessment practice  

 

UNIT I TEST 2ND Quarter 60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart questions (rubric assessed) plus a political cartoon analysis – 11/24/08 (A) & 11/25/08 (B)

 

           

                                                                                                                                                                       

UNIT II – 11/26/08 TO 12/15/08

 

US Government – Institutions of National Government:  Interest Groups and Congress

 

Edwards Chapter 11 – Interest Groups   

            Edwards Chapter 12Congress

            Homework Checks:

            Woll – Madison, “Federalist 10”

Woll – Madison,  “Federalist 53, 56, 58, 62, & 63

            Woll – Dodd,  “Congress and the Quest for Power”

            Woll – Cook,  “Media Power and Congressional Power”

            Woll – Polsby,  “Congress-Bashing for Beginners”

            Woll – Mayhew,  “Congress:  The Electoral Connection”

            Woll – Fenno,  “Home Style and Washington Career”

            Congressional Quarterly Researcher

            Thomas

            The Center on Congress at Indiana University

 

            Topics:  Interest groups and PACs

                          Range of interest groups

                          Activities of interest groups

                          Effects of interest groups on the political process

                          Characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process – PAC donations Data Analysis

  The major formal and informal institutional arrangements of power

                          Linkage between Congress and Public Opinion and Voters

                          Linkage between Congress and Interest Groups

                          Linkage between Congress and Political Parties

                          Linkage between Congress and the Media

                          How Congress is Organized – Profile Data Analysis

                          Congressional Elections – Incumbency and Election Data Analysis

                          The Lawmaking Process

                          Congress and Policy

                          Rubric Assessment practice

           

UNIT II Test 2nd Quarter 60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart questions (rubric assessed) plus a political cartoon analysis - 12/12/08 (A) & 12/15/08 (B)

 

 

                                                                                                                                                      

US Government AP Practice Test Review – 60 multiple choice questions – 4 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 12/16/08 (A) & 12/17/08 (B)

 

US Government AP Practice Test – 60 multiple choice questions – 4 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 12/18/08 (A) & 12/19/08 (B)

 

 

AP 2ND QUARTER CIVIC SERVICE PROJECT DUE 1/12/09 (Both A & B)

 

 

AP Comparative Government Assignment – 12/22/08 to 1/22/09 – Country/Concept Comparison – Iran and Nigeria

            Hauss Chapter 13 – Iran

            Hauss Chapter 15 – Nigeria

            Iran Briefing paper

            Nigeria Briefing paper 

            Country Watch – Economic, Social and Environmental data analysis - Iran and Nigeria

            Economist.com – Country Briefings – Iran and Nigeria

            BBC News – Country Profiles and Special Reports – Iran and Nigeria

            Country Studies – Federal Research Division – Library of Congress – Iran and Nigeria

            Frontline World – Special Reports

            CNN.com – World Reports

            Washington Post.com – International

            Freedom House Rankings Comparison

Reference Text:  Almond – System, Process, and Policy – Country Studies – Politics in Iran – Politics in Nigeria

 

            Topics:   Introduction to Comparative Politics

                           Sovereignty, Authority, and Power

                           Political Institutions

                           Citizen, Society, and the State

                           Political and Economic Change

                           Public Policy

                           Rubric Assessment practice

 

AP Comparative Government Test 3rd Quarter – 55 multiple choice questions – 1 – 8 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) – 1/21/09 (A) & 1/22/09 (B)

 

 

               

END OF QUARTER - 1/23/09

 

 

 

 

3RD QUARTER  -  1/28/09 TO  4/2/09

 

              

UNIT I  -   1/23/09 TO 2/11/09

 

 AP US Government – Institutions of National Government:  The Presidency, the Bureaucracy, The Budget and Economic Policymaking 

                   

Edwards Chapter 13 – The Presidency

            Edwards Chapter 15 – The Federal Bureaucracy

            Homework Checks:

            Woll – Neustadt,  “Presidential Power”

            Woll – Barber,  “ The Presidential Character”

            Woll – Constitutional Democracy and Bureaucratic Power

            Woll – Wilson, “The Rise of the Bureaucratic State”

 

            Topics:  The major formal and informal institutional arrangements of power

                           Linkage between the Presidency and Public Opinion and Voters

                           Linkage between the Presidency and Interest Groups

                           Linkage between the Presidency and Political Parties

                           Linkage between the Presidency and the Media

                           Presidential Leadership

                           The Presidency and National Security

                           The Chief Executive

                           The Bureaucrats

                           How Bureaucracies are Organized

                           The Bureaucracy and Discretionary Authority

                           Rubric Assessment practice

 

 

             Edwards Chapter 14 – The Congress, The President and the Budget

             Edwards Chapter 17 – Economic Policymaking

                

             Topics:  Relationships among the institutions and varying balances of power

                           Policymaking in the Federal System

                           Formation of Policy Agendas

                           Role of institutions in the enactment of policy

                           The Politics of Taxing and Spending (Fiscal Policy) (Budget Data Analysis)

                           The Budgetary Process

                           Government, Politics, and the Economy

                           Federal Reserve Policies for controlling the Economy (Monetary Policy)

                           Rubric Assessment Practice

           

UNIT I TEST 3rd  Quarter60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart questions (rubric assessed) plus a

political cartoon analysis - 2/10/09 (A) & 2/11/09 (B)

 

 

AP 3RD QUARTER RESEARCH PROJECT – “E” Congress Bill DUE: 2/17/09(A) & 2/18/09(B) - "E" Congress Bill Research Paper due 3/20/09(Both A & B)

 

 

                                                                                                                    

UNIT II -   2/12/09 TO 3/5/09

 

     AP US Government – Public Policy

              

                   Edwards Chapter 18 – Social Welfare Policymaking

                   Edwards Chapter 19 – Policymaking for Health Care and the Environment

 

            Topics:   Policymaking in the Federal System

                           Formation of Policy Agendas

                           Role of Institutions in the Enactment of Policy

                           The Role of the Bureaucracy in Policy Implementation and Interpretation

                           Income, Poverty, and Public Policy Data Analysis

                           Social Policy and Poverty

                           Social Security System (Cost Projection and Insolvency Data Analysis)

                           Health Care Policy

                           Environmental Policy

                           Energy Policy

                           Rubric Assessment practice

                                                                                                                                                                                   

      Edwards Chapter 20 – National Security Policymaking

 

Topics:   Policymaking in the Federal System

                           Formation of Policy Agendas

                           Role of Institutions in the Enactment of Policy

                           The Role of the Bureaucracy in Policy Implementation and Interpretation

                           American Foreign Policy – Instruments, Actors and Policymakers

                           American Foreign Policy Timeline

                           The Politics of Defense Policy

                           The New Global Agenda

                           Rubric Assessment practice

 

UNIT II TEST 3RD Quarter 60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart questions (rubric assessed)  plus a political cartoon analysis – 3/4/09(B) & 3/5/09(A)

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                          

US Government AP Practice Test Review – 60 multiple choice questions – 4 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 3/6/09(B) & 3/9/09(A)

 

US Government AP Practice Test – 60 multiple choice questions – 4 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 3/10/09(B) & 3/11/09(A)

 

 

 

 

AP Comparative Government Assignment – 3/12/09 to 3/31/09 – Country/Concept Comparison – Great Britain and Mexico

            Hauss Chapter 1 – Intro to Comparative Politics

            Hauss Chapter 2 – Industrialized Democracies

            Hauss Chapter 4 – Great Britain

            Hauss Chapter 7 – The European Union

            Hauss Chapter 16 – Mexico

            Mexico Briefing paper

            Briefing Papers – Democratization and Globalization

            Country Watch – Economic, Social and Environmental data analysis - Great Britain and Mexico

            Economist.com – Country Briefings – Great Britain and Mexico

            BBC News – Country Profiles and Special Reports – Great Britain and Mexico

            Country Studies – Federal Research Division – Library of Congress – Mexico

            Frontline World – Special Reports

            CNN.com – World Reports

            Washington Post.com – International

            Freedom House rankings comparison

 

Reference Text:  Almond – System, Process, and Policy – Country Studies – Politics in England – Politics in Mexico

 

            Topics:   Introduction to Comparative Politics

                           Sovereignty, Authority, and Power

                           Political Institutions

                           Citizen, Society, and the State

                           Political and Economic Change

                           Public Policy

                           Rubric Assessment practice

 

AP Comparative Government Test 1st Quarter – 55 multiple choice questions – 1– 8 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) – 3/30/09(B) & 3/31/09(A)

 

 

 

END OF QUARTER - 4/2/09

 

 

 

 

4TH QUARTER  - 4/13/09 TO 6/18/09 

 

 

UNIT I  -   4/1/09 TO 4/22/09

 

AP US Government – Institutions of National Government:  The Judiciary, The Federal Courts and Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

 

                 Edwards Chapter 16 – The Federal Courts

                 Homework Checks:

                 Woll – Hamilton,  “ Federalist 78”

                 Woll – Marbury v. Madison

                 Woll – Roche,  “ Judicial Self-Restraint”

                 Woll – Brennan,  “How the Supreme Court Arrives at Decisions”

 

            Topics:  The Major Formal and Informal institutional arrangements of power

                           Structure of the Federal Judiciary

                           Politics of Judicial Selection

                           The Courts as Policymakers – Accepting Cases and Making Decisions

                           Judicial Activism and Judicial Self-Restraint

                           Landmark Supreme Court Cases

                           Rubric Assessment practice

                                                                                                                            

                 Edwards Chapter 4 – Civil Liberties and Public Policy

 

            Topics:  Development of Civil Liberties by Judicial Interpretation

                          Knowledge of Substantive Rights and Liberties

                          Impact of the 14th Amendment on the Constitutional Development of Rights and Liberties

  Nationalization of the Bill of Rights

                          1st Amendment Rights

                          Defendants’ Rights

                          The Right to Privacy

                          Landmark Supreme Court Cases

                          Rubric Assessment practice

           

                 Edwards Chapter 5 – Civil Rights and Public Policy

 

            Topics:  Development of Civil Liberties by Judicial Interpretation

                          Knowledge of Substantive Rights and Liberties

                          Impact of the 14th Amendment on the Constitutional Development of Rights and Liberties

  Nationalization of the Bill of Rights

  Racial Equality

  Race, The Constitution, and Public Policy

  Woman, The Constitution, and Public Policy

  Affirmative Action

  Landmark Supreme Court Cases

  Rubric Assessment practice

           

UNIT I TEST 4th Quarter60 multiple choice questions, 4 - 7 free response essay, data and chart questions (rubric assessed)  plus a political cartoon analysis - 4/21/09(B) & 4/22/09(A)

 

                                                     

AP US and Comparative Government AP Practice Test Review – 60 or 55 multiple choice questions – 4 or 1-8 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed) - 4/23/09(B) & 4/24/09(A) (counts as 4th quarter AP Practice test grade and 4th quarter CGA assignment grade)

 

 

AP United State Government and Politics Practice Test –  60 multiple choice questions – 4 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed)  – 4/27/09(B) & 4/28/09(A) (counts as 4th quarter AP Practice Test grade)

 

AP Comparative Government Assignment – 4th Quarter – Practice Test - 55 multiple choice questions – 1 - 8 Free-Response Data, Chart, and Essay Questions (rubric assessed)  - 4/29/09(B) & 4/30/09(A) (counts as 4th quarter CGA assignment grade)

 

 

 

 

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TEST – Monday, May 4, 2009 (AM)

 

AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TEST -   Monday, May 4, 2009 (PM)

 

 

 

MODEL SUPREME COURT PROJECT 4  - LAWYER BRIEF COPIES AND JUSTICE FOLDERS DUE 5/14/09 (A) & 5/15/09 (B)

 

MODEL SUPREME COURT PROJECT 4  - SUPREME COURT CASE ORAL ARGUMENTS - 5/18/09 TO 6/1/09

 

                                                                                                                                     

AP GOVERNMENT FINAL EXAM REVIEW – 5/5/09 to 6/3/09 (See web page study guide)

 

 

AP GOVERNMENT FINAL EXAM  -  SEE FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE IN JUNE 

 

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