AP US Government & Politics
Individual citizens hold a variety of beliefs about their government, its leaders, and the U.S. political system in general; taken together, these beliefs form the foundation of U.S. political culture. It is important for students to understand how these beliefs are formed, how they evolve, and the processes by which they are transmitted. Students should know why U.S. citizens hold certain beliefs about politics, and how families, schools, and the media act to perpetuate or change these beliefs. Understanding the ways in which political culture affects and informs political participation is also critical. For example, students should know that individuals often engage in multiple forms of political participation, including voting, protest, and mass movements. Students should understand why individuals engage in various forms of political participation and how that participation may affect the political system.
Finally, it is essential that students understand what leads citizens to differ from one another in their political beliefs and behaviors and the political consequences of these differences. To understand these differences, students should focus on the hold of the political process. They should be aware of group differences in political beliefs and behavior. Students should also understand how changes in political participation affect the political system.
10/25-31 Hacking Democracy
ASSIGNMENT: Identify Problems With Voting As It Relates to Ensuring Democracy; Be Aware of Demographic Issues
HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 6 pp. 172-192
11/1-2 Public Opinion and Political Action (Chapter 6)ENTRY TASK: Political Parties Quiz (33 points)LECTURE: American Political Socialization (pp. 172-183)HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 6 pp. 192-205
11/3-4 Public Opinion and Political Action (Chapter 6)LECTURE: Political Socialization & Ideologies (pp. 183-205)HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 9 pp. 266-278HOMEWORK: Political Party Current Event
- Have Parent or Guardian take the Political Party Quiz
- Compare and Analyze your score to that of your parent/guardian (minimum 2-3 sentences)
- Analyze the impact of political socialization (see your notes and text) on the answers you chose and the answers of your parents/guardians (2-3 sentences).
11/7-8 Nomination Game (9)
ENTRY TASK: Present Political Party Current Event
M/C QUIZ: Chapter 6 (25 points)
LECTURE: "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington?"HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 9 pp. 266-295
11/9-10 Price of Victory (9)
LECTURE: Finish "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington?"
ACTIVITY: The Nomination Game
HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 10 pp. 296-305
11/14-15 Price of Victory (9)
LECTURE: Observe "My Fellow Americans" & Identify 15 stereotypes for each major party.
HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 10 pp. 306-315
11/16-17 Nominations & Campaigns (9)
LECTURE: Nominations & Campaigns (pp. 266-295)
HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 10 pp. 315-321
HOMEWORK: Current Event #5 (25 points)
- (a) Identify 3 problems with ensuring democracy through the voting process in America
- (b) Explain 1 solution for a problem identified in (a)
- (c) Identify 3 problems that an "average person" faces in running for a national position (i.e. Jeff Smith and US Congress)
- (d) Explain 1 solution for a problem identified in (c)
11/18-21 History of Elections (10)
ENTRY TASK:Present CE #5 (10 points)
LECTURE: History of Elections (pp. 296-305)11/22-29 Electoral College (Chapter 10)LECTURE: Choosing to Vote & Electoral College (pp. 306-321)ACTIVITY: Electoral VoteHOMEWORK: Study for UNIT 2 TEST
12/1-2 UNIT 2 TESTENTRY TASK: 2 Timed Write (60 points)TEST: Chapters 1-3 & 6, 9-10 (60 points)HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 8 pp. 236-246
May 15, 2012 - AP GOVERNMENT EXAM!