Th, Jan. 18
•Start with watching a recent PBS Newshour report on crime in Acapulco, Mexico. Start at the 27:00 min. mark & run until the end of the segment:
•A brief introduction to Vicente Fox, the PAN president from 2000 to 2006:
•Students spend the rest of the period working in small groups on a Cloze exercise that is linked here:

We, Jan. 17
•6 or more students will present news stories on Mexico.

Tu, Jan. 16
•Be ready to give an oral report tomorrow on your news article on Mexico from Friday's class
•We spend the period on Quizlet - the url is posted on the right side of this page. Practice the terms for Mexico first, then go back to the ones on Supranational Organizations & on Britain. All of these terms are fair game for our test on Monday, Jan. 22.

Fr, Jan. 12
•News Sourcing, Mexico - Use the designated news sources, linked on the right side of this page, to find stories on Mexican government & politics. For those who were absent, the instruction/worksheet is linked here:

Th, Jan. 11
•What are your preconceptions about Mexico? What types of products do we get from Mexico?
•Watch TED Talk on why Mexico matters: then discuss several main points.
•Watch a simple PowToons video on the Mexican government:

We, Jan. 10
•A/B pair review on terms from yesterday
•Review the MC questions from pages 185-190 on the EU & Supranational Organizations.

Tu, Jan. 9
Europa, aka, the European Union - a few slides, to be found on the class Google slide show, & discussion, + a look at the EU website
( to learn how the organization serves the member countries.

Mo, Jan. 8
15 pt Quiz on Britain.
•Debrief the article from Friday on the Pros & Cons of Brexit.

Fr, Jan. 5
•Watch a short news video on the transition from David Cameron to Theresa May in the PM's chair:
•Work in pairs to create timelines on British govt. & politics from 1946-2017 using this form:
•Reading for Monday . . . read this article on the Pros & Cons of the British Brexit vote from 2016. Highlight anything that confuses you or you don't understand to use in discussion on Monday, and write one (or more) sentences each on the strongest PRO argument and the strongest CON argument found in the article, which is linked here:
•Discuss the MC questions on pgs. 157-166 . . . Here is the answer key for these MC questions:
1A, 2B, 3C, 4A, 5B 6E, 7E, 8C, 9C, 10A 11E, 12D, 13C, 14B, 15E 16D, 17A, 18D, 19A, 20C 21B, 22E, 23E, 24D, 25C 26B, 27D, 28A, 29D, 30B
•Have a great weekend! Enjoy the Full Monty party tonight at #10 Downing St.

Th, Jan. 4
•We'll start with an alternative version of 'God Save the Queen': and a video on the banning of the Sex Pistols version:
•Finish slide show/lecture on British traditions and recent British politics.
•We didn't get to a planned worksheet today, so we'll do that in class on Friday, then spend some time studying the MC questions on pgs. 157-166 in the Ethel Wood Guidebook.
•The announced quiz on Britain will be pushed back to the start of class on Monday.

We, Jan. 3
•Slide show/lecture/questions. Check the Google slide show for those labeled 1/3/18. Watch the videos linked in those slides to hear the British national anthem sung in honor of the Queen's 85th birthday and an example of Conservative PM of the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher, at her best in the Prime Minister's question time.

Fr, Dec. 15
•At least 6 students will present their news reports from Wed. to class. All students must turn in their written results at the end of class.
•Happy Holidays!

Th, Dec. 14
•Chart the House of Commons
•Watch these 2 clips of the Prime Ministers Questions Time:

We, Dec. 13
•Students must bring books on Th. & Fr.
•News sourcing on government and politics stories from Great Britain. This will be the first of 6 news sourcing assignments we'll have in this course - one for each of the 6 countries of study throughout the term. Students will be given an assignment sheet that will direct them to certain sources. Computers will be available during the entire class. The news sourcing assignment is linked here:

Tu, Dec. 12
•Start with discussions of students' findings in groups of 4. After about 5 mins., create a blank chart on the board, & have students come up & fill in the chart, one or two bullet items at a time. Bring it to a whole class discussion on student findings. Save 20 mins. at the end of class for students to create their written responses to the prompts on the back side of the assignment. These will be turned in at the end of class.

Mo., Dec. 11
•Mr. Paulic will be gone for this week for knee surgery.
•15 mins., or so, for questions on the weekend assignment before taking the quiz. Mr. Gerl will have an answer key with full explanations to help clarify any points of confusion.
15 pt. Unit 1 quiz + a 1 pt. bonus question. Distribute Unit 2 Reading and Vocabulary Guide while students are doing the quiz.
•Brainstorm T-chart on the board: What democracy is & What democracy isn't. Gather ideas for about 5 mins.
•Read 7-page article titled 'What Democracy Is . . . And Is Not and complete 10 pt critical reading exercise that goes with it. The reading is linked here:
The worksheet to go with the reading is linked here:
Homework: Finish the reading and side 1 of the worksheet before class on Tuesday.

Fr., Dec. 8
•Slide show/lecture covering much of the material that will be on the Unit 1 quiz on Monday. Prepare over the weekend by answering the multiple choice pgs. 82-90. Note those that stump you or that you're unsure of, and bring them up on Monday morning before taking the quiz. You'll have time to get answers from my sub, Mr. Gerl.

Th, Dec. 7
•A few announcements, then students have most of the class period to read from the AP Comparative Coursebook with a focus on the vocabulary on our study guide.

We, Dec. 6: Finish overview of 6 countries of study, including bordering countries.
Distribute class syllabus
•Offer of Cornell notes form.

Tu, Dec. 5: Personal introductions, introduction to my website & to Quizlet, & letter home about Ethel Wood Coursebook.
•Distribute Reading Schedule & Vocab list for Unit 1 - Introduction to Comparative Politics. It is linked here:

Students then fill in a guided note-taking packet as an overview of our 6 countries of study. The packet is linked below:

Everything below this line is from the previous year and not particularly relevant to our studies for Trimester 2 of 2017/2018.

Reading Schedule & Vocab list for Unit 4 - Iran & Nigeria:

Mo, Mar. 20
•More final exam prep - themes are on our class Google Doc, labeled with today's date.

Fr., Mar. 17
•FRQ prep for final exam. Check our Google Doc slide show, if you miss class.

Th, Mar. 16
•Students do two graded fill-in-the-blank review exercises, one on Iran and one on Nigeria. They are linked below:

We, Mar. 15
We'll analyze some of the MC questions on pgs. 534-544. Six groups will each take 5 questions to analyze. Then, pass out the answer guides for the whole book.
•We'll do a few more slides w/ lecture, posted on the class Google Doc.

Tu, Mar. 14:
•Episode 5 of 'Nigeria - Pain & Promise':
•Slide show & lecture on the Nigerian presidency & legislature, on our class Google Doc

Mo, Mar. 13:
We'll watch a multi-episode PBS news report from Nigeria in 2015 titled 'Nigeria - Pain & Promise.' Here's a worksheet that goes w/ the videos:
For Episode 1, we watch only up to the 5:45 mark:
All of Episode 2:
All of Episode 3:
All of Episode 4:

Fr, Mar. 10:
•Read article on policing Boko Haram:

Th, Mar. 9
•Read article on Pres. Buhari:
•Reading time in class.

We, Mar. 8
•Practice w/ MC questions on Iran - pgs. 472-481
•Intro Nigeria w/ Chimamanda Adiche's 'Ted Talk' titled 'The danger of a single story':

Tu, Mar. 7
•Watch the review video on Iran:
•Practice a couple of FRQs on Iran. Start at AP Central:

Mo, Mar. 6:
8 pt. quiz on the content of the articles from Th. and Fr. of last week.
•Watch the first 12 mins of this Al Jazeera report on the results of the lifting of sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal:

Fr, Mar. 3:
•Watch the PBS documentary 'Death in Tehran'
•Read an article on the Supreme Leader of Iran:

If you want to print this article, click this link:
•A worksheet that goes with this article is printed separately here:

8 pt. quiz on Monday on the material on the article on the Supreme Leader and the Structure of Power in Iran from yesterday.

Th, Mar. 2:
•Slides on Google Docs, discussion, questions, on some of the foundations of Iranian gov. & politics.
•Read an article on the Structure of Power in Iran, posted below:
If you want to print this article, click this link:

We, Mar. 1
•Brainstorming - What do you already know or think you know about Iran? Write on butcher block paper.
•Watch parts of Rick Steves's video about traveling in Iran:

Tu, Feb. 28
•Unit 3 test on China & Russia
•Begin on Unit 4 readings when done. The reading schedule is posted above

Reading Schedule & Vocab list for Unit 3 - Russia & China:

Mo., Feb. 27
•Socratic Seminar comparing the progress China and Russia have made since 1990. This is a 10 pt. graded assignment.
•Test tomorrow on Russia & China

Fr, Feb. 24
•Discuss 2 articles from yesterday - a couple of test questions on Tuesday will be based on these.
•Russia review video:
•We'll do a Socratic Circle on Monday based on the question: Which country is making more progress since 1990, China or Russia? Students have a worksheet to prepare before Monday. It's attached below:

•Also, for homework, do the following fill-in-the-blank exercises on China & Russia:

Th, Feb. 23
•Finish China review tape:

•Next, we work with the following MC questions on China on pages 330-339: #s 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 17, 18, 22, & 23.
•HW: Read and annotate 2 articles, one on the next election cycle in China & one on the state of civil society in China. They are linked below:

We, Feb. 22
•Test on Russia and China will be on either Monday of next week.
•Finish graphing the Chinese political system.
•China review tape:

Tu., Feb. 21:
•Watch from mins. 6:45-7:10 . . . PBS Newshour report on deployment of U.S. naval ships to the South China Sea:
•Read Fox News article on the naval deployment:
•Signs that the migration in China may be reversing:
•Goofy cartoon on prosperity:®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
•Graph of China's political system using

Fr, Feb. 17
•Quiz on info from CIA World Factbook on China
•Analyze NYT article on Chinese dissident who compared Xi Jinping to Hitler on a Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter) post:

Th, Feb. 16
•Finish 2 more more slides
•In computer lab: Open the CIA World Factbook page on China at:
Fill in info on response sheet.//
•Quiz on Friday on the info found at the CIA site - 6 to 8 pts.

We, Feb. 15
•Continue China slides

Tu, Feb. 14
•Next 25 mins. of 'Tank Man' video
•Start on background slides on China - on class Google Doc

Mo, Feb. 13
•Finish Russia - Protests of 2011.
•Violence in Chechnya & several terror attacks.
•Pussy Rioting: &
•Start on China w/ first 11 mins. of 'Tank Man' video (available to watch online)

Fr., Feb. 10
•Finish reports on FRQs on Russia.
•Discuss article about the arrest of Aleksia Navalny.

Th, Feb. 9
•More reports on FRQs on Russia from yesterday.
•Arrest of Aleksia Navalny - NYT article
•2012 election protests:

We. Feb. 8
Trip to computer lab to gain info on FRQs by looking at past FRQs. Start at:
Chart to complete this exercise is linked below:

Tu, Feb. 7
Finished video from yesterday on attempted coup of 1993.
•Filled in chart on Russian govt. structure - chart available from the teacher with the info to fill it in available on the class Google slide show.

Mo, Feb. 6
•Transition from communist USSR to an attempt at democracy and capitalism - see notes in class Google Doc.
•1993 coup attempt against Yeltsin:

Fr., Feb. 3
•100 years of Russian leaders, from Lenin to Putin - see notes in class Google Doc

Th, Feb. 2
•Unit 2 test . . . new reading schedule & vocab list for Unit 3 on Russia & China:

We, Feb. 1
•Jeopardy game review for tomorrow's test. Check Jan. 30 entry for details on test.

Tu, Jan. 31
•Do fill-in-the-blank exercise in class - 17 pts. The assignment is attached below:

Mo, Jan. 30
•Anaylze Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution of 1917.
•Pairs practice on upcoming test themes - postings on the class Google Doc site
30-35 pt. test this Th on Unit 2 - Britain, EU, & Mexico. 25, or so MC questions + a multi-part FRQ. The MC will include some questions from the MC sections at the end of the chapters in the Ethel Wood guide. The FRQs will be taken from past AP Exams (available on AP Central) with some modifications.

Fr, Jan. 27
•Finish yesterday's video
•Quiz -
•Bureaucracy parody:
•Video on drug wars in Mexico:

Th, Jan. 26
Mexico review video:
*5 to 8 pt. Quiz on Friday on any or all of the following terms, concepts, events on Mexico
the 'Mexican miracle,' PRI, Constitution of 1917, sexenio, PEMEX, Zapatistas,
PAN, PRD, Vicente Fox, parastatals

We, Jan. 25
•Tweet wars:®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

Tu., Jan. 24
•Comparing Mexico w/ Britain - Google Docs slide show . . . check it out.

Mo, Jan. 23
Finish Britain with an article, "What is a quango?' It' linked below:

•What is the EU & how does it work? . . .
•European Court of Justice:

Fr, Jan. 20
•Practice on AP Central site w/ FRQs from past:

Th, Jan. 19
Turn in 13 pt fill-in-the-blank assignment on British gov. and politics.
•Q&A session based on MC questions on Britain on pgs. 157-166
•Distribute packets of explanations of answers.

We, Jan. 18
Start w/ slide show/lecture on 5 terms and concepts
13 pt fill-in-the-blank assignment on British gov. and politics. Students work in small groups. Due at start of class on Thursday. The assignment is linked below:

•Do Multiple Choice Qs on pgs. 155-166 and prepared to offer answers in class tomorrow.

Tu, Jan. 17
Write response to exit card from Friday.
Brexit news:
•Brexit from NPR:
•Lecture - slides available on Google Docs
•Nigel Farage at Trump rally:

Fr, Jan. 13
•Fill in the chart on the chambers of the House of Commons.
•Distribute roles for 'Prime Minister's Questions
•15-20 minutes to group plan
•Role play the House of Commons

Th, Jan. 12
•Start with 2 short video clips that illustrate the relationship of the Prime Minister and the Queen, an important and enduring tradition in Britain:
•Watch a few clips of the House of Commons in action: (First 15 mins. or so)
•Read Pro/Con article on proposals to privatize the National Health Service:
This reading will prepare you for a simulation in class on Friday of the British Parliament.

We, Jan. 11
•Slide show presentation on the introductory reading on Advanced Democracies & on some pertinent history and well-worn traditions of the B

Tu, Jan. 10:
Where were we before we were so rudely interrupted?? Yes, we will have a 22-pt. test today on some of the Unit 1 vocabulary after a bit of review. Then we'll launch into the study of Britain. The reading and study guidelines for Unit 2, which covers Britain, the EU, and Mexico is linked below . . .

Mo, Jan 9:
•Iced out again . . . will it ever end?

Fr, Jan. 6:
Because of many absences, we skipped the Unit 1 test for now and started on our study of Great Britain. We'll do the Unit 1 test on Monday, for sure, unless we get slushed out of school. The reading for Britain can be viewed on the link immediately above.

We, Jan. 4 & Th., Jan. 5: Snowed out!!

Fr, Dec. 16:
Cancelled due to icy conditions.

Th, Dec. 15:
Cancelled due to icy conditions.

We, Dec. 14:
Review game for test on Th. on some of the unit 1 vocab items - 22 pts,.
ANSWER KEY to the MC questions at the end of Unit 1 in Ethel Wood guide:

Tu, Dec. 13:
Check the shared 4J Google doc, scrolling down until you come to today's date on 12 to 15 slides.

Mo, Dec. 12
•Share link to Google Doc w/students. Entries on class Google Doc are dated - look for 12/12

Fr, Dec. 9:
*Use CIA World Fact Book to learn the neighboring countries of our 6 countries of study.
•30 minutes of in-class reading and note-taking.
•Your questions on vocab items so far.


We, Dec. 7
•We finish filling in the info on our 6 countries of study.
•Distribute the Ethel Wood study guide

Tu, Dec. 6:** Personal introductions, distribution of syllabus, introduction to my website & to Quizlet.

Students then filled in a guided note-taking packet as an overview of our 6 countries of study. The packet is linked below: