Tu, May 1
•Review session, 5:00PM to 8:00PM in rm. 111, for those taking the AP Exam on May 17. Pizza will be provided!

Tu, Mar. 13
•FRQ section of the Final Exam . . .
. . . 3 Short-Answer Concept Qs - 6 mins. allotted for each
. . . 1 Conceptual Analysis Q - 30 mins. allotted
. . . 1 Country Context Q - 20 mins. allotted
Total of 70 mins. allotted

Mo, Mar. 12
•MC section of the Final Exam - 55 Qs in 45 mins.

Fr, Mar. 9
•Work on computers on the FRQ packet in class.
•Finals Schedule:
Mon, Mar. 12: Multiple Choice
Be on time!! We'll start shortly after the opening bell
55 MC questions; 45 minutes allotted
Computers available afterwards for FRQ work
Tu, March 13: FRQs
Be on time!! We'll start shortly after the opening bell
28 pt FRQ packet due at start of class
3 Short-Answer Concept Qs - 6 mins. allotted for each
1 Conceptual Analysis Q - 30 mins. allotted
1 Country Context Q - 20 mins. allotted
Short award ceremony at the end of class to honor one outstanding senior!

Th, Mar. 8
•Finished slide show from yesterday on themes of comparison. The first three slides on the class Google Doc dated 3/8 cover that info - to be transferred to the graph from yesterday. The final two slides dated 3/8 and titled Odds & Ends will give you clues as to some of the Multiple Choice questions that you'll see on Monday's Multiple Choice final.
•The rest of the period on computers accessing past FRQs on AP Central to complete the chart on these that we started last Friday.
•Schedule for next week:
Mon., Mar. 12 - 45 mins. to do 55 multiple choice questions. This is the first part of your final exam for the trimester.
Tu., Mar. 13 - 80 mins. to do 3 complete FRQs. This is the second part of your final exam for the trimester.

We, Mar. 7
•Chart major themes of the course for all 6 countries of study. Check class Google slides for 3/7 if you missed class. Here's the chart form:

Tu, Mar. 6
•Discussion based on the news videos, 'Nigeria: Pain & Promise'
•Slide/lecture/discussion comparing the Nigerian federal system w/ the Mexican federal system. Check slides for 3/6 if you missed class.

Mo, Mar. 5
Quizlets are posted for Nigeria & Iran
Distribute Scoring Keys for Ethel Wood guide
•News reports from Nigeria.
•We'll then watch 2 more segments from the PBS series on Nigeria . . . the third episode that examines Nigeria's booming economy against the backdrop of massive poverty, and the final episode about Understanding Nigeria:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5--fB8NTdA&index=1&t=0s&list=PLO-fQg20AYAf7A37MQcI8VB9b7sEkQ3j1
•Happy Casimir Pulaski Day!

Fr, Mar. 2
•Slides/lecture/discussion on Nigerian timeline from 2000 to 2018 - first 8 slides (dated 3/2) on the class Google Doc.
•Distribute FRQ Review Packet to prepare for FRQ part of our Final Exam, which will be on Tu, Mar. 13. Use the resources on AP Central to fill in the chart. Printed copies are available in class, or the document - 19 pages! - may be downloaded at:

Th, Mar. 1
•Slides on Nigerian timeline from 800 BCE to 1999 - the first 6 slides on the class Google slide show. Watch the 5-minute video on Ken Saro-Wiwa that's referenced in the slides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2PQLmhFE7s
•Watch 2 more segments of 'Nigeria - Pain & Promise;' segments #4 & #5 on Oil & Corruption & on Denial of LGBTQ rights (on the right side of the screen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5--fB8NTdA&index=1&t=0s&list=PLO-fQg20AYAf7A37MQcI8VB9b7sEkQ3j1
Question sheet for these two segments can be found here:
•Have a Happy Yap Day!

We, Feb. 28:
We'll really watch the first episode of the PBS news series on Nigeria from 2015:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5--fB8NTdA&index=1&t=0s&list=PLO-fQg20AYAf7A37MQcI8VB9b7sEkQ3j1
News sourcing Nigeria. The worksheet for Nigeria news reports is linked here:

Tu, Feb. 27
•First we watch a Ted Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called The Danger of a Single Story. It can be viewed at:
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/transcript
•We'll view a few intro slides on Nigeria, dated 2/27 on our class Google Doc.
•Then we'll watch the first episode of a 2015 PBS documentary on modern Nigeria (the top one; it's 8:48 long):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5--fB8NTdA&index=1&t=0s&list=PLO-fQg20AYAf7A37MQcI8VB9b7sEkQ3j1


Mo, Feb. 26
•Two new terms for Iran: 1) bazaars/bazaaris - markets in cities in towns across the country that are centers of commerce as well as places to talk politics & social issues . . . and the people who run them (bazaaris); something of a substitute for sectors of civil society that are repressed by the government
2) Neda - a young Iranian woman whose death at the hands of the Basij was videotaped on a cell phone during the 2009 protests (of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) in the streets of Iran; Neda became a noted martyr in a failed attempt to move Iran towards democratization.
•Watch an interview with a doctor who attempted to save Neda's life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKodH_E5T94
•Work in small groups to complete the following fill-in-the-blank exercise on Iranian politics & government:

Fr., Feb. 23
8 pt quiz on the Supreme Leader reading from Weds.
•News reports from Iran.
•View the last 12 mins. of 'Iran 1979: Legacy of a Revolution,' the video we used to introduce Iran last Friday:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtdMFE3gGAA - start viewing at around the 32:00 min. mark. What surprises you in this segment?

Th, Feb. 22
The quiz is postponed until tomorrow due to snow.
•Iranian leadership positions and institutions - theocratic or democratic? View the first 7 slides on the class Google Doc. Fill in this chart as you do:

We, Feb. 21
•Discuss Q6 from the viewing guide from the video on Friday.
•Read an article on The Supreme Leader & complete guided reading questions. There will be an 8 pt. quiz based on the info in this article and on the 'Supreme Leader' section of your text - pg. 449-450 - tomorrow. You may use the question sheet that's linked below with any additional notes you take on that sheet on the quiz tomorrow. Come prepared!
If you missed class, the article and worksheet that go with it are linked here:
. . . and here:


Tu., Feb. 20
•Check items on the Vocab. list for Iran that were used in the Al Jazeera video that we watched on Friday.
•News sourcing - Iran. Check for the approved news sites for Iran on the right side of this page. The top 3 are all Iranian news agencies. The government exerts varying degrees of control on each, so swallow their stories with a grain of salt. Ahlubayt TV seems particularly zealous in its defense of the Islamic Republic, but you can still use it to gain information on issues of importance in Iran.
The worksheet is linked here:

Fr, Feb. 16
•Discuss this question: 'Why is Iran so important?'
•Watch up to the 32:35 minute mark of an Al Jazeera produced video titled 'Iran 1979: Legacy of a Revolution,' online at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtdMFE3gGAA
The guided note sheet that goes with this video is attached here:

Th, Feb. 15
•Test on Russia and China
•Begin reading on Iran. The Unit 4 Reading Guide and Vocab List is attached here:

We, Feb. 14
For review/practice for tomorrow's test, students do two fill-in-the-blank cloze exercises, one on Russia and one on China.
The exercise for China is posted here:
The exercise for Russia is posted here:
•Test tomorrow on Russia & China: Review all Multiple Choice questions in the book on these countries & Review the selected FRQs that are listed on my posting for Fr, Feb. 9. Good luck on the test!
•Answer Key for the fill-in-the-blank cloze exercise for China:
. . . and the Answer Key for Russia:

Tu, Feb. 13
•We'll finish looking at the rest of MC Qs on 330-339. The answer key for these MC Qs is below:
1A, 2D, 3C, 4A, 5A, 6D, 7B, 8C, 9E, 10B, 11D, 12C, 13E, 14B, 15B, 16E, 17A, 18B, 19A, 20A, 21C, 22B, 23E, 24C, 25D,
26E, 27C, 28C, 29D, 30A
•Parallel hierarchies - pg. 307

Mo, Feb. 12
•We'll start w/ 6 students giving oral reports on what they found in the news from China on Weds.
•Next, we'll examine some of the final 20 MC questions on China from pgs. 330-339.
•Test on Russia and China will be on Thursday, Feb. 15 . . . be ready!

Fr, Feb. 9
•We'll go over some select Multiple Choice questions from pgs. 330-339.
•Research FRQs on China & Russia from past exams. Use the AP Central site linked near the bottom to the right.
Study the Question, the Scoring Rubric, and the top student sample answer for the following: #8 from 2017; #2 from 2016; #4 from 2016; #6 from 2016; #8 from 2016; #1 from 2015; #7 from 2015; #s 1 & 2 from 2014; #6 from 2014

Th, Feb. 8
•Socratic Seminar on article on China's political & governmental system.

We, Feb. 7
•News sourcing China . . . we'll have computers in the room for research. Here are the guidelines:
•Distribution of a two-page article about the modern Chinese system written by a spokesman for the CCP. It's available on online at:
http://www.bjreview.com/Nation/201710/t20171013_800106892.html
This article will prepare you for a graded Socratic Seminar on Thursday. The reading guidelines and Socratic Seminar guidelines are linked here:

Tu, Feb. 6
•Finish 'Tank Man'
•Watch 5 mins. or so of the Chinese military parade in 2015 to celebrate China's 'victory' in WWII. Start at the 11:50 mark:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoC0Xcjko0A

Mo, Feb. 5
•A few last thoughts & slides on the Russian court system.
•Watch the first 39:25 mins. of 'Tank Man,' available online at: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/tankman/. View this and do the accompanying worksheet which is linked here:

Th, Feb. 1
•On computers in class . . . use Paulic's Quizlet account to master vocabulary for the Russian Federation and People's Republic of China. The link is at the top of the resources on the right.

We, Jan. 31
•Tomorrow will be Feb. 1. You will have Friday off to celebrate Groundhogs Day
•Come prepared to discuss any of the MC questions on pgs. 259-268, particularly those that you find troublesome or annoying.
•Here is the answer key for the Russia MC questions: 1A, 2D, 3A, 4D, 5B 6E, 7A, 8B, 9E, 10C, 11A, 12A, 13B, 14E, 15E 16A, 17C, 18B, 19C, 20D, 21C, 22D, 23D, 24C, 25B, 26E, 27D, 28B, 29C, 30C

Tu, Jan. 30
•We'll have 6 reports on news stories from Russia that you found on Friday.
•Next, your Unit 2 tests will be returned and we'll discuss answers to some of the stickier questions.

Mo, Jan. 29
•Slide show/lecture/discussion. If you were absent, check out the class Google Slide show for those dated 1/29.
•News sourcing assignment on Russia is due tomorrow.

Fr, Jan. 26
•News Sourcing - Russia. Use any of the 5 news source that are highlighted in the box on the right. The worksheet is attached here:

Th, Jan. 25
•We'll start w/ an A/B Pairs review of yesterday's themes.
•Introduce Ethel Wood's website: https://sites.google.com/site/comparativegovernmentrussia/activities
•Look at a few more slides, then watch this 26 minute video from Russia Today on the chaos and near civil war that occurred in Moscow in 1993 after the demise of the Soviet Union: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkCu7N-J0M
•Continue w/ more slides that introduce us to the Russian Federation of today.

We, Jan. 24
•Slide show introducing themes of communism. Check out the class Google Slides dated 1/24.

Tu, Jan. 23
•Unit 2 test - 62pts
•Distribute new reading guidelines and vocabulary list for Unit 3. It's linked here:

Mo, Jan. 22
•Any questions on the MC or FRQs??
•We'll take 15 minutes to look at Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution of 1917. It's linked here:
•Finally, students create a timeline of Mexican Gov. & Politics from 1876 to today. It's linked here:

Fr, Jan. 19
•Students practice with a set of Free Response Questions from the 2013-2017 AP Comparative Exams, using the resources on the AP Comparative Gov. & Politics page which is linked to the right side of this page>>>.
Here is the worksheet to guide you in this exercise:
•Our complete Unit 2 test on Britain, Supranational Organizations & the EU, & Mexico, will be on Tu, Jan. 23.
•Sorry about the delay, but here is the answer key for the MC questions on Mexico on pages 406-415 (you won't be responsible for any questions that include knowledge of Russia, China, Nigeria, or Iran): 1B, 2C, 3D, 4D, 5A, 6A, 7A, 8E, 9D, 10C, 11E, 12A, 13C, 14A, 15D, 16E, 17E, 18B, 19D, 20E, 21B, 22A, 23C, 24B, 25C, 26B, 27B, 28D, 29D, 30E

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:
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/pbs-newshour-full-episode-january-12-2018
•A brief introduction to Vicente Fox, the PAN president from 2000 to 2006: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4OwJOVi0ec
•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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krl2Z3Vru2o then discuss several main points.
•Watch a simple PowToons video on the Mexican government:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btDoiODVWGo

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
(https://europa.eu/european-union/topics_en) 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AaUHyJo_0s
•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': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02D2T3wGCYg and a video on the banning of the Sex Pistols version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoXHgBhWbyw
•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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvhgBV5YCZ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0m9UqDNz8


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:


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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':
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/gay-nigerians-face-beatings-prison-death/
•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:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/poverty-corruption-fuels-boko-haram-in-nigeria/
All of Episode 2:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/civilians-are-caught-in-the-middle-of-the-war-against-boko-haram/
All of Episode 3:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/in-africas-richest-nation-the-poor-havent-yet-profited/
All of Episode 4:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/how-a-cancer-of-corruption-steals-nigerian-oil-weapons-and-lives/


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': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

Tu, Mar. 7
•Watch the review video on Iran: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UurJmUYbn54
•Practice a couple of FRQs on Iran. Start at AP Central:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2087.html

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:
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2016/07/iran-nuclear-deal-year-expectations-reality-160716140251975.html

Fr, Mar. 3:
•Watch the PBS documentary 'Death in Tehran'
•Read an article on the Supreme Leader of Iran: http://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/supreme-leader

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:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tehran/inside/govt.html
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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYoa9hI3CXg



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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFPtahg859o
•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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23vQEUAvlFc

•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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23vQEUAvlFc



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:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/episode/pbs-newshour-full-episode-feb-19-2017/
•Read Fox News article on the naval deployment:
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/20/us-navy-carrier-deploys-to-south-china-sea-for-first-time-in-trump-presidency.html
•Signs that the migration in China may be reversing:
http://www.nytimes.com/video/business/100000004151360/in-china-a-reverse-migration.html
•Goofy cartoon on prosperity:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/nytnow/your-tuesday-evening-briefing-donald-trump-bernie-sanders-bill-cosby.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
•Graph of China's political system using
file:/Users/stanpaulic/Dropbox/Stan%20Old%20Macbook/Critical%20Documents/apcompgov13:14/China/Feb10-14/Chinese%20Leadership%20Chart%20|%20Chinese%20Leaders.html




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:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s-ZN2yZzWw & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VakUHHUSdf8
•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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l56K07gaPZA

We. Feb. 8
Trip to computer lab to gain info on FRQs by looking at past FRQs. Start at:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2087.html
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkCu7N-J0M

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wtbQUaC9mE
•Video on drug wars in Mexico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8tD73G77Z4

Th, Jan. 26
Mexico review video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6-eCB9qUeY
*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:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®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? . . . http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgjwtyc
•European Court of Justice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rugqJDOeAEs


Fr, Jan. 20
•Practice on AP Central site w/ FRQs from past:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2087.html

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: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#204011
•Brexit from NPR: http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/2017/01/17/510187067/morning-edition-for-january-17-2017
•Lecture - slides available on Google Docs
•Nigel Farage at Trump rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj4K9fr_WgY

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvZkkdPrT7I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXOSE_8HLYs
•Watch a few clips of the House of Commons in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf2FUyB4iJU (First 15 mins. or so)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv5t6rC6yvg#t=257.938866
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xUy2inkGHQ
•Read Pro/Con article on proposals to privatize the National Health Service:
http://www.theweek.co.uk/nhs/63360/pros-and-cons-of-privatising-the-NHS-could-it-ever-work
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.

Th, Dec. 8 . . . CANCELLED DUE TO ICY ROADS

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: