AP U.S. Gov. & Politics is a one-term course geared to prepare students for the AP Exam for this discipline on Th., May 10, 2018, at 8:00AM.

Mo., Nov. 27
•Grudgeball review for the Final. If you miss class, keep going with either the FRQ analysis or study of the 3 practice exams in the back of the '5 Steps to a 5' guide.

We, Nov. 22
•Continue with the FRQ charting from Monday & Tuesday.

Tu, Nov. 21
•Continue with the FRQ charting from Monday.

Mo, Nov. 20
•Chart FRQs from AP Central from 2011 to 2017. The chart form is available here:
•Schedule for the rest of the term through the Final Exam. It is posted here:

Fr, Nov. 17
•Slide show on policymaking - check the class Google Docs slide show.

Th, Nov. 16
•Review the 'Doctrine of Incorporation'
•A guided viewing sheet for the next 2 video segments is linked here:
•Watch 'Democracy in America' segment on the creation of the EPA as an illustration of the policy making process. Start at the 9:09 mark and watch to the 16:45 mark of https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_8/dia_8_video.html
•Watch 'Democracy in America' segment on Food for Peace regarding U.S. foreign policy towards South Korea. Start at the 8:50 mark and watch to the 16:30 mark of https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_15/dia_15_video.html

We, Nov. 15
•Return Unit 10 quizzes
•Return and review results of matching exercise from yesterday.
•Simulation of 5 main steps taken in policymaking: 1) agenda setting 2) policy formulation 3) policy adoption 4) policy implementation 5) policy evaluation
•Handout schedule for the rest of the term through the Final Exam. It is posted here:

Tu, Nov. 14
•Note: The Unit 10 vocabulary is available on Quizlet for practice.
•Watch 'Gideon v. Wainwright' video as a vehicle for learning the 'doctrine of incorporation.' It's available online at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iustxd3Vgw
•Handout of 'Incorporation' cases, linked here:
•Exercise for learning terms for Unit 10, linked here:

Mo, Nov. 13
•First, 3 groups will complete their team presentations on the excerpts from 'In Our Defense.'
•We watch 2 segments from 'Constitution USA' w/ Peter Sagal - The first on the Westboro Baptist Church's freedom of expression case & the other on an 'Establishment Clause' case from a high school in Rhode Island.

Th, Nov. 9
Substitute teacher Mr. Gerl will present illustrations of the 4th Amendment Search & Seizure guidelines, then students will analyze a brief of the case Kyllo v. U.S., 2001 and respond to questions posted on the handout, which is available here:

We, Nov. 8
•Students gather with small groups of others who analyzed the same chapter from 'In Our Defense,' prepare a chart on a large poster sheet, and present about their reading to class, one group at a time.

Tu, Nov. 7
Unit 9 Quiz - 20 pts
•Start Unit 10 on Civil Liberties/Civil Rights - Students receive one of 7 readings from the book 'In Our Defense.' The excerpts are numbered 1 through 7. Each excerpt illustrates how various clauses of the Bill of Rights apply to real-life cases. Students read those and fill out a response paper to use in class on Wed.

Mo, Nov. 6
•Finish Supreme Court presentation w/ a bit of video footage about the Court.
•We'll do the Unit 9 Quiz first thing on Tuesday.
•Extra Credit - 10 pts. - this evening at the Knight Law School at U of O. See entry for Th, Nov. 2 for details. Arrive early if you want to get in!!
5 pts. for attending the SEHS production of 'The Laramie Project' or 'The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later.' Turn in your ticket stapled to your program with a written summary of your experience of the play(s).

Fr, Nov. 3
•We'll do the Unit 9 Quiz first thing on Tuesday.
•More slide show presentation on the Supreme Court . . . check it our on our Google Docs slides. Look for 11/3/17 on top of each slide.

Th, Nov. 2
•Extra credit opportunity: We'll watch a 6-minute video on youtube featuring Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant and outspoken advocate for those of his status, who will be screening & commenting on his film 'Documented' at the U of O Monday evening at the Knight Law School at 6:30PM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJH1IKqF8PA 10 pts for those who attend & submit a response sheet that will be available Monday in class.
•Lecture/slide show on the class Google slide show on the federal courts, with emphasis on the vocabulary from our list.
•If time allows, we'll watch a scene from a C-SPAN video on the Supreme Court.

We, Nov. 1
•Students read and analyze 'Previewing the 2017 Supreme Court Term' and fill in a response sheet. This is only available in the class. If absent, pick this up tomorrow.

Tu, Oct. 31
•Quiz
•Overview of the justice system by substitute teacher and retired lawyer, Mr. Gerl.

Mo, Oct. 30
•Before the quiz we'll tie up a few loose ends - feedback on the article on Executive Orders, a few thoughts on FRQ themes from AP Central & a couple of vocab items.
•Take the Unit 8 quiz.
•Hand out Vocab & Reading Guidelines for the next unit on the Judicial Branch.

Fr, Oct. 27
President's Commission to Make America Great Again by Reducing Bureaucratic Waste will come to session. We'll discuss, debate, and decide on recommendations to make to the President.
•Quiz on Unit 8: The Executive Branch & the Bureaucracy on Monday, Oct. 30, around 20 pts. Use the usual study resources - Quizlet, the McGraw-Hill practice quiz, and the AP Central FRQs that deal with the presidency.

Th, Oct. 26
•Finish Presidents you should know presentation w/ A/B review at end - check the Google slide show, if you're absent.
Make America Great Again - You'll chart the Cabinet Departments - the Bureaucracy - then make choices on 3 departments to eliminate. The worksheet for this exercise is available only in class. If you're absent, go to page 158 in 5 Steps to a 5, and create a chart of the 15 Cabinet Departments w/ a paraphrased description of what each does. Then write 3 short paragraphs explaining why 3 of these departments should/could be eliminated. Bring it to class tomorrow and be ready to rumble! We'll have a commission meeting to decide which departments should be eliminated.

We, Oct. 25
•Collect last night's assignment - Extension on the due date until Thursday.
•Pass back quiz
•Slide show on Presidents you should know
•Watch 'The Johnson Treatment' from the 'Democracy in America' series:
https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_7/dia_7_video.html


Tu, Oct. 24
•In groups:
. . . In your Constitutions, number the clauses in Art. 2, Sec. 1, and in Art. 2, Sec. 2.
Sections 3 & 4 of Article 2 only have one clause apiece.
Search all of Art. 2 for justification of the 10 roles of the president that we studied yesterday. Record where you find justification for the roles on your worksheet from yesterday.
Note: You won't necessarily find justification for all roles.
Example: Chief Executive - Art. 1, Sec. 1, Cl.1
. . . On pg. 155-156 in "5 Steps to a 5," discuss the 4 presidential character types that are described, and determine where you think Barack Obama & Donald Trump fit into these categories.
•Pass out and begin analyzing reading packet - "The Use & Abuse of Executive Orders . . . " The article is linked here:
The worksheet that goes with the article - a 10 pt assignment - is linked here:



Mo, Oct. 23
•Exercise on the 10 roles that president's traditionally play:
This exercise includes ten Google slides, which you can find on our class slide show, to reinforce the concepts.

Fr., Oct. 20
•A couple of slides on odds & ends on Congress
•Quiz on Unit 7 - 22 pts all M.C. questions
•Distribute next unit guidelines

Th, Oct. 19
•Debrief the reading The Case for Congress by Lee Hamilton.
•Watch Segment 1 & Segment 3 of Episode 6 of Democracy in America: https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_6/dia_6_video.html
Segment 1 starts at the beginning & runs through the 9:08 mark. Then skip to the 17:27 mark to watch Segment 3
A couple of questions on the class Google slide show preview these segments.
•Excerpts from FRQs on Congress, on class Google slide show.
•Crash Course on congressional leadership
•Quiz tomorrow on Congress - 20 to 24 points. Use Quizlet, Crash Course or our other online resources for studying.

We, Oct. 18
•By request, I'm just a bill from Schoolhouse Rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQlKiag
Quizlet is updated for this unit.
•Review results of yesterday's activity.
•Preview questions on Google Doc slide, then Watch Democracy in America segment featuring Senators Ron Wyden & Gordon Smith of Oregon; from the 9:08 mark to the 17:27 mark at: https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_6/dia_6_video.html
•HW - reading handout, The Case for Congress by former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana. Available in class only.

Tu, Oct. 17
•Collect HW (charting the Dance of Legislation)
Show the NHSC website
•Finish slide show & vocab from Mon.
•Pass out Making Laws Simply Explained & have students make a flow chart of the info.

Mo, Oct. 16
•Return exams & a few comments on the FRQs
•Fill out chart on Congress w/ slide show. The slide show is on our class Google Doc & the chart is linked here:
HW: Read Dance of Legislation by Eric Redman & follow the directions for charting it. Available only in class.

Tu, Oct. 10
•Comprehensive Mid-term exam - 40 multiple choice & one multi-part FRQ.

Mo, Oct. 9
•Play 'grudgeball' as test prep for tomorrow's test.

Fr., Oct. 6
•We'll start with some light entertainment . . . the first 5 mins. of the 2002 documentary, Journeys with George, featuring Nancy Pelosi's daughter, Alexandra, as she follows George W. Bush on the campaign trail in 1999 & 2000. Then we'll jump to the 11:00 min. mark to the 14:30 mark to watch an example of a candidate 'photo ops.' The video is posted online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwmd8NYiANQ
•Slides on the class Google slide show on major themes from Units 5 & 6 that will appear on the test on Tuesday. For those who are absent, watch the video clip above & check the Google Slides for 10/6 . . . Take notes!!
•Test prep over the weekend - continue to explore the FRQs that were highlighted in class on the AP Central site: 2017, Qs 2 & 4; 2016, Qs 1, 2, & 4; 2015, Qs 2 & 3; 2014, Qs 1 & 2; 2013, Qs 1 & 2

Th, Oct 5
•Show 1 slide on voter demographics, explaining that a trend must be shown between 3 or more points on a graph to be called a trend.
•Demonstrate access to scoring rubrics & sample student responses on AP Central site
•On computers: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-united-states-government-and-politics/exam & study rubrics & student responses, taking notes on these themes. The goal is to understand the reasoning behind the answers.
•Reminder - Comprehensive midterm exam on Tu, Oct. 10 - around 60-65 pts. w/ 1 complete multi-part FRQ. It will cover anything from Chs. 6-11 in the 5 Steps to a 5 guidebook.

We, Oct 4
•Finish video from yesterday
•Field responses from HW for last night
•Demonstrate access to scoring rubric for the Qs & the authentic student answers
•Use computers to look at rubrics for the FRQs for these questions, that you might see on the test on Tuesday:

Tu, Oct. 3
•Return quizzes
•Student ideas on how to increase voter turnout
•Watch PBS Newshour segment on gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear today: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/episode/pbs-newshour-weekend-full-episode-october-1-2017/
A worksheet that goes with the above video is linked here:
HW - Open the AP Central site for AP U.S. Gov. & Politics at: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-united-states-government-and-politics/exam
Scroll down to Exam Questions & Scoring Information & open the 2017 Free Response Questions that were used on the AP Exam in May, 2017.
On the handout you received in class, summarize any question that primarily deals with areas that we've already studied in class. For example, for the 2017 questions, I would summarize Qs 2 & 4, because we've already studied interest groups & federalism.
Do the same for the FRQs for 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016, also. The worksheet for this assignment is linked here:


Mo, Oct. 2
•Finish Friday's simulation on the election cycle.
•Pass in article & response on voter turnout.
•Watch Democracy in America (linked to this website on the right), Episode 13 on Elections, answering these questions:
Part 1, from beginning to 7:53 mark : Why did JFK campaign in West Virginia? What issues did JFK directly confront in the West Virginia primary?
Part 3, from 16:55 to end: Why was the Rock the Vote program created? How was the program aided by a change in the voter registration laws? Can campaigns like this encourage young people to vote?

Fr., Sep. 29
•Simulation of the presidential election cycle for the year 2044. Students play roles of candidates, news reporters, etc.

Th, Sep. 28
•Question time before quiz.
•Take quiz
•Handout Unit 5 vocab & reading guidelines - Check students' prior knowledge of vocab items for this unit.



We, Sep. 27
•Quiz tomorrow on Unit 4 - Political Parties - Study at Quizlet, Episodes 40 & 41 of Crash Course, & the McGraw/Hill online practice questions on Political Parties.
•Start at the 4:47 mark in Crash Course Episode 36 to understand the 'plurality rule' and how it influences the formation of only 2 major parties.
•Google slide show on a few of the terms for tomorrow's quiz + an A/B exercise.

Tu, Sep. 26
•Slides 5, 6, & 7 from class Google Slide Show
•Watch part 2 of Episode 12 of Democracy in America
Discuss the article How American Politics Went Insane

Mo, Sep. 25
•Read some of the FRQ created by groups on Friday . . . Check the class website.
•Watch part 1 of Democracy in America with Renee Poussaint about the roles political parties play in campaigns.
•HW - Handout reading of an article from the July/August, 2016 edition of the Atlantic titled How American Politics Went Insane. Students should read this & highlight or underline any terms or comments they don't understand.
The article is also available online at:
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/07/how-american-politics-went-insane/485570/

Fr, Sep. 22
•Start class by introducing the Free-Response style question section of the AP U.S. Gov. & Politics Exam - read selected sections on pgs. 63-67, then look at examples of FRQ-style questions on pgs.68-71. Next, break up into random groups of 3 or 4 students, get out the reading on Origins & Functions of Political Parties, and in your group develop a multi-pronged FRQ-style question to present to class.
•Enjoy your weekend and continue w/ the reading as per the Unit 4 handout.

Th, Sep. 21
•Have demographics slide on screen when students enter
•Students get on computers to use Quizlet &/or the McGraw/Hill site.
•Take Unit 3 Quiz - 18 pts.
•Distribute study guides for Unit 4 - Political Parties

We, Sep. 20
•Vocab Quiz tomorrow on Unit 3, Political Culture. Study the key terms on pg. 99 in 5 Steps to a 5. Questions may also include the following vocab from yesterday's reading: demography, census, minority-majority, Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, graying of America.
Study my Quizlet questions for Unit 3 on Political Culture & . . . use the McGraw/Hill site we accessed last week. The code is on the inside of the back cover of your 5 Steps to a 5 guide. There will be 2 or 3 questions from units 1 & 2, also, so review those lists.
•Finish reading & worksheet from yesterday then review the terms in the exercise.
•Return last quiz with a look at Qs #2, 3, 4, & 13

Tu, Sep. 19
•Letters home about books.
•Student questions from the readings.
•Reading from Government in America: from 'The American People' on pg. 178 through Fig. 6.2 on pg.184, with guided note-taking sheet.

Mo, Sep. 18
Business stuff - I won't be available for IA time on Wed this week, but will meet w/ any student upon request after school any other day.
. . . letter home about paying for study guide
. . . sorry, but 'Constitution USA' is no longer available on PBS website.
•Those who missed Friday quiz will take it in the back of the room first thing.
•Start w/ Crash Course episode #35 on Political Ideology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_k_k-bHigM&index=35&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOfse2ncvffeelTrqvhrz8H
•Examine the traditional political spectrum from radicals on the left to reactionaries on the right.
•Do Libertarian's Shortest Political Quiz to see where you land on the Libertarian scale: https://www.libertarianism.com/
•Review Qs #2, 3, 4, & 13 from the quiz
•HW: Pass out readings on Conservatives, Moderates, and Liberals

Fr, Sep. 15
•Go through the Rapid Review on pg. 97
•Class Google slides
•Pre-quiz questions
•Take quiz

Th, Sep. 14
•Did someone hack some of the senior pictures??
•Watch Senator Rand Paul complain to a congressional committee that his toilets won't flush (plus more) on 'Constitution USA': from the 39:20 mark to 51:35 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yu7qI9XVRU
•Two issues to ponder - Assisted suicide and abortion. Should they be controlled at the federal or the state level?
•A few slides on the class Google slide show in prep for tomorrow
20 pt (or so) vocab quiz on Unit 2 tomorrow - Federalism tomorrow at the end of the period. We'll do some more studies/lessons on federalism first.

We. Sep. 13
•De-brief editorial from Monday
•Computer work in class . . .
. . . First, register for a McGraw/HIll account - details inside the front cover of your new '5 Steps to a 5' book.
Next, go to the class Quizlet site & practice 'Unit 2 - Federalism' vocab on 1 or 2 or the games/exercises.
Finally, go back to the McGraw/Hill site & practice the MC questions there - some are quite challenging. 3 or 4 of these will appear on the quiz on Friday, so pay attention to explanations provided for each questions on this site.

Tu, Sep. 12
•Distribute new copies of '5 Steps to a 5' & personal copies of the Constitution.
•Watch from around min. 12:00 to min. 28 in 'Constitution USA' -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yu7qI9XVRU
•Check responses to editorial on shifting regulatory power.

Mo, Sep. 11
•10 to 15 mins. for your questions on any items that might be on the quiz.
•Take the quiz
•Introduction to Federalism - First segment of Peter Sagal's 'Constitution USA' -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yu7qI9XVRU
. . . we watched about the first 12 1/2 mins. of this. There's a worksheet that goes with it.

Fr, Sep. 8
Complete slides/lecture on vocab items - Commerce & Slave Trade Compromise
•Watch episode 5 of Crash Course on U.S. Government (linked to my website) on Constitutional Compromises
•Computer work - 1st, open your 4J Google site, open 'Shared w/ me' and accept the invitation to the class slide show. Next, open the Quizlet link and practice the vocab with a couple of different of the Quizlet features
Vocab quiz on Monday, Sep. 11 - 18 to 20 pts. - Multiple Choice questions . . . practice on Quizlet . . . also practice the MC questions at the end of the reading packet as some will be the basis for quiz questions on Monday.

Th, Sep. 7
•Any news stories of note?
•Keys to success in this class.
•Google Doc slide show (accessible to students through 4J Google Docs) on the following terms: government, representative democracy, direct democracy,traditional democratic theory, pluralist theory, elite theory, bureaucratic theory, hyperpluralism, Declaration of Independence, social contract, natural rights, Articles of Confederation, Connecticut (Great Compromise), Three-fifths Compromise
•Homework: handout that compares the coverage of 1) Bicameral Congress & 2) Separation of Powers & Checks & Balances in the reading handout vs. the Crash Course videos on each.

We, Sep. 6 - Welcome back!
•Seats, names, nicknames
•DACA - Watch these 2 news stories from Tu.:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/daca-revoked-u-s-young-undocumented-immigrants/
NYT video 'What 'Dreamers' Have to Lose' from yesterday
These 2 videos contrast the processes of govt. that lead to public policy with the emotional impact of public policy (like DACA, or the rescinding of DACA). We'll primarily focus on the processes public policy, but allow a bit of discussion on the impacts at times, too.
•Distribute syllabus & explain the books we'll use
•Distribute the first reading packet (a substitute since our books haven't arrived yet).
Homework: Read pgs. 75-85 & do the practice MC questions on pgs. 86-88 before class on Friday.









We, Nov. 9
We spent the whole period discussing the election and student responses to the results.

Tu, Nov. 8
We'll do a fill-in-the-blank exercise on Policy Making, then watch more Crash Course on Policy.

Mo, Nov 7
Start with viewing an episode from 'Democracy in America with Renee Poussaint' on the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in response to severe environmental problems in the 1960s and early '70s. Students who are absent can view this online. Watch from the 9:05 min. mark to the 16:40 min. mark at https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_8/dia_8_video.html

Next we go to a slide-show presentation on Policy Making.

Finally, we watch the Crash Course episode on Monetary & Fiscal Policy at: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/_tULRch1PRQ

Fr, Nov. 4
Review - Your questions, then we take a 37-pt M.C. test on Unit 4.
Reading to complete by Monday: pgs. 205 to 212 in the Herzog & Wood guide, taking notes on vocab listed in the schedule below.

Th, Nov. 3
•Brief debrief of DeFazio's visit.
•Prep for test tomorrow -

We, Nov. 2
We visit with longtime OR Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Tu, Nov. 1
We'll prepare for our visit with Congressman DeFazio by doing some research on him through his congressional website at: http://defazio.house.gov/

Mo., Oct. 31
First, we'll watch a Crash Course video on the Bureaucracy:
https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/I8EQAnKntLs
There are 2 other episodes about the Bureaucracy that I suggest you watch on your own at:
https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/tIvUo3bP4Eo . . . and . . .
https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/12MCVhfo4j4
•For the remainder of the class, students will work individually or in groups to complete a fill-in-the-blank exercise on the Bureaucracy.

Fr, Oct. 28
•We'll watch pt. 2 of presidential powers from Crash Course: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/fnHb-zyWh14
The rest of the class will be a lesson on resources to use to become an informed voter.

Th, Oct. 27
We'll try the videos again that were scheduled for yesterday & pray that Vladimir Putin doesn't sabotage our access to the internet again.


We, Oct. 26
•We'll start with Crash Course on the roles of the President: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/5l02sK5LovI & https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/fnHb-zyWh14

Discussion: Do the high expectations that Americans have for the presidency ensure disillusionment with the incumbents?

Next, we'll watch a Democracy in America segment titled "Tools of Power" that highlights President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963-1969) wielding his power to press civil rights legislation in the mid-60s.
It's at: https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_7/dia_7_video.html

Tu, Oct. 25:
•Return tests - check one or two of the tougher questions.
•Quick review of legislature -
1. Why is a vote of 'cloture' sought in the Senate? A: A cloture vote (60% or more of Senators available most vote for cloture) will end a filibuster & allow debate continue on a bill.
2. How does the position of majority leader of the House of Representatives compare to that of the majority leader of the Senate? A: In the Senate, the majority leader is the most powerful position. In the House, the Speaker is more powerful than the majority leader.
3. What major advantage does the majority party have in terms of committees in either house of Congress? A: The majority party in the House or in the Senate controls the chair of all committees and will have a majority of all committees.
4.Who is the District 4 House representative from Oregon? Peter Defazio, our guest next Weds.


•The Executive branch . . .
1. Where do we find the powers of the president spelled out in the Constitution? A: Article 2
2. In what way did the Founders avoid military tyranny when they described the powers of the president? A: Made an elected civilian president the Commander-in-chief of the military.
3. Why did Congress pass the War Powers Act of 1973? A: To prevent (sort of) more undeclared wars like the ones in Korea and Vietnam.
4. What restraints on the president are found in the War Powers Act? A: The president must report to Congress w/in 48 hours of deploying troops; (s)he must withdraw troops w/in 60 days if Congress doesn't approve of the deployment
5. Why is a Congressional override of a presidential veto rare? A: It takes 2/3 of both houses to pass an override.


Mo, Oct. 24:
•Crash Course on Congressional Committees - https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/evLR90Dx79M
•Cut to Micro-Brew caucus afterward: http://www.outsideonline.com/1929656/meet-leaders-congress%E2%80%99s-craft-brew-caucus
•Crash Course on Checks & Balances: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/0bf3CwYCxXw
•Crash Course on Congressional Elections: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/qxiD9AEX4Hc
•Crash Course on Congressional Leadership: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/L8urcMLGFyU
•Crash Course on Congressional Decisions: https://nerdfighteria.info/video/329/ZT9ipQdYL-s


REVIEW REMINDERS

•Your Herzog/Wood guide book has 4 practice exams in the back. Do one or two in the weeks before AP testing.

•Practice/review FRQs on the AP Central site at:

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2086.html

•Study with friends from class . . . form a study group.

•Check out quizlet for AP U.S. Gov . . . it's loaded with fun exercises:

https://quizlet.com/918481/ap-us-government-and-politics-flash-cards/

New find!! - Bubba Brain has games to play to help you review terms for all units - http://www.bubbabrain.com/

•Use the Practice Test Database that appears at the bottom right corner of the SEHS Library page. Our librarians, Julie or Karen, will show you how to open an account.

•And, use the Crash Course series on U.S. Gov at: https://nerdfighteria.info/cat/329

•Stop by for answers to your questions. I'd love to chat with you.





Final Exam Format & Prep

Tu., Nov. 29: 2 full FRQs in class + part of another one. Responses will be a graded part of your final exam score. I suggest reviewing some of the other questions and responses on the AP Central site from recent years, back to 2010 or so. Some of what I'll have for you on Tues. will come from these past questions, although I'll have at least 1 question, or parts of 1 question, from other sources.



Th, Dec. 1: 45 mins. to do 60 Multiple Choice questions covering all 6 units. I'll weight both sides of the test - FRQs & MCs - so that they are approximately equal in determining your final exam grade.



You might want to go through at least one of the 4 sample exams in the back of our Herzog/Wood guide. Although I haven't used those as sources of questions on the MC part, it will be a helpful review to see which ones you know instantly and which ones you need to bone up on. I'll have a complete answer key for all those MC questions for you on Monday. Circle the answers you think are best, then you can check yourself against the key before Thursday.