AP U.S. Government Required Foundational Documents and Quiz

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You can purchase my entire AP U.S. Government course which includes this bundle, pacing, unit tests, and a 4-week review session prior to the AP exam here: AP U.S. Government Complete Course

You can also find my bundle on the required Supreme Court cases here.

The AP U.S. Government redesign of 2018-2019 put an emphasis on 9 required documents for the AP examination. College Board states: "Foundational documents are necessary for students to understand the philosophical underpinnings and political values of the U.S. political system and may serve as the focus of AP Exam questions."

All of the foundational documents that I have included have questions at the end that the students need to complete with their reading. You can anticipate that the foundational documents will be used in the multiple-choice portion of the exam and form the basis for the argument essay in the FRQ section.

This bundle includes:

-The Declaration of Independence/reading questions - Pertains to the constitutional underpinnings section. Thomas Jefferson touches on key themes of the social contract, consent of the governed, and popular sovereignty.

-The Articles of Confederation/reading questions - Pertains to the constitutional underpinnings section. The nation's first attempt at government that was very ineffectual and had major differences from the Constitution that we live under today.

- Federalist No. 10/reading questions - Pertains to the constitutional underpinnings section. Written by "Publius" (James Madison), this document goes over the dangers of faction and how they can be controlled through a large commercial republic.

-Federalist No. 51/reading questions - Pertains to the constitutional underpinnings section. Written by "Publius" (James Madison), this document describes how separation of powers and checks/balances can control the dangers of faction

-Brutus No. 1/reading questions - Pertains to the constitutional underpinnings section. "Brutus" (probably Robert Yates) discusses how the nation is too large to be governed by a Republic, the dangers of the necessary and proper clause, and the need for a Bill of Rights.

Constitution Packet (key included) - Pertains to the constitutional underpinnings section. An 8 page packet that lets students dive into the Constitution. It includes a basic outline of the first 3 articles, hypotheticals, and allows the students to research their own congressional representatives.

Martin Luther King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail/reading questions - The key document for the Civil Liberties/Civil Rights unit. King talks about the need for equality, the battle to fight injustice, and the role of civil disobedience.

Federalist No. 70/reading questions - Part of the Executive branch section. "Publius" (Alexander Hamilton) discusses the need for a strong, single, and energetic President to head the executive branch of government.

Federalist No.78/reading questions - Part of the Judicial branch section. "Publius" (Alexander Hamilton) describes the judicial branch as "the least dangerous branch" because they don't have the power of the purse or sword. He also lists his reasons for an independent judiciary.

Required Documents Quiz (key included) - A 40 question matching quiz related to the nine documents. I included two different versions of the quiz to prevent cheating (same questions different order).

Thank you very much for considering this bundle. If you have any questions please click on the product Q&A section.

You can find the rest of my AP Government bundles below:

Constitutional Underpinnings Bundle

Federalism Bundle

Political Culture and Socialization Bundle

Interest Groups and Mass Media Bundle

Political Parties Bundle

Elections and Campaigns Bundle

The Legislative Branch Bundle

Economic Policy and the Budget Bundle

The Executive Branch and Federal Bureaucracy Bundle

Foreign and Military Policy Bundle

The Judicial Branch Bundle

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Bundle

Public Policy Bundle

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