The study guides, known in teacher-talk as graphic organizers, are designed to cover the material essential to a real understanding of U.S. government and focus on forcing the student to analyze the content and help them memorize and retrieve the enormous of amount of information required of them. These graphic organizers are more than just a data retrieval tool, the graphic organizers foster a analytical understanding of the topic. The graphic organizers force the student to make connections. Furthermore the graphic organizers can also be used as a pre-planning practice for essay writing since most of the information covered in the graphic organizers appears on AP essay questions. If used properly the graphic organizers will help any motivated student succeed on the AP U.S. Government exam. Graphic organizers are a great strategy to use for ESOL, ESE, and ESL students.
This graphic organizer asks students to examine what determines the outcome of an election. Concepts covered are soft money, hard money, incumbecny, political action committees (PAC's), interest groups, party identification, advertising. by-nc-nd.