This 65-page pdf file consists of my entire set of notes and tests for high school Government class. There are 5 units and 5 tests.
For the notes, each page represents a separate day of notes. A unit consists of 5 to 7 days of notes.
Following each unit of notes, you will find that unit’s test with answer key. The tests are based fairly closely on the exact words of the notes. The tests are anywhere between 44 and 85 multiple choice questions. On the tests, after each question is a number in parentheses. This refers to what day of the unit notes the question is from. [Example: (1) means day one of that unit’s set of notes.] This comes in handy for students with learning disabilities who are using their notes on the tests. I also find it useful, if I am giving an open-notes test to class. Students can locate the information more effectively.
The notes may be used as a springboard for discussion that you project on the wall while students copy them down to study. Alternatively, they may be printed out and sent home as concept review to prepare for the tests.
Since lecturing each day is generally not a great practice, I only have 27 days of notes. This is especially important to grasp when teaching Government, because the vocab, etc.… is VERY dry. With lecture and discussion combined, each day of notes takes 20 minutes MAXIMUM. A day of notes ranges from 1/3 to 2/3 of a page in 12-typed font. They cover the topics of the units VERY SUCCINCTLY. Just the bare minimum here. I leave time in Government class for a lot of discussion of current events/videos, projects etc.… where students can see or appreciate the concepts from the notes actually being applied. The notes/ tests are just the absolute bare minimum. See below how I cram topics together into single units.
UNIT 1: Principles of Gov’t, Economic Systems, Historical Background, Constitutional
UNIT 2: Branches of Gov’t
UNIT 3: Immigration, Equal Protection, Political Parties, Media
UNIT 4: Taxes/ Budget, Managing Economy, Gov’t Programs, Foreign Policy
UNIT 5: State/ Local Gov’t, Comparative Gov’t, International Organizations, Economics
So spend your time planning engaging activities tailored specifically for your students. I’ve taken care of the notes and tests for you. You can use them while having plenty of time for more rewarding pursuits. Just rest assured that while planning that good stuff, you do not have to worry about the tediousness of generating tests and notes. If lecturing in great detail with correspondingly detailed notes is your thing, this isn’t. If, however, you prefer teaching the minute details in more creative ways and just want to be covered for notes and tests, this will prove extremely useful.