Civics and AP Government and Politics Resources

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This is a syllabus for AP Government and Politics. It can be formatted specifically for your course and covers everything a student needs to know about the course as well as the AP Government Exam.
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This lesson is meant to be used as a google doc to allow students to work in groups to examine pluralism, elitism, and hyper pluralism. I have uploaded it as a word doc as google docs are not supported on this site--but you could modify it either
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This packet (updated for 2017) gives general tips on writing the FRQ for AP Government as well as provides a table that aligns every FRQ asked by chapter/topic so that teachers/students can easily see the type of FRQs asked for a given section of
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This reading has select excerpts on the Supreme Court's decision regarding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Following the majority opinion, there is a excerpt of a concurrence as well as excerpts of dissenting opinions. There are
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This comprehensive PPT (109 Slides) covers the history of the Constitution, each Article and Amendment, discussion questions and activities, Constitutional interpretation, and more. It is designed to be taught over the period of about 4 weeks.
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This PPT covers political socialization and public opinion and is part of a 2-3 weeks unit (can make shorter if needed). It is updated for the 2016 election has discussion activities and practice FRQs. Please see the my APG calendar for links to
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The detailed PowerPoint covers an introduction to the AP Government Exam as well as an introduction to the first chapter of the course, which covers basic government, politics, democracy, theories of government, and political ideology. There are
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This 48 slide PPT on federalism includes case studies, examples, practice FRQs, and practice questions to help students not only understand federalism, but hopefully find it interesting. Case studies include McCulloch v. Maryland, Gibbons v. Ogden,
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PowerPoint (79 slides) on civil liberties, case studies, discussion questions, and class activities. Very comprehensive and covers everything that would be on an AP Government exam regarding the topic of civil liberties. Would be easily modified
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The 60 slide powerpoint contains everything that would students would be required to know on the topic of civil rights for the AP Exam. It is used over the course of about 2-3 weeks. It contains short activities, discussion questions, and some FRQ
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The 60 slide PPT contains all the information necessary to understand the role of interests groups for an APG class. It includes discussion activities and as well as an in depth look at iron triangles, which is usually a key concept for APG
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This 84 slide PPT covers the elections process, the electoral college, campaign finance, mass media, and political propaganda. It is meant to be used over the course of a 2-4 week unit. There are discussion questions and practice FRQs included in
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This 60+ PPT covers all the key information on political parties (updated for 2016 election) for the APG exam, including concepts such as divided government and the history of political parties. There are also activities and practice FRQs. See my
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This 90 slide PPT on the presidency covers everything an AP students would need to know on this topic. It is meant to be used over the courts of a 2-3 week unit and includes discussion activities and practice FRQs,
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This 51 slide PPT covers the judicial branch in detail and includes discussion questions and practice FRQs. It is meant to be used over the course of a 2-3 week unit.
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This 89 slide PPT on Congress is updated for the 2016 elections and includes practice FRQs, congressional committees, gerrymandering, and everything else that is covered on the AP Gov exam related to Congress.
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This 55 slide PPT cover the federal bureaucracy and includes everything that would be covered on an AP exam.
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This is an overview of the AP Government and Politics Exam.
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This activity has students learn about Iron Triangles (big AP Gov topic) by having them first view a list of groups and then determine where they would fit on an iron triangle and why. The PowerPoint that goes with this activity (and goes through
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This activity includes a 1 page reading and 1 page concept map for students to complete in order to understand the basic concepts of the Constitution -- such as separation of powers, checks and balances, limited government, etc. There is a
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I am a social studies teacher with 15 years of experience. I teach AP Government and Politics, Regular Government, and have previously taught a variety of history courses. Below under "teaching style" is a link to my AP Government calendar if you are looking for sequencing and how I use these resources (will be adding more).

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I have a 90% pass rate on the AP Government exam with an average score of 3.9 over the course of several years. I have many AP GOV and regular gov/civics resources that I will be posting soon.

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