AP Gov Daily Assignments

As you scroll down, assignments and daily class work will be listed/updated daily.

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TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY 1/22-1/23
In class, we had a quiz on chapter 13, and started working through chapter 15. An article that might be of interest CLICK HERE
HW: Read chapter 15

FRIDAY 1/18
In class, we had some discussion and the class had some time to get things submitted as needed.
HW: Finish budget work above and submit to turnitin.com by TONIGHT 1/18 at 11:59PM; read chapter 13 if not completed and read chapter 15 by next week.

THURSDAY 1/17
I am out today – here are instructions for class activities:
Activity 1: With a small group or partner, please research as much information about entitlements (social security, medicare/medicaid, etc…).  Once you have a good understanding, create a presentation developing pro/con position on entitlements.  The pro portion should argue why we must keep and maintain entitlements the same as they are now.  The con portion should argue reform is needed and I would like you to create a possible reform proposal/solution to solving the entitlement issue/debate.  Your group/partnership must do both the pro and con position in the same presentation.  If the class decides, you can start a discussion after all groups are done with creating presentations – but I would like to be present for a discussion, so we will also have a brief discussion tomorrow in class.  You will turn in/submit presentations to me tomorrow in class, but they should be finished today.
Activity 2: Once the entitlement debate work is complete, you can work on your Finances in Government – AP GOV which is due to turnitin.com by this Friday.  You will not have class time tomorrow, so try to complete what you can today in class – the rest is homework.  Remember, you can work together on all parts of the document EXCEPT the 3-5 paragraph response at the end.  That should be your own writing/thinking. Once you complete both items above, you can take some time to work on other classwork/homework for your other classes.
HW: Finish budget work above and submit to turnitin.com by Friday 1/18 at 11:59PM, read chapter 13 if not completed and read chapter 15 by next week.

WEDNESDAY 1/16
In class, we discusses the tax form from Monday/Tuesday, had a short debate on entitlements, and students worked a bit more on Finances in Government – AP GOV which is due to turnitin.com by this Friday.
HW: Finish budget work above and submit to turnitin.com by Friday 1/18 at 11:59PM, read chapter 13 if not completed and read chapter 15 by next week.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 1/14-1/15
In class, we continued a discussion on budget, and students worked on some “mock” numbers for personal taxation.  They filled out an old version of a 1040EZ using 2014 Tax Brackets.  Students had some time in class to work more on Finances in Government – AP GOV which is due to turnitin.com by this Friday.
HW: Finish budget work, read chapter 13 if not completed and read chapter 15 by next week.

FRIDAY 1/11
In class, students started working together or independently on the following: Finances in Government – AP GOV.  Please fill out the document, and submit to turnitin.com.  You will have some time today to get started – It will be due to turnitin.com in one week (NEXT FRIDAY).  The only thing you must complete individually is the writing at the end of the document.
HW: Read chapter 13 by Monday/Tuesday.  Read chapter 15 by the following week (week of 1/21).

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 1/9-1/10
WELCOME BACK! In class, we started a discussion on the Federal Budget after discussing current events from break.
HW: Read chapter 13 by Monday/Tuesday.  Read chapter 15 by the following week (week of 1/21).

END OF SEMESTER 1

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY 12/18-12/19
Final Exam
**Thank you for all of your hard work this semester.  Grades will be finalized by Friday morning.  You have no official “assigned” homework over break.  The week back, we will discuss chapter 13, and the following week move into the Supreme Court.  Have a safe and relaxing break.

WEDNESDAY-MONDAY 12/12-12/17
In class, students had time to work on review sessions.  On Friday, I helped students sign up for Albert.io and assigned a possible review/bonus assignment for the semester.  The final will consist of 55 multiple choice questions and an FRQ.  It will take place next week (Tuesday 12/18 for period 3 and Wednesday 12/19 for period 4).
If you wish to review FRQ prompt suggestions, CLICK HERE

MONDAY/TUESDAY 12/10-12/11
In class, we discussed iron triangles, and viewed a part of Frontline’s program on the NRA.  We will begin reviewing for the final Wednesday/Thursday.  Please bring your textbook, notes, anything study aids you have available for review.
HW: Study for final.

FRIDAY 12/7
In class, students had some choice and used Friday as a work day since I was on a trip with the 8th grade, and we were missing so many due to Thescon.
Choices: You can use chrome books if needed, and there are headphones available for music or viewing the video below
1) Work on other class catch-up/study/major/etc…
2) Reading chapter 13 for this class
3) Work on make-up, quiz corrections
4) Bonus assignment – On front table by the phone (Interactions of President and Congress review – Complete and 2 bonus points on a quiz or test of your choosing
5) For fun – view the video on Black-Ops – headphones available if needed.
6) College stuff

VIDEO: LINK FOUND HERE OR VIEW BELOW

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 12/5-12/6
In class, we presented agency arguments (4th period did not finish, so we will finish on Tuesday of next week).
HW: Read chapter 13 (Federal Budget).  We will start discussing next week.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 12/3-12/4
In class, we worked on two activities.  The first activity is the big pizza lobby: CLICK HERE for Big Pizza Lobby (Activity #1) – Read the article (link found at the top of the page). Write your responses to all questions on your own piece of paper and turn it in to the dropbox.  You can work together discussing these questions, but everyone needs to turn in their own responses to the questions.
Once complete with activity 1 – you will choose and research a bureaucratic agency to research and present this week.  **Period 4 Tuesday – see the substitute to sign up for an agency.  You need to research and put together a brief presentation answering the following questions and add other info you feel is important:
-When was it founded and why? What are its goals?
-What department is above it (if any)?
-How many employees does it have?
-Who is in charge of this department or agency?
-How it developed over the years – the highs and lows (was there a time the budget was dramatically increased or decreased – why?)
-Why is it still important now?
-How much funding has it received in the past fiscal year? How much funding do you say it should get this fiscal year?
You will give a speech on Wednesday/Thursday convincing your audience why your agencies budget should not be cut – possibly even increased.  You do not need visual aids, but may use them if you wish.
**Once you are complete with both the above assignments, you may work on other things.
HW: Finish presentation – Read chapter 14.

FRIDAY 11/30
In class, we took the mid-unit test for unit 2.
HW: Read chapter 14

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 11/28-11/29
In class, we started discussing chapter 14, as the class took some notes and completed two activities online: CLICK HERE for Big Pizza Lobby (Activity #1).  If time permitted, we also worked a bit on a short individual research presentation to be given in class today OR next Monday/Tuesday.
HW: Mid-unit test on Friday 11/30 CLICK HERE for Unit 2 mid-unit exam..  By Friday 11/30, complete a Presidential profile report card for your president.  Use the Presidential Report Card sample as a guide to typing and completing your own.  You must include all sections on the sample (both enumerated and implied).  Due in hard copy form on 11/30. Read chapter 14.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 11/26-11/27
In class, we did some review around presidential powers, and started to discuss federal bureaucracy.  CLICK HERE for Unit 2 mid-unit exam.
HW: Mid-unit test on Friday 11/30.  By Friday 11/30, complete a Presidential profile report card for your president.  Use the Presidential Report Card sample as a guide to typing and completing your own.  You must include all sections on the sample (both enumerated and implied).  Due in hard copy form on 11/30. Read chapter 14.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY 11/14-11/16
In class, groups presented Presidential profiles.  We discussed profiles and evaluations of profiles before ending for break.
HW: You will have a test over chapter 11 and 12 (with a few questions from unit 1) on Friday 11/30.  A study guide will be posted on Monday 11/26.  By Friday 11/30, complete a Presidential profile report card for your president.  Use the Presidential Report Card sample as a guide to typing and completing your own.  You must include all sections on the sample (both enumerated and implied).  Due in hard copy form on 11/30.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 11/12-11/13
In class, we did some notes on chapter 12 – discussing Presidential privilege – before groups worked on their Presidential profile.  We will begin those presentations next class. I discussed in class an opportunity to apply for Citizen University – Application window closes tonight – here it is https://www.citizenuniversity.us/programs/youth-power-project/
HW: Chapter 12 and finish working on presentation.  If your group’s MLA works cited is not included as part of the presentation, make sure to send me the works cited.  Also, include citations in the presentation.

FRIDAY 11/9
In class, groups worked on research for the presidential profile project.
HW: Finish chapter 12.  Finish research/presentation (due Wed/Thur) – You will have some time to work in class Monday/Tuesday.  We will not have a quiz on chapter 12, but after Thanksgiving Break, a mid-unit test on chapter 11 and 12.  It will take place on Friday of the week back.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 11/7-11/8
In class, we discussed election results and started work on chapter 12 with prior knowledge discussion and some notes.
HW: Finish reading chapter 12.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 11/5-11/6
In class, students completed an FRQ, scored, and reflected upon the FRQ in class.  They started work on Analyzing Presidential Decisions – You can work as groups or with a partner on the presidential decision activity (one member should be taking notes).  PERIOD 3 – If you would like to take part in a short “mock election” please stop by tomorrow to fill out a ballot at anytime during the day.  I will have copies of mock ballots available.
HW: Read/notes on chapter 12

FRIDAY 11/2
In class, we worked on a congressional committee simulation using peer created bills/resolutions.
HW: Read chapter 12

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 10/31-11/1
In class, students looked at individual ballots from their district using Ballot Address Locator.  They compiled a pro/con list for each of the shared ballot initiatives.  As a small group, deciding on one idea to share, they posted pro/con ideas on poster paper and predicted the likelihood of the initiative passing (and why). They then had time to work independently on their own bill/resolution.
HW: Read chapter 12 – Work on bill/resolution – You will have some time Wed/Thur to type your bill/resolution in class. It is due to turnitin.com by Thursday 11/1 at 11:59PM.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 10/29-10/30
In class, we presented bill research from govtrack and started working on individual bills/resolutions.
HW: Read chapter 12 – Work on bill/resolution – You will have some time Wed/Thur to type your bill/resolution in class. It is due to turnitin.com by Thursday 11/1 at 11:59PM.

FRIDAY 10/26
In class, students completed the chapter 11 quiz and worked on the bill presentations.
HW: Finish bill presentation – be ready to present Monday/Tuesday.  Begin reading chapter 12.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 10/24-10/25
In class, we did some review of chapter 11 before working on a small project for bills in congress.  Visit  www.govtrack.us/
As a small group, choose a bill from the list, and sign up for the bill.  Read through the bill, and create a presentation summarizing the bill, discussing the authoring and tracking of the bill, and your own evaluation looking at pros/cons of the bill.
HW: Chapter 11 quiz Friday; Presentation due Monday/Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 10/17-10/18
In class, we revisited the primary sources before begin a discussion, text analysis, and independent reading on critiquing congress.
HW: Have chapter 11 done by next week – finish the article on a Divided Congress by next week.  Answer the questions at the end of the reading on a separate document.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 10/15-10/16
In class, small groups worked on the roles in congress (from legislates to constitutional powers).  They looked at some primary source documents to match to the roles of congress.
HW: No assigned homework (academic mindfulness week)

THURSDAY-FRIDAY 10/11-/10/12
In class, period 4 had a discussion about current events and the PSAT on Thursday.  On Friday, the class worked through part of chapter 11 (how a bill becomes a law).

WEDNESDAY 10/10
We did not have a formal class today because most of the class was taking the PSAT test. We will pick up with chapter 11 Friday.
HW: Read chapter 11 by Friday

MONDAY/TUESDAY 10/8-10/9
In class, we started discussing congress and the breakdown of the 115th session.  We discussed note strategies and due dates (independent per student).  This is the start of our second unit.  I will have the chapter 11 study guide up by the end of the day today. It can be found in the Unit 2 resources.
HW: Read chapter 11 by Friday

FRIDAY 10/5
In class, we discussed satire and fake news a bit more as a transition to our next unit.
HW: Catch Up – no assigned homework, but if you want to start reading chapter 11 – we will be starting this on Monday/Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 10/3-10/4
In class, students completed the multiple-choice exam over unit 1.  I was out for a potion of class for a meeting in period 4, so once students were complete, they had the opportunity to work on some other things.  If you would like to view a video (TedTalkesque) on satire versus fake news, CLICK HERE.
HW: Take a brief break – you can begin reading/working through chapter 11.  We will start working with that chapter next week.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 10/1-10/2
In class, we did some text analysis, document review, and complete part 1 of the unit 1 exam (FRQ).  Wed/Thur will be the multiple choice exam for unit 1.
HW: CLICK HERE for the Unit 1 Study Guide passed out in class – STUDY.  Satire analysis essay – Due to turnitin.com by 10/2 at 11:59PM (I will collect the sheet you fill out on Wed/Thur.  I also realized some of you might still not have the codes to sign up for turnitin.com.  They can be found below:
Period 3 – Class ID: 19128529         Enrollment Key: russelldsap3
Period 4 – Class ID: 19128548         Enrollment Key: russelldsap4

FRIDAY 9/28
In class, we caught up on a few things from the week – discussed McCulloch v. Maryland, compared cases, talked about Unit 1 exam next week.  CLICK HERE for the Unit 1 Study Guide passed out in class.
HW: Satire analysis essay – Due to turnitin.com by 10/2 at 11:59PM (I will collect the sheet you fill out on Wed/Thur of next week.  Unit 1 exam (FRQ #1 on Mon/Tue) and (MC section on Wed/Thur).

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 9/26-9/27
In class, groups looked over and reviewed Brutus 1 before discussing the three foundational documents we have read the past few days.  Once completed with this discussion, on the computers, students researched McCulloch vs. Maryland,
and filled out a “case briefing” sheet with the information on this case before discussing issues with the case.
HW: Unit 1 exam will be next week (beginning on 10/1-10/4).  Satire analysis essay due to turnitin.com by Tuesday 10/2 at 11:59PM.  If you do not have turnitin.com codes – see me.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 9/24-9/25
In class, the class read and did a short reading assessment on Federalist 51.  We started talking about fiscal federalism and found examples in modern society.
HW: Unit 1 exam will be next week (beginning on 10/1-10/4).  Satire analysis essay due to turnitin.com by Tuesday 10/2 at 11:59PM.  If you do not have turnitin.com codes – see me.

FRIDAY 9/21
In class, we briefly discussed Federalist #10 and viewed a short piece on the 2016 Oregon Standoff.
HW: Finish reading chapter 3.  Unit 1 exam will be Friday 9/28 OR Mon/Tue 10/1-10/2.  Satire analysis essay due to turnitin.com Tuesday 10/2 by 11:59PM.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 9/19-9/20
In class, we discussed Constitutional reform and worked through differences through enumeration, reserved, and concurrent powers.
HW: Read/annotate The Federalist Papers #10.  Continue reading chapter 3.  NO QUIZ this Friday on chapter 3.  Unit 1 exam (chapters 1,2, and 3) next Friday 9/28.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 9/17-9/18
In class, students signed up for turnitin.com (see me if you were absent to get the class code).  They submitted amendment scenarios.  We had a debate after reading some opinion pieces on the three-fifths compromise, and started a discussion and reading on reforming the current Constitution.
HW: Reading of chapter 3.  Unit 1 exam next Friday (9/28).  Satire analysis assignment due 10/1-10/2.

FRIDAY 9/14
In class, we completed the quiz over chapter 2, and students worked independently on the Amendment scenarios (you will have time to finish these next Monday/Tuesday.
HW: Begin reading chapter 3 (we will be working a bit more with ideas from 2 and starting 3 next week).  Satire analysis writing (due 10/1 or 10/2).

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 9/12-9/13
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FROM STATION 4 in class.In class, we discussed the Declaration and Articles, started to discuss the constitution, and completed some amendment activities.  CLICK HERE for crash course on the constitution and Articles of Confederation
HW: Look back through chapter 2 (especially primary sources, charts, other images) for the chapter 2 quiz Friday. Read chapter 3 – we will continue chapter 2 and work on 3 next week.  You will have a short quiz on chapter 3 on 9/21 and your exam over unit 1 will be on 9/28.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 9/10-9/11
I was out ill on Monday and Tuesday – students worked on Articles of Confederation and completed an in class writing prompt regarding Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation.  If you were absent, we will talk Wed/Thur about make-up for this in-class writing.  If you need to reference a copy of the Declaration of Independence – CLICK HERE
HW: Finish chapter 2 – Quiz over the chapter on Friday

THURSDAY/FRIDAY 9/6-9/7
In class, we worked with philosophers, and started work on reading the Declaration of Independence.  
HW: Finish chapter 2.  Finish work on the Declaration annotations by next class.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY 9/4-9/5
In class, we finished the platform discussion and started work on chapter 2 – history and philosophy surrounding the constitution.
HW: Chapter 2 (2.1-2.4 this week) AND finish chapter 2 by next week.  Finish reading prepping your Enlightenment reading by Thursday/Friday.

FRIDAY 8/31
In class, we took the quiz over chapter 1.  Come and see me if you need to make-up this quiz due to being absent.
HW: Read chapter 2 (sections 2.1-2.4)

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY 8/29-8/30
In class, we discussed public policy and political culture – which led to a seminar on party platforms and divisive issues based on research completed in class by students. We also practiced with our first set of data – trends and analysis.
HW: Chapter 1 quiz on Friday.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 8/27-8/28
In class, we started discussing chapter 1.  Before completing chapter 1, students took some political ideology quizzes, so we could map the class.  Take the quizzes in order.  We mapped the last quiz. The quizzes are:
http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/
https://www.politicalcompass.org/test
https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz
After completing some notes, small groups started researching platforms of the major political parties for a brief seminar on Wednesday/Thursday.  Links to party websites can be found HERE  They specifically focused on the approach the party might have with one specific issue the class brainstormed last week.
HW: Finish research for seminar.  Chapter 1 quiz on Friday.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY 8/23-8/24
In class, we discussed purpose behind government and took the quiz over the summer assignment.
HW: Sign up for MyPoliSciLab if you are able.  If not, access the textbook at the top of this page and begin reading chapter 1.  Chapter 1 is due on Monday/Tuesday (I will not check notes on chapter 1).  You will have a quiz on chapter 1 Friday 8/31.

WEDNESDAY 8/22
In class, we had a discussion on the definition of government while comparing to “academic” definitions.
HW: Study summer assignment notes for quiz Thursday/Friday.  Sign up for MyPoliSciLab, and begin reading chapter 1.

TUESDAY 8/21 
In class, we did course introductions, answered some quiz questions, and went over the syllabus for the course.
HW: Study summer assignment notes for quiz Thursday/Friday.  Sign up for MyPoliSciLab, and begin reading chapter 1.