American Government and Politics

Course Description

The course will focus on the development of content for each of the five units of the new re-design as established in the course outline, as well as the use of essential questions, course objectives, learning activities, teaching strategies, and the interplay of multiple resources. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for the AP® examination. An analysis of past AP® examinations will be included, as well as a review of the standards established for grading the annual exams. A major portion of the course is devoted to the development of units for an AP® Government and Politics course by participants including the resources necessary for the implementation of such a course.  Additional instruction will be provided on lesson preparation, block teaching strategies,  and the use of internet based assignments.  The course will provide assistance for those instructors who teach the AP ®US Government and Politics course for one high school semester as well as for an entire year.

Items Participants Should Bring: 

Jump Drive

Course Schedule:

Topics for the week will include the following:

Introduction and Survey of Needs
AP Equity and Access Policy
Course & Exam Description (CED)
Developing a curriculum for specific units
AP Audit and Syllabus Preparation
Fall Registration Deadlines
The Five Units of the Course
The Multiple Choice Portion of the Exam
Personal Progress Check (PPC)
The Free Response Questions
Suggested Resources
Sample Lessons
Sample Homework Assignments
Primary and Secondary Sources
A Guide to Developing Instruction, Lesson Planning, Pacing
Sharing of Best Practices
Post Exam Projects and Assignments


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

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