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

Instructor Biography: 

The Instructor, Noah Lipman, is a retired trial attorney who has taught at the law school, college and high school level.  From 2004-2018 he was a professor at Monmouth University in the history department, where his courses were cross listed with the political science and business departments.  He was also the CO-AP® Coordinator at Long Branch High School, a Title I urban district school in New Jersey, where he taught AP® American Government and Politics; AP® US History; and AP® Macro Economics.  He created and maintained a dual credit program with Monmouth University for the students in his AP courses.  He has served as a Reader for the annual scoring of the AP® Government and Politics and APUS History exams for the last 12 years. He is one of the original national mentors for the APUS History program and is a trainer of new consultants in the subject of AP Government. In 2010 he was honored by College Board as one of their national teachers of the year.  In 2012 he was named as a finalist at Monmouth University for the Martin Luther King Unsung Hero award. In 2015 he was honored as the winner of the Alfred Sloan award for teaching economics by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). He is a Master Teacher and National Webinar Presenter for CEE. He is a previous member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank’s education advisory committee and the coach for the high school’s Fed Challenge and Euro challenge economic teams as well as their Mock Trial teams. He is a consultant for College Board in the subjects of APUSH and AP Government and has presented workshops across the country in those subjects. In August, 2018 he assumed a new position as a Master Teacher-AP Specialist for the San Antonio Independent School District where he also teaches AP Government, APUS History, and AP Macro Economics.

Noah Lipman