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GENESEE ACADEMY SOCIAL SCIENCE

AP GOVERNMENT

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AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SYLLABUS

COURSE PLAN

Schedule

This course is offered as a one year course set in a block schedule where students are in five 90 minute class periods within a two week period. Currently, the class meets every Tuesday and Thursday and every second Friday.



Objective

This course will give students the opportunity to study government and politics in the United States. This study will include both general concepts as well as specific examples. The students will gain an analytic perspective, the understanding of beliefs and institutions, and the ability to use of theoretical perspectives.



Texts

Wilson, James Q., John J. Dilulio, Jr., Meena Bose, and Matthew Levendusky. American Government, Institutions & Politics, The Essentials, 15th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2017.

Cigler, Allan J., and Burdett A. Loomis. American Politics, Classic and Contemporary Readings, 7th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Graded Assessments

Daily Free Response Questions (Do Now)

Weekly Vocabulary Quizzes Containing 10 Multiple Choice Questions (Tuesdays)

Bi-weekly Tests Containing 10 Free Response Questions (Fridays)

Written Responses to the Cigler Readings (Thursdays)

Written Video Reviews

Written Responses to Primary Documents

Written Analyses of Current Political Events

First and Second Semester Mid-Term and Final Exams

 
 
 
 
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