AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Unit 1: Political Theory and Culture

8/17 - 9/2

UNIT 1 CONTENT MASTERY MAP 

VOCABULARY:

POWER
LEGITIMACY
AUTHORITY
POLITICS
NATION
GOVERNMENT
CONSTITUTION
SOCIAL CONTRACT

DEMOCRACY
REPUBLIC
OLIGARCHY
-aristocracy
AUTOCRACY
-monarchy
IDEOLOGY

SOCIALISM
CAPITALISM

POLITICAL CULTURE
LIBERAL
CONSERVATIVE
LIBERTARIAN
STATIST (POPULIST)

SOCIALIZATION
CIVIC DUTY
CIVIC COMPETENCE
POLITICAL EFFICACY

WEEK 1
8/17 - 8/
19

LESSON

IN CLASS

HOMEWORK

WEDNESDAY
Lesson 1

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are our expectations?

o    Written

o    Presentation

Homework:  Acquire Government by the People, 15th edition by Wilson.

(In the meantime, please feel free to use the 11th Edition posted here)

THURSDAY
Lesson 2

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are a Community's Goals?

  • LOST

 

Activity: You have been shipwrecked on a tropical island. Hoarding and hostility are rampant, illness is spreading, and the natives may be hostile. There is some hope of survival and rescue, but it will take effort and cooperation. You and your group must discuss the possibility of organizing to meet the needs of the greater good. What tasks need to be accomplished? Who will do them? What rules will you set up, and how will you enforce them? Will there be punishments? If so, what? Who will be your leader(s)? How will they be chosen? What powers will they have?



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FRIDAY
Lesson 3

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are the essential Tasks of a Government?

  • Discuss Essential Questions and Work on Poster
  •                                          

    Socrative Syllabus Quiz: Room #239536
Bring laptop and phone for Monday!

WEEK 2


8/22 - 8/26

LESSON

IN CLASS

HOMEWORK

MONDAY
Lesson 4
College Counseling Naviance Training with Ms. Marcus Read:  Wilson 15th, Chapter 1 pp. 2-12

TUESDAY
Lesson 5

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is a Social Contract, and why is it important?

  • LOST Presentations
  • LOST Ratification and Debrief

Discuss:  Why do you believe a government is necessary? What do your documents have in common? What is the difference between rights and responsibilities?  How would you describe the type of government have you instituted? The type of economic system? What might be different methods of categorizing systems of government?

 Flip Assignment: Quick Notes Unit 1, Part 1

WEDNESDAY
Lesson 6

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are the main tasks of a government? How can we categorize different systems of government?

  • Aristotle
  • Types of Government Systems
  • The Tasks of Government

o    Watch Schoolhouse Rock: The Preamble

Assignment: Watch Schoolhouse Rock: The Preamble. List the tasks of government identified in the song.  Are these tasks universal or specific to the United States?

Quick Notes: Unit 1, Part 1

Read: Excerpts from Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Smith

THURSDAY
Lesson 7

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are the Philosophical Foundations of American Political Culture?

Rotating Round Table Discussion: In groups, read the excerpt from your assigned philosopher, and OUTLINE his ideas and conclusions for presentation and discussion. You will be responsible for presenting your philosopher in a round table discussion with individual members from the other groups (FNC).

Flip Assignment: Quick Notes Unit 1, Part 2

FRIDAY
Lesson 8

 ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are YOUR political beliefs?

Assignment: Where would Hobbes be placed on the Spectrum? Locke? Smith? Montesquieu? Rousseau?   How about YOURSELF?

Discuss: Take the World’s Shortest Political Quiz online. Did your results match where you thought you were on the Political Spectrum? Why or why not?


Quick Notes:
Unit 1, Part 2

Read:  Wilson 15th, Chapter 4, pp. 76-93

WEEK 3
8/29 - 9/2

LESSON

IN CLASS

HOMEWORK

MONDAY
Lesson 9

 ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is American Political Culture?

  • Duty, Competence, and Efficacy

Assignment: The Political Spectrum and the Declaration of Independence.

In pairs, read and discuss the placement of the political philosophers on the political spectrum from anarcy to dictatorship. Then read and discuss the excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, outline the document and list four fundamental beliefs that can be found either explicitly or implicitly in the document.  Where would the author of the Declaration be placed on the political spectrum? How do these beliefs conflict? How does this document reflect the views of most Americans then? Today? What does this document imply about American Political Culture? 

Read:  Wilson 15th, Chapter 7, pp. 164-169

Flip Assignment: Quick Notes Unit 1, Part 3

 

TUESDAY
Lesson 10

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Where does American Political Culture come from?

  • Liberals and Conservatives in the United States
  • Political Socialization

Quiknotes: Lecture on fundamental common aspects of American political culture and their consequences. Graph Analysis of polling on citizen's attitudes toward political participation, anticipated effects, and overall familiarity with politics.

Socrative Quiz: QuickNotes 1.2 (FC) Room #239536

Read:  Wilson 15th, Chapter 7, pp. 152-163

Flip Assignment: Quick Notes Unit 1, Part 4

WEDNESDAY
Lesson 11

 ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How does demographics affect American Political Ideology?

  • Demographic Determinants

Carousel Exercise: Students will create an anticipatory chart of their expectations of demographic determinants of political views in the United States.  They will then move around the room in groups analyzing the posted graphs and tables showing actual polling data relating political ideology to gender, region, class, education, ethnicity, and age, Groups will analyze and discuss the poll data, read other groups comments, and then post their own rationale for the outcome.

 

Socrative Quiz: QuickNotes 1.3 (FC) Room #239536

Read:  Reading for the Rubric

THURSDAY

Lesson 12

 Review for Unit 1 Assessment

 

Exercise: Students review online practice questions, and will take a 10-minute practice essay. The class will then formulate a comprehensive rubric on the board using the Correct-Complete-Connect format. Students will exchange essays, and score them using highlighters to show where points were earned. Ambiguous answers will be discussed in individual conferences.

Review Unit 1: Use online chapter notes, GRQs, and Textbook site practice section quizzes.

ALL UNIT 1 FORMATIVE REASSESSMENTS ARE DUE; NO MORE REASSESSMENTS FROM UNIT 1 WILL BE ACCEPTED.

FRIDAY
Lesson 13

 Unit 1 Summative Assessment (SA)

This test will consist of a summative section consisting of 45 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each to becompleted in 35 minutes, and one formative 10 minute FRQ from the material and concepts in Unit 1.

Time will be called at the completion of the multiple choice section and that section will be collected; you will be expected to move on to the essay when time is called.

The test will be counted out of 50 points.

Bring:  Pencil for Unit 2 test

WEEK 4
9/5 - 9/9

LESSON

IN CLASS

HOMEWORK

MONDAY NO SCHOOL!
TUESDAY
Lesson 14

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How do you write an effective AP American Government DBQ?

  • Debrief Unit 1 Test
  • Revise AP Essay

Activity:  In groups, go over each question on the multiple choice section of the test. Using the review packet, discuss the different alternatives in order to determine the correct answer. The key will be reviewed at the end of class.

Assignment: Read for the Rubric, then review the comments on your first test essay.  Reorganize your ideas and conclusions with the intent of receiving full credit under the COMPLETE-CORRECT-CONNECT guidelines. Rewrite your essays in TURNITIN; this will be due by Monday, September 12.

Read:  Wilson 15th, Chapter 2 pp. 21-31

Flip Assignment: Quick Notes Unit 2 Part 1