Government & Politics ‐ US

AP Summer Institutes at Woodward Academy

June 5‐8

The workshop will introduce the scope and sequence of the AP US Government and Politics course. It will involve discussion of the more important conceptual material contained in the course including independent application of these concepts. The format will include lecture, discussion, analysis of sample textbooks, and supplemental readings, use of technology and websites, and audio-visual materials. Another purpose is to give participants hands-on materials, and ideas that can be taken back to the classroom. Participants will be encouraged to work on and complete lesson plans and consider alternate forms of student assessment.

About

Daily Schedule

Monday
  • Introductions & Housekeeping
  • Materials for Class - books, magazines, newspapers, websites, videos
  • AP Central
  • AP Audit
  • Access and Equity
  • The Course & Exam
  • How to Start? Basic Vocabulary
    • Government
    • Democracy
    • Representative Democracy
    • Liberal Democracy
    • Elite Theory - Political Elites
    • Pluralism/Pluralist Theory
  • Constitutional Underpinnings
    • Articles vs. Constitution
    • Separation of Powers
    • Checks and Balances
    • Bicameralism
  • Political Cultures - Characteristics of American Democracy
Tuesday
  • Legitimacy
    • Definition
    • Sources of
    • Importance of
  • Federalism
    • Constitutional Basis
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Delegated/Reserved/Concurrent Powers
    • Role of Court
    • US: Current issues - marijuana laws, Roe vs. Wade, Marriage, Environment, Guns
  • Policy-making
    • Who are players?
      • Institutional vs. Outside of Government
      • Iron Triangle - Issue Networks
    • Accountability
    • Congressional Oversight Power
  • Presidential Systems vs. Parliamentary Systems
    • Characteristics
    • How Differ?
  • Bureaucracy
    • Need for ...
    • Importance of
    • Discretionary Power - Quasi Powers
Wednesday
  • Congress/Legislature
    • Committee System
    • Bill Process
    • Gerrymandering
    • Apportionment
    • Reapportionment
    • Redistricting
  • Linkage Agents - How are each a Linkage Agent?
    • Media
    • Political Parties
    • Interest Groups
    • Media
      • Role in Democracy
      • Types of ...
  • Political Parties vs. Interest Groups
    • Definition
    • Role in Democracy
    • Goal
    • Role of Minor Parties: 1992 & 2000 elections
  • Elections
    • Role in Democracy
    • Electoral College - Like It? Hate it? We still have it! Why?
    • Primary elections vs. General elections
    • Presidential vs. Congressional Elections/Campaigns
    • Plurality vs. Majority
    • First-Pass-The-Post
    • Single Member District
    • Polarization
    • Divided Government
    • Campaign Financing (Recent Court decisions: Citizens United & McCutcheon)
Thursday
  • Judiciary
    • Role in Democracy
    • US Judiciary Vocabulary - Very Important!
    • Broad vs. Strict Interpretation
    • Judicial review
    • Marshall Court & Warren Court
    • Judicial Federalism
    • Court Process
    • Activism vs. Restraint
    • 14th Amendment - Selective Incorporation
    • What Cases?
  • Alternative Assessments
  • How to use former exams
  • How to use the Rubric - 2016 & 2017 Exams
  • Share Ideas

July 17‐20

This summer institute is designed specially with the Advanced Placement (AP) Government teacher in mind, whether their first year or fifteenth year. The focus is getting an AP Government program started at your school or making it better. The intent is to help your students prepare for the AP Government test administered each May but also to integrate law-related education materials in your classroom which naturally fit in an AP Government class. The institute will be conducted in a seminar method where participants will share ideas in regards starting/making their AP Government program better.

About

Daily Schedule

Monday
Morning Afternoon
  • Introductions
  • Wants and needs
  • Textbook committees
  • Discuss individual projects
  • Allow for textbook committees
  • Discussion on e-textbooks
Tuesday
Morning Afternoon
  • Textbook committee reports
  • Go over College Board packets
  • Discuss class setup/test takers/objectives
  • Syllabus writing
  • Allow time for work on simulation / syllabus / computers
Wednesday
Morning Afternoon
  • AP Test Preparation, Multiple Choice
  • Test strategies
  • Use of readers and current events in the class room
  • Use of technology in AP Government
  • Constitutional town hall meeting simulation
Thursday
Morning Afternoon
  • AP Test Preparation, Free Response Questions-FRQs
  • Test strategies
  • Participants input on classroom strategies
  • Evaluations
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