Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Ms. Stedman

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Course Overview:

Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics is the study of the structure and functions of the federal government as well as the study of the groups which influence and affect the policy making process.  As this is a college level course, students must be self-motivated, self-directed learners who are willing to complete substantial research, reading and writing outside of the classroom environment.

Course Pedagogy:

The course will utilize both direct teaching and Socratic Method pedagogical techniques.  Students will complete a study guide for each chapter of the Wilson text and will take chapter quizzes.  Students will participate in regular analysis of current events, and through oral presentations, connect these events to the units of study. Students will also engage in data analysis activities as they relate to each unit.  Each unit of study will culminate in a unit test consisting of 33 multiple choice questions and a free response question(s) drawn from former AP exams.  Additionally, students will write thematic research papers and that correspond to individual units of study.

Course Textbooks:

Moran, Margaret C., and W. Frances Holder. Master AP U.S. Government & Politics. 2nd ed. Lawrenceville: Peterson's, 2007.

Wilson, James Q. American Government. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.

Course Supplemental Textbooks:

Serow, Ann G and Everett C. Ladd. ed. The Lanahan Readings in the American Polity. Baltimore: Lanahan Publishers, Inc., 2007.

Woll, Peter. ed. American Government:  Readings and Cases. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008.

The course progression will follow this timeline:


Unit 1:  Constitutional Underpinnings
~ 11 days


  • Describe the philosophies of Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Voltaire
  • • Analyze the factors that influenced the development of the nation’s government
    • Explain the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
    • Explain the goals of the Federalists
    • Explain the fears of the Antifederalists
    • Explain separation of powers and analyze the ways in which the branches of government check and balance each other
    • Define federalism; analyze the ways in which power is shared between the national and state governments
    • Analyze the influence of the federal government on state government through dual, cooperative, creative, and fiscal federalism
    • Describe other forms of democratic governments

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    • 1: Politics and Democracy Vocab Only: Daniel

    2:  The Constitution 8/23
    Vocab: Daniel
    Online Quizzes:  Are just that - a quiz.
    Online quizzes are to be completed independently; no notes, texts, or other materials may be used while taking the quiz.  This applies to ALL online quizzes we will take this year.  The school's honor code is in force!

    Chapter 2 Reading Quiz:  This quiz has 33 questions and must be completed in 20 minutes. It is due on 8/25 at 8am.

    Amendments Practice Game

    Amendments Quiz:
    3:  Federalism 9/5
    Vocab: Sam
    Chapter 3 Quiz:   This quiz has 26 questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. It is due on Thursday, 9/7 at 8am.
    Unit 1 Test

    News Journals

    Lanahan Readings:
    • “Federalist 10,” James Madison
    • “Federalist 51,” James Madison
    • “American Federalism,” Daniel Elazar

    Woll Readings:
    • “Second Treatise, of Civil Government,” John Locke
    • “Federalist 16 and 17,” Alexander Hamilton
    • “The AntiFederalist Papers No. 17”
    • “Speech Before the House of Representatives in 1789 Proposing
    Amendments Add a Bill of Right to the Constitution,” James Madison

    Unit 2: Political Beliefs and Behaviors
    ~ 11 days

    • Analyze the ways in which Americans become knowledgeable of the political system and develop their own political beliefs
    • Describe effective public opinion polling models and explain the impact and influence of polling on political opinion and participation
    • Identify and explain the demographic factors that cause people to differ from other citizens in terms of their political beliefs and behaviors
    • Analyze the ways in which Americans engage in political participation and how that participation influences our political systems
    • Identify and explain why certain citizens do not engage in political participation

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    • 4:  American Political Culture 9/25
    Vocab: Sam
    Chapter 4 Reading Quiz: 
    This quiz contains 10 questions and must be completed in 6 minutes. It is due on Sept. 27 at 8am.
    • 7:  Political Opinion 9/28
    Vocab: Charlie
    Chapter 7 Reading Quiz:  This quiz has 21 questions and should be completed in no more than 13 minutes. It is due on Oct. 3rd at 8am.
    • 8:  Political Participation 10/4
    Vocab: Addison
    Chapter 8 Reading Quiz:   The following quiz has 14 questions. You have 8 minutes to complete it. It is due 10/10.
    News Journals

    Lanahan Readings:
    • “Public Opinion and American Democracy,” V.O. Key, Jr.
    • “Where Have All the Voters Gone,” Martin Wattenberg
    • “Why Americans Still Don’t Vote,” Frances Fox Piven / Richard Cloward
    • “Democratic Practice and Democratic Theory,” Bernard R. Berelson, Paul F. Lazarsfeld and William N. McPhee

    Political Ideology Quiz
    • Presidential Candidate Media Analysis Research
    • Polling analysis websites:  Gallup Poll, Rasmussen Reports, Real Clear Politics
    • Voting rates in Georgia compared to the nation data analysis:  http://www.civicyouth.org/Map.htmv

    Unit 3:  Political Parties, Interest Groups & Mass Media
    ~ 12 days

    • Explain the history and evolution of the party system
    • Describe the structure of the major political parties
    • Outline the processes for electing Presidents and members of Congress
    • Explain the purpose of caucuses, primaries and national conventions
    • Describe the role and impact of Third Party Candidates on elections
    • Identify the major sources of campaign funding; describe the current laws regulating funding and explain why many have advocated election funding reform
    • Explain the role of PACs in elections
    • Explain the purpose of interest groups and how they formulate and carry out their political agendas; explain the impact of interest groups on the political process
    • Describe the role of the political elite with regard to the democratic process
    • Analyze the impact of media on the political process

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    9:   Political Parties
    Vocab: Jordan
    Chapter 9 Quiz:  This quiz contains 17 questions and should be completed in 10 minutes. The quiz is due on Monday, Oct. 23 at 8am.
    •10:  Elections and Campaigns 10/24
    Vocab: Jordan
    Chapter 10 Quiz:  The following quiz has 21 questions and must be completed in 13 minutes. It is due on 10/26 at 8am.
    11: Interest Groups
    Vocab: Teci
    Chapter 11 Quiz:  This quiz has 13 questions and must be completed in 7 minutes. It is due on Wed. 11/1 at 8am.
    12:   The Media 11/2
    Vocab: Teci
    Chapter 12 Quiz:  The following quiz has 17 questions and much be completed in 10 minutes. It is due on Nov. 6 at 8:00am.
    Unit 3 Test
    News Journals


    Lanahan Readings:
    • “Party Government,” E.E. Schattschneider
    • “The Semi-sovereign People,” E.E. Schattschneider
    • “Who Will Tell the People,” William Greider
    • “Dirty Politics,” Kathleen Hall Jamieson
    • “Going Negative,” Stephen Ansolabehere / Shanto Iyengar
    • “Red Over Blue,” James Ceaser / Andrew Busch

    Woll Readings:
    • “Toward a Responsible Party System?”, Arthur Paulson
    • Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976)
    • “The Responsible Electorate,” V.O. Key, Jr.
    • “The Governmental Process,” David B. Truman
    • “Interest Groups and the American Political System,” Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox

    • Presidential Candidate Media Analysis Paper
    • Campaign Funding Data Analysis: http://opensecrets.org/basics/law/index.asp; http://opensecrets.org/pres08/index.asp?cycle=2008


    Unit 4:  The Congress
    ~ 15 days

    • Describe the intent of the Constitutional Framers in creating the Congress
    • Explain the unique powers held by each house
    • Explain the process through which a bill becomes a law
    • Analyze the structure of the Congress and the impact of parties on the creation and passage of legislation
    • Identify the factors that influence Congressional members and their decision making
    • Analyze the calls for ethics reform in Congress

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    • 13:  The Congress:  Part 1 & Part II Vocab:
    Part I:Sarah
    Part II: David
    Chapter 13 Part I Quiz:  This quiz has 14 questions and must be completed in 8 minutes. It is due on 11/30 at 8am.
    Chapter 13 Part II Quiz:  This quiz has 17 questions and must be completed in 10 minutes. It is due on 12/7 at 8am.
    Detailed Congressional Process Video

    Midterm Review Study Guide
    Midterm Review Test:  Use this quiz to practice your knowledge for the midterm. You may take this quiz as many times as you choose; your best grade counts! Due on
    News Journals

    Lanaham Readings:
    • “Stalemate,” Sarah Binder
    • “The ‘60 Vote Senate’,” Barbara Sinclair
    • “In Praise of Pork,” John Ellwood /  Eric Patashnik
    • “The Congressional Experience,” David Price

    Woll Readings:
    • “If, as Ralph Nader Says, Congress is ‘The Broken Branch,’ How Come We Love Our Congressmen So Much?”, Richard F. Fenno, Jr.
    • “Congress:  The Electoral Connection,” David Mayhew

    • Analysis of Earmarks:  http://www.earmarks.omb.gov/appropriations_home.html


    Unit 5:  The Presidency & the Bureaucracy
    ~ 17 days

    • Describe the intent of the Constitutional Framers in creating the Presidency
    • Analyze the powers held by and the responsibilities of the President
    • Analyze the structure of the office of the Presidency
    • Explain the legislative agenda setting responsibilities of the President
    • Explain the purpose of the bureaucracy
    • Describes the oversight of the bureaucracy

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    • 14:  The Presidency 1/11
    Vocab: Becca
    Chapter 14 Quiz: The is quiz contains 20 questions and must be completed in 12 minutes. it is due on Jan 15 at 8am.
    • 15:  The Bureaucracy 1/22
    Vocab: Becca
    Chapter 15 Quiz:  This quiz contains 16 questions and should be completed within 10 minutes. It is due on 1/24 at 8am.
    News Journals due on

    Lanaham Readings:
    • “Divided We Govern,” David R. Mayhew
    • “Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents,” Richard Neustadt
    • “The Imperial Presidency,” Arthur Schlesinger
    • “The Rise of the Plebiscitary Presidency,” Craig Rimmerman
    • “With the Stroke of a Pen,” Kenneth Mayer
    • “A Government of Strangers,” Hugh Heclo
    • “In the Web of Politics,” Joel Aberbach / Bert Rockman

    Woll Readings:
    • “Federalist 70,” Alexander Hamilton
    • “The Presidential Character,” James David Barber
    • “Presidential Powers in Times of Emergency,” John W. Dean
    • “Constitutional Democracy and Bureaucratic Power,” Peter Woll

    • “In the News” current events analysis and oral presentations
    • War Powers Act Research Paper

    Unit 6:  Public Policy
    ~ 11 days

    • Explain the ways in which issues become part of the political agenda
    • Analyze the factors that influence policy making
    • Explain the inter-connected roles of the President, Bureaucracy, and Congress in creating, enacting, and overseeing public policy
    o Analyze the role of interest groups in the formation of public policy
    • Describe four different categories of policies:  economic policy, social welfare policy, foreign and military policy, and environmental policy and analyze the challenges associated with creating these different policies

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    • The Policy-Making Process (handout from an early text edition)


    Policy Quiz:   This quiz has 12 questions and must be completed in 7 minutes. It is due on 2/14 at 8am.
    • 17:  Domestic Policy Vocab: Sarah

    • 18: Economic Policy
    Vocab: Emma

    • 19:  Foreign and Military Policy Vocab: Emma

    FRQ Test

    Lanaham Readings:
    • “The Other America,” Michael Harrington
    • “Free to Choose,” Milton Friedman

    • Public Policy Analysis Projects / Presentations
    • Data Analysis: http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html


    Unit 7:  The Judiciary
    ~ 12 days

    • Describe the intent of the Constitutional Framers in creating the Judiciary
    • Define judicial review and describe the development of the federal court system
    • Analyze the structure and jurisdiction of the federal courts
    • Describe the process through which the Supreme Court hears cases

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    16:  The Judiciary
    • Court Cases Worksheet
      • 3/20:  Federalism & Judiciary Cases

      • 3/26:  Incorporation & Freedom of Religion Cases

      • 4/3:  Freedom of Speech and Press, Freedom of Assembly & Petition Cases

      • 4/9:  Due Process, Equal Protection (both minorities and women), Right to Die Cases

      • 4/16:  Elections and Media, Congress, and Presidency Cases

    Vocab: Helen
    Ch. 16 Reading Quiz: The following questions has 30 questions and should be completed in 18 minutes. It is due on Thursday, 3/8 at 8am.

    Lanaham Readings:
    • “Pursuits of Justice,” David Yalof

    Woll Readings:
    • “Federalist 78,” Alexander Hamilton
    • Marbury v. Madison
    • “Judicial Self-Restraint,” John P. Roche

    Unit 7:  Civil Rights & Liberties
    ~ 11 days

    • Explain the relationship of the Bill of Rights to the concept of majority rule and give examples of the tension between majority rule and minority rights
    • Explain how the Court operates in most due process cases
    • Explain the distinction between “protected” and “unprotected” speech; describe the test used by the Court to decide the circumstances under which freedom of expression may be qualified
    • Describe how the Supreme Court has used the Fourteenth Amendment to expand coverage in the federal system; explain changing conceptions of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
    • Summarize the legal struggles of African Americans to secure rights under the Fourteenth Amendment
    • Describe the differences between the African American civil rights movement and the women’s movements

    Wilson Chapters:
    Due Dates
    Online Quizzes
    • 5:  Civil Liberties
    Vocab: Addison
    Ch 5 Quiz:  The following quiz contains 30 questions and should be completed in 18 minutes. It is due on 3/22 at 8am.
    • 6:  Civil Rights 4/10
    Ch. 6 Quiz:  The following quiz contains 14 questions. You will have 8 minutes to complete the quiz. It is due on 4/12 at 8am.
    Unit 7 Test (Ch. 16, 5 & 6)

    AP Review Quiz

    AP Review Quiz:
    This AP Gov't practice test contains 40 questions to be completed in a 23 minute time limit.  You may take this quiz as many times as you wish; best grade counts.  It is due Friday at 6pm.  Good luck!

    Lanaham Readings:
    • “Rights Talk,” Mary Ann Glendon
    • “Excerpt from Gideon’s Trumpet,” Anthony Lewis
    • Gideon v. Wainwright
    • Miranda v. Arizona

    Woll Readings:
    • New York Times Co. v. Sullivan
    • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) and 347 U.S. 294 (1955)
    • The Right to Privacy, Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis
    • Griswold v. Connecticut
    • University of California Board of Regents v. Baake