Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics
Advanced Placement American Government is designed to give students a
critical perspective on politics and government. This course involves both the
study of general concepts of U.S. government and politics as well as specific
case studies. Units of study include: The Constitutional underpinnings of U.S.
government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups,
mass media, institutions of national government, political policy, and civil rights
and liberties. Students enrolled in AP Government will be encouraged to take the
Advanced Placement Examination on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in hope of
receiving college credit.
1. Notebook (used for AP American Government only).
2. Pencil & blue or black pen. Do not use orange, pink, lime, or any other
funky color ink!
3. I-pods and cell phones are NOT classroom materials! They will be
4. Laptop computers and tablets may be used for AP Government
***Come prepared for class every day!
The most simple rule to remember is: You have the right to learn and I have the
right to teach.
Other rules are:
1. Treat all people and property with respect: Do not write on desks, walls,
bulletin boards, etc. This rule applies not only to the school and
classroom property, but the property of your classmates as well. Students
are expected to cooperate with the teacher’s efforts to provide everyone
with an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.
2. Class Work Time. Time may be given for students to work on
assignments or projects in class. If work time is not being utilized
effectively, students will lose the privilege.
3. Students are expected to bring all needed materials with them to class.
4. Students are expected to be in the room when the bell rings. The school
tardy policy will be followed.
5. Passes. You may use three passes (for use to go to the bathroom, locker,
office, etc.) during the quarter. Use them wisely.
6. Food / Drink. You may have water in a clear plastic bottle. Gum is
allowed as long as it does not end up in the new carpet or underneath
desks. No food, candy, pop, etc. is allowed in the classroom.
Evaluation and Assessment
I will not give you a grade. You will earn a grade.
A 94 – 100%
A- 90 – 93%
B+ 87 – 89%
B 84 -86%
B- 80 – 83%
C 75 – 79%
D 60 – 74%
F 59% and below
** This grading scale has been adopted in all AP social studies courses
You will earn points for:
Tests/Quizzes (35 – 75 points) 70%
Assignments and projects (5-50 points) 30%
All units of study will include terms/vocabulary, essay questions, a multiple
choice practice test, a multiple choice unit test, and an essay test. Other
assignments may include reading quizzes on assigned textbook readings,
papers, and projects.
Timeliness will be essential to your academic success in this class. Assignments
are to be turned in on the date due. Assignments turned in one late will receive
a 20% deduction. Assignments more than one day late will receive no credit.
Please see Mr. Gaudette if you have an extenuating circumstance.
Absences and Make up Work
Students are responsible for obtaining assignments, notes, or other materials
missed, and for handing in assignments upon returning to class.
It is the student’s responsibility to hand in make up work promptly. Work
assigned in advance is due on the date indicated unless prior arrangements have
been made with Mr. Gaudette.
Tests missed due to absence must be made up before the next unit test.
Extra Credit: Individual extra credit is not given. Extra Credit will be made
available to the entire class. Remember: Extra credit is “extra” not “in place of”.
Advanced Placement American Government and Politics
Quarter 1 Calendar
Week Dates Topics
1 9/3 – 9/7 Intro to Government: Political Philosophy
2 9/10- 9/14 Political Culture and Political Ideology
3 9/17-9/21 The Constitution: Failures of the Articles, the
Constitutional Convention, Ratification
4 9/24-9/28 The Constitution: Structure, and Methods of
5 10/1-10/5 Federalism: The Federal System, Federal and State
6 10/8-10/12 Federalism: Dual, Cooperative, and New Federalism
7 10/15-10/19 Voting and Elections: Primary v. Caucus, Election
Process, The Electoral College
8 10/22-10/26 Voting and Elections: Congressional Elections,
Voting Behavior, Reforming the Electoral Process
9 10/29-11/2 The Campaign Process: Structure of a Campaign,
The Media, Campaign Finance
10 11/5-11/9 Bringing it all Together: 2012 Presidential Election
AP U.S. Government and Politics
Academic Year Plan
Content Area % of Chapters
Constitutional Underpinnings of U.S. Government 5-15% 1-3
Theories of Democratic Government
Formulation and adoption of the Constitution
Political Beliefs and Behaviors 10- 11,13
Political Socialization 20%
Political Parties, Interest Groups and Mass Media 10- 12,15,16
Parties: Function, organization, development and 20%
effect on politics
Interest Groups: Types, funding, activities, and
effect on the political process
Media: Function and impact on politics
Campaigns and Elections
Institutions of National Government 35- 7-10
The Congress 45%
The Federal Courts
Public Policy 5-15% 17-19
The Policy Making Process
Budget and Economic Policy
Foreign and Military Policy
Civil Rights and Liberties 5-15% 5-6
Crime and Due Process