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									                              AP United States Government and Politics
                                Course Guidelines and Expectations
                               http://TeacherWeb.com/VA/Cox/Baumann

I.    Basic Information

      Nationally, the Advanced Placement Program is over 40 years old. The purpose of the AP program is to
      provide an opportunity for high school students to pursue college- level studies while still attending high
      school. The program consists of two components: an AP course and an AP Exam. To complete the
      course, students should take the AP Exam given each May. Tests results are then used to grant course
      credit and/or determine placement level in the subject when you enter college. Students normally receive
      college credit for a score of 3 or higher on the exam. The United States Exam is 145 minutes in length and
      is divided into two sections: Multiple-Choice (50% of your grade) and Free-Response (50% of your
      grade)

      A. Multiple-Choice: This 45-minute section is composed of 60 questions designed to measure your
         understanding of facts, concepts, and theories pertinent to United States government and politics.
         Your ability to analyze and understand data, and the patterns and consequences involved with political
         processes and behaviors will also be tested. In addition you must have knowledge of the various
         institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas relevant to United States Government and politics.

      B. Free-Response: This 100 minute section consists of four mandatory questions, each of which
         accounts for one-fourth of your total free response score. You should allot roughly 25 minutes or one-
         quarter of the total time in the free-response segment-for each essay. Each question normally asks you
         to inter-relate ideas from different content areas from among the topics listed below. In addition, you
         may also be asked to evaluate and define fundamental concepts in the study of U.S. politics, and
         possibly to analyze case studies that bear on political relationships and events in the United States.
         You will be required to demonstrate mastery of political interpretation, and analytic and organizational
         skills through writing. In addition, you may be presented graphs, charts and tables from whose data
         you would be asked to draw conclusions.

      C. WAIVER FROM FINAL EXAM: It is expected that ALL students will take the national College
         Board AP Exam for this course. If a student has a YEAR grade of 83 (B) average or higher by the
         time of the class final, that student will be exempt from having to take the final.

II.   Topics                                                                           % of AP Exam

                 a.   Constitutional Underpinnings of U. S. Government                 5-15%
                 b.   Political Beliefs and Behaviors                                  10-20%
                 c.   Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media               10-20%
                 d.   Institutions of National Government:                             35-45%
                      The Congress, the Presidency, the Bureaucracy,
                      And the Federal Courts
                 e.   Public Policy                                                    5-15%
                 f.   Civil Rights and Civil Liberties                                 5-15%
III.   Basic Requirements for Mr. Baumann’s Class
                1. VBCPS Grading Scale: A=90-100; A- =90-92; B+ =87-89; B=83-86; B- =80-82; C+ =77-79; C=73-76;
                    C- =70-72; D+ =67-69; D=64-66; E=Below 64
                2. Your class grades will be based on the following:
                    Tests……50%; Quizzes & Essays……30%; Homework, class participation etc…20%
                3. You will have three to four tests each nine weeks. These are multiple-choice and one essay question
                    tests using the AP format. Each test will be announced at least one week prior.
                4.             You will have several quizzes each nine weeks. These will be taken from a combination of
                    textbook readings, current political news, and class notes.
                5.             You will be required to keep up with current events. You will be given a free on-line
                    subscription to the Virginian-Pilot.
                6.             You will compose several AP style essays each nine weeks. Some of these will be full essays
                    and some will be an outline of information that would be included in a full essay. Many of these essays
                    will come directly from previous AP Tests.
                7.             If you are absent, you are responsible for EVERYTHING that you missed. Go to my website
                    at http://TeacherWeb.com/VA/Cox/Baumann to get what you missed. If you have an excused absence,
                    you may hand in work when you return to class. If you have an unexcused absence, late work will be
                    accepted, but you will receive a grade lower for each class day late. All missed quizzes and tests MUST
                    be made up within three school days (not three class days). Failure to make up a quiz or a test on time
                    will result in a failure for that quiz or test. You will only be allowed to make up a quiz or a test if you
                    have an excused absence as indicated on our computer attendance program. An “UNV”
                    (unverified) absence on a day a quiz or test is given will result in a grade of “0” (zero) and no
                    make-up quiz/test will be allowed.
                8.             Extra Help: Extra help is always available. Please see me to schedule a time to meet.
                9.             “4 day / 6 day” absences: Per VBCPS policy, a note will be sent home on your 4 th absence
                    from class, excused or unexcused. If you miss MORE than 6 classes, excused or unexcused, you will
                    lose credit and fail the class for that particular semester. More information can be found on the VBCPS
                    website.

IV.    BASIC CLASS RULES
       1.         All rules in the VBCPS Code of Conduct involving dress, attendance, tardiness and behavior will be strictly
       enforced. In addition to any disciplinary actions taken by the administration, students who violate any of the following
       class rules will receive detention. Honor Code will be strictly enforced!
       A. You must be seated in the classroom before the tardy bell. Standing in the hall, outside the door and rushing in the
            room at or after the bell is inappropriate and unacceptable. The door will be locked and remain locked during the
            duration of the block.
       B. You should remain seated until you are dismissed. I am responsible for dismissal of the class and not the bell.
       C. Always come to class prepared. It is imperative that you read all assigned reading BEFORE coming to class.
            There will be Reading Quizzes on all reading assignments. Class Textbook: Government in America, 15th edition
            by Edwards, Wattenberg, and Lineberry.
       D. You are expected to complete all assignments without unauthorized help. All graded assignments must have the
            entire honor pledge and your signature. Any student caught copying another student’s work or receiving
            unauthorized help will receive a zero on such assignment and will be referred to the school’s honor council for
            disciplinary action.
       E. All papers must be endorsed with your name, block, date, and subject, both on the inside-right and on the outside
            center-right after folding lengthwise. Any paper without the proper endorsement will not be graded.
       F. CELL PHONE, iPad, laptop, e-reader, etc: As this is the first year where such devices are allowed in school, and
            policies for the use of such devices are still being formulated, the following guidelines will apply in Mr.
            Baumann’s classroom: While in the classroom, Mr. Baumann has sole discretion in determining when such
            devices are allowed to be seen, open, turned on, heard, used, etc., etc. They will only be allowed to be used with
            Mr. Baumann’s permission. Such permission can be revoked for any reason and at any time.
       G. “Retakes & redos” will be allowed at the discretion of the teacher. Students wishing to retake or redo an
            assignment need to contact me within 3 days of the return of the original assignment to discuss the appropriateness
            of a retake, a plan for remediation, and a schedule for completion. Honor Code offenses are not eligible for
            retakes or redos.
                            AP GOVERNMENT
                          CLASS EXPECTATIONS
                                   Mr. Sid Baumann, Instructor
                                  School phone: 757-648-5250
                           E-mail: sidney.baumann@vbschools.com
                       Webpage: http://TeacherWeb.com/VA/Cox/Baumann


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Mr. Baumann’s AP Government class:

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        Home phone: __________________ Work phone: ____________________
        Cell phone: ____________________ Email: _________________________

CELL PHONE, iPad, laptop, e-reader, etc: As this is the first year where such devices are allowed in
school, and policies for the use of such devices are still being formulated, the following guidelines will
apply in Mr. Baumann’s classroom: While in the classroom, Mr. Baumann has sole discretion in
determining when such devices are allowed to be seen, open, turned on, heard, used, etc., etc. They will
only be allowed to be used with Mr. Baumann’s permission. Such permission can be revoked for any
reason and at any time. Please initial below that you agree to abide by the above policy.

Student:___________________;               Parent/Guardian:_______________________

								
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