2012 AP syllabus Revised by linzhengnd


									                     AP US Government and Politics 2011-2012 School year
                        Course Syllabus, Procedures, and Expectations
               Mrs. Voncia Barno Monchais, Room 285, vebarno@dadeschools.net


       Class lecture, note-taking, and CLASS WEBSITE
   Lectures for each of the chapters covered in the class text will be provided through teacher-led power
   point presentations. Students will be required to take notes from the teacher’s lecture. Students can
   access the student version of power points before each class on the class website
   http://www.classjump.com/barnosapgovernment/ so students should print out the power point and
   bring to class (important definitions and information will be filled out during class lecture). Students
   may get basic outlines of the reading and lectures at the textbook’s website,
   http://politicalscience.college.hmco.com/students. This outline may be brought to class and added to
   with the teacher’s lecture, and can be used as a study guide. Students are expected to keep a neat
   notebook specifically for government notes.

       Class Participation and discussion
   Class discussion is an essential element in this course and will be vital to succeed. The course will be
   run like a college recitation course, in which students will participate in daily discussions of reading
   assignments, lecture, AP questions, essay writing, exams, and current events. Students must read
   assigned material in order to be well prepared for academic discussion. Participation may be in the
   form of asking questions, group work, presentations, or commentary. Students will receive a
   participation grade at the end of each nine weeks.

       Reading Assignments
   With an enormous amount of material to cover and a limited time, students will be required to read a
   significant amount outside of class in order to be prepared to participate in class and to be
   knowledgeable of information not covered in lecture. Readings will come from the class textbook
   American Government Institutions and Policies, 9th Edition and selected articles from The Lanahan
   Readings in the American Polity, Fifth Edition. Your reading will often be assessed through Primetime
   Focus reading quizzes, so take notes and/or outline the chapter so they can be used on the primetime.
   Students may also be given reading questions to answer during the assigned reading to be turned in as
   a homework assignment.
        Class Website - http://www.classjump.com/barnosapgovernment/
   The above link is the AP US Government website set up specifically for my AP classes. This website
   will be regularly updated with important upcoming dates for the class (including homework
   assignments, essay topics, project due dates, quiz dates, test dates), student versions of power points
   (which need to be printed and you will use it to fill in the vital missing information during class
   lecture), key terms lists (which you will use to complete your note cards), review sheets, project
   guidelines and rubrics, and supplemental resources. You will need to check this website very regularly
   as it will be constantly updated, and you are responsible for knowing all the important dates,
   information, and documents needed on the website.
        Primetime Focus
   Randomly at the beginning of class, students will begin work immediately on “Primetime Focus.” This
   Primetime Focus may be in the form of questions, statement, quotation, or a visual that tests the reading
   assignment from the previous night’s homework or directs students to the subject of that day’s new
   material. Students will often be able to use their handwritten notes that they have taken from reading
   the chapter on the prime time, so you are encouraged to take notes/ outline while reading your
   textbook. One purpose of the Primetime Focus is to get students focused on the material that will be
   discussed or reviewing the material that was already covered. This is an in class response to a prompt
   that allows you to develop and organize your ideas, develop your opinions and support them with
   facts, and practice analysis skills – or it may be one oral question that you either receive an A or an F
   for; the format will constantly change. Another purpose of the “Primetime Focus” assignment is to
   ensure that you complete your homework reading assignments, as you will likely be unable to pass the
   Primetime without having read (unless you are an expert BSer ;)!
   Home Learning
Students should expect home learning assignments every class period. Homework may come in the
form of reading assignments, review sheets, key terms note cards, writing prompts, mini-projects,
research, getting current event news, or short answer/discussion questions that students need to be
prepared to discuss in the next class meeting.

    Quizzes, Exams and Make-ups
For every topic/ chapter, there will be a vocabulary/ key terms quiz (worth 3 grades), AP essays (worth
2 grades each), and an AP style exam (worth 5 grades). Practice tests that resemble the AP exam format
will also be given regularly to prepare for the spring test. Tests will take the form of multiple choice
questions, short answer responses, vocabulary/key terms and essay writing. The questions are taken
from past actual AP exams, so that you are preparing all year round for the AP exam in May. Oral or
written pop quizzes will be given randomly from the reading, so it is vital to keep up with homework
reading assignments. Often, students will have an opportunity to improve poor test grades on
Thursday after school (tentative) by finding the correct answer and writing an explanation for the
correct answer for all questions missed (using notes and book).
    Vocabulary/ Key Terms
For every new topic and chapter, a list of terms (which can range between 30-50) will be given that are
to be completed by every student using the Frayer’s Model, consisting of the term’s definition,
characteristics (historical context, relation to other terms, etc.), and examples. Every student will write
the key terms on note cards that will be turned in on the day of the test, and will keep the vocabulary
terms in a note card organizer.

    Essay Writing
Using past AP essays, students will write Free Response Questions (essays) every week based on the
topic we are studying to prepare for the spring exam. These will be worth 2 grades each.
    Make-up Work/ Absences
Only students that have an excused absence will receive a grade for work missed, so you need to bring
an admit in with your completed work, or your work will not be accepted. For excused absences,
students are expected to turn in homework that was collected in their absence, complete missed
assignments, and turn in by the next class period. Students are responsible for checking the class
website, which will have a running record of everything we complete in class. Absent students are still
responsible for the lecture that was missed, so they must copy class notes from a classmate. Students
with unexcused absences will receive a zero on any assignment missed.
  A lot of material is covered in each class period, so DO NOT miss class or you will fall behind.
     Current Events
It is important to learn the theories and facts of government through the textbook, but equally
important is to learn about political current events through the media. Students will be expected to
periodically watch the news (ex. CNN Headline News) and/or read the newspaper/ political magazines
(Time/ Newsweek) outside of class. Students do not need to buy a subscription, but can read political
material in the library and on the internet. Every student will be responsible for presenting current
events once a nine weeks to the class (students will sign up for the day they are responsible for
presenting), and this will count as a quiz grade. Class discussion will sometimes focus on current event
issues so students need to come prepared. Students will also be required to turn in current event
analysis periodically.

     Tutoring/ Test Make ups
If a student misses an exam, quiz or essay and has an excused absence only, make up days will be
Wednesday after school and Thursday during lunch, unless further notice is given or other
arrangements are made. Extra tutoring will be offered after school per student request. On most exams,
students (regardless of grade received) will have the opportunity to come in after school to correct all
of the incorrect answers using the textbook and class notes to bump up your score one letter grade.

    Cellular Phones
The use of cellular phones is strictly prohibited at school and in my classroom at ALL times. First
offense will result in the teacher keeping the phone for the class period. Second offense will result in the
teacher keeping the cell phone until the end of the day. Third+ offense will result in the teacher turning
in the cell phone to the office, at which point only your parent may pick up the device. If you are caught
with a cell phone during a quiz, test, or essay, you will be assumed to be cheating and receive a zero.
         Progress Reports- Interim reports are given out by Coral Reef mid way through each nine weeks
          quarter. Students who are receiving a “D” or below in Government will be required to return the
          progress report with a parent signature.

        Formatting Work
     Every paper that is turned in should be headed with the following info in the upper right hand corner:
     First and last name, Date, Block Period
     *In the middle of the top line of your notebook paper, write the title of the assignment.
     Students who turn in assignments without a name will receive a zero.

         Daily Materials
          -College ruled loose leaf paper
          -1 notebook for Government class lecture notes (or binder with paper)
          -blue or black pen
          - pencil REQUIRED for regular exams
          -large index cards for key terms and vocabulary
          -ziploc bags or rubber band to turn in vocabulary note cards weekly
          -printed student version of the power point found on the class website
          -small file container for vocabulary note card storage (optional)
          -folder for important handouts and notes (does not have to be exclusively for Government)
          -class textbook

Following is the grade break down for each assignment in class:
Exams: 5 grades
Vocabulary Quizzes: 3 grades
Vocabulary Note cards: 3 grades
AP Essays: 2 grades
Current event presentation: 2 grades
Homework and Reading Questions: 1 grade
Primetime Focus and Oral Quizzes: 1 grade
The district grade letter equivalents are as follows:
90-100% A
80-89.9% B
70-79.9% C
60-69.9% D
59.9% or below F

   1) Respect: Students are expected to treat each other and the teacher with the utmost respect. This
      classroom should be a comfortable setting for students to feel welcome and appreciated by the
      teacher and each other. Back talking, cursing, criticizing, saying “shut up” or having a negative
      attitude will not be tolerated. Students should have an open mind and respect each other’s
   2) 100% Effort: Every student is expected to participate fully and give every ounce of effort at every
      class meeting and with every assignment.
   3) On task: Students will be on task at all times, whether it is listening to the teacher lecture, during
      class discussion, or in a small group setting. Students should not discuss material not related to
      government during class time. Every student should pay attention at all times. Sleeping or putting
      your head on desk is unacceptable.
   4) Be present and on time: Students should be in their desks beginning work on the Primetime Focus
      when the tardy bell rings, otherwise you are considered late. First tardy is a verbal warning, second
      is a note home, third is a 30 minute detention, and fourth is a referral the administration. Work
      missed from unexcused absences will not be accepted. Excessive absences will result in a lower
      grade and possible no credit for the course.
   5) Be prepared: Students are expected to have their daily materials at every class period and come to
      class with their homework completed and ready for the day.
   6) Cheating: Cheating will not be tolerated at any time. If you are caught cheating, your parents will
      be contacted and you may be reported to the administration.

CONSEQUENCES will follow if a student fails to comply with any of the rules. Consequences may come
in the form of a warning, teacher/student conference, removal from class, parent contact, detention, grade
penalty, or referral.
Tentative Course Overview with Chapters and Activities (Scope and Sequence):
Controversial Issues in American politics Mini-Debates
“America is…” Survey
Chapter 1: Theories of Government
        Current event on the “Who Rules?” theories
Chapter 2: Constitution
        New Constitutional Convention project
        Federalist Papers Research
Chapter 3: Federalism
        Controversial federal-state conflicts mini-project
        Marijuana Legalization and Same Sex Marriage Controversy
Chapter 11 – Congress
        Bill proposal project
Chapter 7and 9 – Political Parties and Interest Groups
        Political Party Research Project – Artistic Presentation
        Researching Interest Group Project
Chapter 8 – Elections and Campaigns and Media
        2012 Campaign Project (creating commercials and images)
        Public Service Campaign
Chapter 4-6 – American Political Culture, Public Opinion, Ideology, and Political Participation
        Student Created Polling project
        Book vs. Real World statistics project
Chapter 12 and 13– The Presidency and Bureaucracy
        Imperial Presidency Project: Evaluating the President’s power
        Presidential Biography Research
Chapter 14 – The Judiciary
        Mock Supreme Court
        Important cases Research Assignment
Chapter 18: Civil Liberties
        Amendments Project
        Case studies
Chapter 19: Civil Rights
        Socio-political Research and Debates
        Black history project
Chapter 15 and 16 Public Policy and Economic Policy
        National Budget Project
Curriculum Outline (AP College Board)
This is an academically challenging college level course that provides an in-depth analysis of the founding, institutions,
operations, groups, beliefs, processes and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. In preparation of the AP
exam in May, the course will cover the following topics over the course of the semester:
     I. Constitutional Underpinnings of Unites States Government
               A. Historical considerations that influenced the formulation of the Constitution
               B. Separation of powers, Checks and balances, Federalism
               C. Theories of democratic government, pluralism, elitism, republican government
     II. Political Beliefs and Political Behaviors
               A. Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders
               B. Processes by which citizens learn about politics
               C. The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion
               D. The ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life
               E. Issues that influence differing citizens’ political beliefs and behaviors
     III. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media
               A. Political Parties and elections (functions, organization, development, and effects)
               B. Interest groups and Political Action Committees (activities, range, and effects)
               C. Mass media (functions, impacts on politics, and consequences of the news industry)
     IV. Political Institutions of the National Government: The Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and the
          Federal Courts
               A. Formal and informal institutional arrangements of power
               B. Relationships and balances of power among these four institutions
               C. Linkages between the branches of government and public opinion, interest groups, political parties,
                    the media, and state/ local governments
     V. Public Policy
               A. Formation of policy agendas by political and non-political actors
               B. Role of various institutions in the enactment of policy
               C. The role of the bureaucracy and courts in policy implementation and interpretation
               D. Linkages between policymaking and political institutions, federalism, political parties, interest
                    groups, public opinion, and elections
     VI. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
               A. Development of civil rights and liberties by judicial interpretation; impact of the 14th Amendment
U.S. Government and Politics AP 2011-2012 School Year
Mrs. Voncia Barno Monchais

I, _________________________(student’s name) have read and understand Mrs. Barno Monchais’
class expectations and procedures. I agree to meet those expectations and follow those
procedures, and I understand the consequences if I do not abide by these rules.

______________________________________________(student signature)

To help my child be successful in Government class this year, I have read and discussed Mrs.
Barno Monchais’ class expectations and procedures with __________________________(student’s
name). I will do all I can to help him/her meet those expectations and follow those procedures.

_____________________________________________(parent signature) ___________________(date)

_____________________________________________(parent’s printed name)

Dear Parents,
I look forward to working with your child this year in Government class. I would also like to
keep the lines of communication open with you if anything arises regarding your child. If you
would like to keep up with what we are doing in class, please refer to the regularly updated class
website that contains all of the upcoming assignments, topics covered in class, quiz/ test/ essay
dates, and homework due dates (http://www.classjump.com/barnosapgovernment/). I have also found
that e-mail is an effective, quick way of communicating with parents. If you have an e-mail
address that you would like for me to use in order to facilitate communication, please write it on
the line below. If you have any questions of concerns, you may e-mail me at
vebarno@dadeschools.net. I look forward to a successful and productive year with your child!

Mrs. Voncia Barno Monchais

____________________________________________________________(parent’s name and e-mail)

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