GOVERNMENT & POLITICS-U.S. -Section I

Dan Devitt
dan.devitt@menloschool.org
Daniel Devitt graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1988, receiving a degree in American History with a minor in Political Science. In 1994 he received his MA in Political Science from San Francisco State University. He taught high school in San Francisco for ten years, including seven at Lowell High School, where he taught AP* Government. He currently teaches at Menlo School in Atherton California, where he has taught AP* Government for the past sixteen years. As a College Board faculty consultant, Daniel has conducted numerous AP* teacher workshops and summer institutes, including a workshop at the AP* National Conference. He worked as an AP* Government reader and table leader for nine years and served on the AP* Government Test Development Committee from 2000-2004. He has also consulted extensively with McGraw-Hill regarding test preparation guides, including online resources and assessments for the AP Government redesign. 
2018 Session Outline
Purpose and Approach of the Session:
This session is designed to allow teachers to prepare to teach a semester/year of AP*United States Government while also preparing teachers for the upcoming Government and Politics redesign. Based on the week’s worth of activities, lectures and discussions, all students of the teachers attending the institute should be able to excel on the 2019 AP* US Government and Politics exam. During the session, we will cover all topics and units related to the new national AP* curriculum as well as appropriate lesson plans to make AP* Government “come alive” for high school students. The content covered in class will include: adequate pacing for a semester or year course; effective writing strategies for an AP* course; appropriate reading and visual selections to use in class; and effective projects and presentations that can incorporate technology in the classroom. Participants will also be instructed in how the AP* Government and Politics exam is prepared and scored.
 
Class preparation: Please bring your syllabus/calendar and your current textbook

Agenda: AP Government and Politics Institute

Day One: Monday
 
Morning Session
• Scavenger Hunt (online- with partner)
•  Opening remarks (Using Drive- flash drive backups!)
• Icebreaker example: Find Someone Who Has…..
• Introductions and publisher list­ (sign up)
• Discuss agenda for week
• RESOURCES (Drive)- what’s in it?
• Pass rates 2018 and comparison (discuss)
• Redesign! Big points to focus and what to worry about (and not).  
Stretch break! (Stand Up activity suggestion)
• Equity and Access: What it Means to You (Poll Everywhere example- Discussion)
• Redesign Syllabus – what to change and why
• Recruiting students-AP Gov. Promo clip
• Taking the test? AP Ready? Teaching to the test v. student interest (Discussion)
• Pacing tips- Keys to Success for new redesign
• Taking the Test (multiple choice- new questions)
 
Afternoon Session
• Debrief exam (with veterans and rookies paired)
• Test Corrections- how to use (discussion)
• FRQ advice – Looking at the changes  and types of questions
• Practice: 2018 Version (with groups of 3) – Discuss (strategies to succeed)
• Course redesign activity: groups of 3 (work on curriculum and assessments)  
 
Day Two: Tuesday
   
 Morning Session
• Recap important points from Monday (Tech tips- discuss)
• Course redesign recap (slides)
• Participation Ideas- recap
• Introduction to Unit 1: Intro to Constitutional Democracy
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. Units (Intro to Gov., Constitution and Federalism)
• Schedule for first unit (Pacing tips )
Modeling an activity: INS test (take online) /video clip/scored discussion
• Course redesign work – primary documents (Using Kami)
• Primary Documents and FRQ construction 
• Groups of 3: Constitution and Federalism assessments
• Summer Reading: pros and cons (look at Resources)
• Taking Notes: Cornell video (Drive) and Gov. Club ideas
• Modeling an Activity: Power Grab
 • FRQ practice (partner)- 2018 sample
• Video clips and suggestions
 
Afternoon Session
• Unit 2: Federalism Section
• Near Pod presentation: Federalism
• Objectives of unit- Pyramid and Gov. Units
• Important vocabulary and ideas
• Sharing activities (what works in your classroom?)
• Federalism Digital Lock Game
• FRQ practice (partner)
• Video clips and suggestions
• Mini evaluation (what’s going right? What needs to be improved? )
 
Day Three: Wednesday
  
Morning Session
• Debrief- midweek eval
• Unit 2:  Political Culture and Beliefs (Unit 3 in curriculum guide)
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. unit
• Modeling an activity: Ideology survey
• Google form results and Discussion: Sharing your ideology in the classroom
•Video clips and suggestion 
• Unit 3: Political Participation (Electoral Process: Parties, Interest Groups, Elections Unit 4 in curriculum guide)
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. units
• How to pace this unit
• Possible FRQ topics- as a class
• Project explanation: mock election
 • Video clips and suggestions
 
Afternoon Session
•Unit 4: Interactions among branches (Congress)
•Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. units
•Important vocabulary and ideas
•Modeling an activity: Passing a Bill
•Possible FRQ topics (partner)
•Possible projects: Congress simulation
•Video clips and suggestions
•Planning for your year: Redesign changes to your syllabus    
 
Day Four: Thursday
  
Morning Session
• Revisit: Equity in AP? (philosophical chairs discussion)
• Unit 4a: Interactions among branches (The Presidency)
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. unit
• Important vocabulary and ideas
• Look over Resources
 • Possible FRQ topics
• Possible projects
• Video clips and suggestions
 • FRQ Grading Workshop
• The Reading: What’s it all about and Pros and Cons
 • Distribute rubrics 2018 exam
• Conduct a mock grading session (with partner)  
• Unit 4b: Interactions among branches (The Bureaucracy)
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. unit
• Important vocabulary and ideas
 • Look over Resources
• Possible FRQ topics
• Possible projects
• Video clips and suggestions
 
Afternoon Session
• Unit 4c: Interactions among branches (The Judiciary)
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. unit
• Important vocabulary and ideas
• Look over Resources –SC activity
• Possible FRQ topics
• Possible projects
• Video clips and suggestions  
• Unit 5: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights (Unit 2 in the curriculum)
• Objectives of the unit- Pyramid and Gov. unit
• Important vocabulary and ideas
• Look over Resources –SC activity
• Possible FRQ topics
 • Possible projects
• Video clips and suggestions
• Taking the Test:
• How to review
• Important points to cover
• Look at Kahoot and Socrative
• Review books
•Modeling an activity: Baseball Clue Game  
•Debrief and evaluation