U.S. Government & Politics AGENDA 2024
At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:
• Design, plan and implement an AP U.S. Government and Politics course.
• Develop familiarity with the components and content of the Course and Exam Description (CED) and make connections to the Curricular Requirements.
• Develop a curriculum, including activities and assessments, for all units, topics and skills included in the course.
• Implement various instructional strategies and tools to teach the content and skills in the Course and Exam description and to prepare students for the AP exam.
• Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
• Make equitable access and attention to diversity and inclusion a guiding principle in designing instruction.
• Develop familiarity with and utilize all the resources included in AP Classroom.
• Leverage the data in AP Classroom and interpret data within the Instructional
Planning Report to identify student strengths and weaknesses and reflect on
implications for instruction.
• Introductory Activity
• Diversity & Inclusion and Equity & Access
• Introduction to Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development
• The Practice of Political Science: Development of Skills
• The Exam Format
The Course and Exam Description (CED)
• Course and Exam Description Binder
- Understanding the AP US Government Course
- Understanding the Unit Guides
- Spiraling and Scaffolding
• Applied Learning: The Political Science Research or Applied Civics Project
AP Classroom & AP Daily
• Using the AP Classroom Resources
-Topic Questions and Progress Checks
-Question Bank (Including Practice Exams)
-Interpreting Student Data
• The National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution
• Other Resources from the National Constitution Center
• Street Law Resources
• AP Central Resources and the AP Teacher Community
• Selection of Texts and Other Resources
Strategies and Pedagogical Tools
• Tour of Instructional Approaches
• Reading and Analyzing Required Documents
• Analyzing and interpreting Visuals
• Connecting and Applying Concepts
• Analyzing Quantitative Data
• Analyzing and Comparing Supreme Court Cases
• Writing an Argument Essay Like a Political Scientist
Developing Unit Guides
• Introduction to Planning and Developing Unit Guides
• Planning and Developing Curriculum and Lessons for Selected Units
The AP Exam
• Preparing Students for the Multiple-Choice and Free Response Questions
• Scoring the Exam
Unit Guides Presentations
• Participant Sharing Session of Unit Guides and Lessons for Units 1 – 5
Assess and Reflect
• Reflecting on Implications to Inform Future Instruction: Using the IPR (Instructional Planning Report) to identify student strengths and weaknesses.
• Final Questions
• Evaluations and Closure