U.S. Government & Politics AGENDA 2021
At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:
• Design and implement an AP U.S. Government and Politics course.
• Develop a familiarity with the components and content of the Course and Exam Description (CED) binder.
• Develop a curriculum, including activities and assessments, for the units/topics of the course in order to build students’ proficiencies in the disciplinary practices and reasoning processes.
• Implement strategies to prepare students for the AP Exam.
• Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
• Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.
• Utilize AP Classroom
• Interpret data within the Instructional Planning Report
• Introductory Activity
• Equity and Access
• Introduction to Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development
• The Practice of Political Science: Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Processes
• The Redesigned 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
• Overview of AP Classroom
• Using Personal Progress Checks (PPCs)
• Using the Progress Dashboard
• Using the Question Bank (Including Practice Exams)
• Resources in AP Classroom
• The National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution
• Other Resources from the National Constitution Center
• Street Law Resources
• AP Central 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
• Using SCOTUS Case Summaries
Developing Unit Guides
• Introduction to Planning and Developing Unit Guides
• Planning and Developing Curriculum for Selected Units
The AP Exam
• Preparing Students for the Multiple-Choice and Free Response Questions
• Connect and Apply Concepts
• Analyzing Quantitative Data
• Analyzing and Comparing Supreme Court Cases
• Writing an Argument Essay Like a Political Scientist
• Scoring the Exam
Unit Guides Presentations
• Sharing of Completed Unit Guides
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