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AP Intro to Government

Intro to Government

Greenup County High School Lesson Plan

SUBJECT AP US GOVT DATE(S) LESSON TAUGHT: 3 WEEKS

August 11, 18, 25

TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO US GOVERNMENT

STANDARDS: AP: I. Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government

The study of modern politics in the United States requires students to examine the kind of government Established by the Constitution, paying particular attention to federalism, the separation of powers, and checks and balances.

LEARNING TARGETS:

I CAN describe why government matters, and apply this to my daily life

I CAN define political power, and evaluate the distribution of political power

I CAN describe democracy, including direct and representative, and differentiating them.

I CAN identify four essential features of a state and four purposes of government

I CAN identify major types of government

I CAN describe democracy (concepts, direct, representative, republic)

I CAN describe and analyze various economic theories operating in our world

I CAN describe the origins of American government, evaluating our English political heritage

I CAN describe the background of our Constitution, analyzing its structure and major principles.

I CAN describe Federalism, and differentiate federal and state powers

I CAN explain nullification, and the application of "states' rights" to political debate/discussion

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES:

August 11-15

M: Intro to Gov’t: Theories & Purposes – CLASS ACTIVITY/ Free Response WRITING: Purpose of Government

T: Intro: Types of Gov’t / Characteristics of Democracy – CLASS ACTIVITY/WRITING: Is democracy the best form of government? Why or why not?

W: Intro: Economic Theories – Video analysis: Economic Systems – CLASS ACTIVITY: A comparison of capitalism and communism

TH: Origins of American Government: English Political Heritage / Colonial Governments – CLASS ACTIVITY: Introduction to the Federalist Papers

F: Origins: Articles of Confederation / Constitutional Convention – Video Analysis, CONSTITUTION

August 18-22

M: Origins: Basic Principles of the Constitution – Bill of Rights – CLASS ACTIVITY: Examination of these rights

T: Who Governs? Political Power / Representative Democracy – CLASS ACTIVITY: Chapter Focus Questions (partner activity) – Video Clip analysis, “Who runs the government?”

W: Theories of Government: Majoritarianism / Elitism – CLASS ACTIVITY: FDR and “Economic Bill of Rights” (video & interactive questions)

TH: Federalism: Unitary, Federal, Confederal – Video, “Cram for the Exam” – CLASS ACTIVITY: AP study questions, Federalism

F: Federalism: Dual, Cooperative – CLASS ACTIVITY: Primary Source Reading

August 25-29

M: Federalism: Historic Examples & Applications – CLASS ACTIVITY: “States’ Rights” video analysis

T: Federalism: Court Rulings & Application – CLASS ACTIVITY: Landmark Supreme Court case investigation, questions & analysis

W: Federalism: Establishing National Supremacy – CLASS ACTIVITY: Primary source reading about “states’ rights” (a continuing conflict in national politics)

TH: AP EXAM

F: AP EXAM with free response questions

ASSESSMENTS:

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS: daily learning launch – class discussion – individual and partner questions and activities – video analysis – free response writing practice

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS: UNIT EXAM

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