This syllabus will be updated from time to time. Last update: Aug 17, 2020.
Homework Policy: Due to the Erie School Board vote to require virtual classrooms, the homework policy is an expectation that you will keep up with the reading and the notes. Feel free to ask me questions about anything in the notes or note-taking guide; however, I will not be grading your written responses.
Tests: Due to the Erie School Board vote to require virtual classrooms, tests will be open-book, open note. For short-answer tests, the wording must be your own. In other words, copying sentences ver batim out of the book or notes is not acceptable, and you are neither to give nor receive assistance from another student.
Attached is the course syllabus, which includes a schedule of daily lessons and homework assignments. The AP curriculum framework and other materials are located in the additional resources tab, and the web resources tab has additional links.
Extra credit - students may choose to read the following books for 5 bonus points. Write a 1-2 page reflection on three things you learned (3 pts), and volunteer to make a short presentation for other students to summarize those points (2 pts).
1st Quarter - completed by Oct 25
Catherine Drinker Bown, Miracle at Philadelphia, 1966 (Selected Chapters)
2nd Quarter - completed by Jan 10
William L. Riordon, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, 1963
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906
Mark Levin, Unfreedom of the Press, 2019
3rd Quarter - completed by Mar 21
Shelby Steele, Shame (2015)
David A. Strauss, "The Common Law Genius of the Warren Court," William and Mary Law Review, 2007 (Liberal point of view)
Robert H. Bork, The Tempting of America (1990) - Chapters 2, 3, 7, 9, 12 (Conservative point of view)
Whittaker Chambers, Witness (1952) - Chapters 1-9
4th Quarter - completed by May 30
Mr. Lasher, A Federalist Manifesto (2020)
I encourage you to watch the following animation on why education, and particularly on government, is important in a democracy:
Ever wonder what your political affiliation might be? Take this Pew Research quiz and find out:
Or this site gives you a more detailed analysis:
This link shows the rise of partisanship in Congress over the past half-century. We will examine this in November:
Check out this congressional testimony on Google's ability to manipulate elections:
And this one on Google censorship of candidates: