• AP Government & Politics

    This syllabus will be updated from time to time. Last update: Sep 3, 2-10.
     
    Homework Policy: Complete the written homework by the next class for full credit, or bring it in the following class for 1/2 credit. After this it becomes a zero. You are allowed to drop your lowest homework grade for the quarter. For the first semester, the note-taking guide allows you to take notes for each day and that will be spot-checked from time to time. In the 3rd quarter you may use either the note-taking guide or the test study guide as homework. In the 4th quarter homework is optional.
     
    Retest Policy: You are required to retake or make up any test within 3 weeks of the original test date. The retest will be short answer and the 80%-20% grading policy applies. You are required to bring a signed parental/guardian acknowledgment form with you to retest.
     
    Here are two annual AP Government related contests you can enter to earn scholarship money:
     
    Roots of Liberty Essay Contest
    Deadline - Dec 2019
    500 words (maximum 3250 characters)
    Grand prize - $5000; 2nd place - $3000; 3rd place - $1000
    Here's the link:
     
    JFK Essay in Courage Contest
    Deadline - Jan 2020
    Maximum Word Count 1,000 (minimum 700)
    Grand Prize - $10,000; 2nd place - $3000; 3rd place - $1000
    Here's the link:
     
    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
     
    Or
     
    Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906
     
    Or
     
    Mark Levin, Unfreedom of the Press, 2019
     
    3rd Quarter - completed by Mar 21
    David A. Strauss, "The Common Law Genius of the Warren Court," William and Mary Law Review, 2007 (Liberal point of view)
     
    Or
     
    Robert H. Bork, The Tempting of America (1990) - Chapters 2, 3, 7, 9, 12 (Conservative point of view)
     
    Or
     
    Whittaker Chambers, Witness (1952) - Chapters 1-9
     
    4th Quarter - completed by May 30
    Choose any book (fiction or non-fiction) related to Policy. Here are some suggestions:
    Michael Pillsbury, The Hundred Year Marathon (2015) - Non-fiction
    John Grisham, The Pelican Brief (1992) - Fiction
    David Kirkpatrick, Into the Hands of the Soldiers (2018) - Non-fiction
    William F. Buckley, See You Later, Alligator (1985) - Fiction
    Bill Broder, Red Alert (2015) - Non-fiction
    Tom Clancy, Red Storm Rising (1986) - Fiction
    Mark Levin, Plunder and Deceit (2015) - Non-fiction
    Michael Crichton, Rising Sun (1992) - Fiction
    Gregg Jarrett, The Russia Hoax (2018) - Non-fiction
     
     
    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:
     
     
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  • AP European History

    This syllabus will updated, as needed. Last update: Sep 3, 2019
     
    Homework Policy: Complete the written homework by the next class for full credit, or bring it in the following class for 1/2 credit. After this it becomes a zero. You are allowed to drop your lowest homework grade for the quarter. The note-taking guide allows you to take notes for each day and that will be spot-checked from time to time.
     
    Retest Policy: You are permitted to retake or make up any test within 3 weeks of the original test date. The retest will be short answer and the 80%-20% grading policy applies. You are required to bring a signed parental/guardian acknowledgment form with you to retest. You may rewrite any essay for full credit, but to earn this you must turn in the essay on the day it is due. Otherwise, it is a zero.
     
    Attached is the course syllabus, which includes a schedule of daily lessons and homework assignments.  The Web Resources tab provides link to the College Board and other study sites. See also the AP European History Overview in the Additional Resources section for study tips.  
     
    Extra Credit – students may choose a history of their choice, either written in period (i.e. at the time we are studying) or a history about the period we are studying. This is voluntary and is designed to encourage you to start reading history. It is worth up to 5 bonus points per quarter.  You must write a 1-2 page analysis of 3 key points you found in your reading, and then give a 1-2 minute verbal talk in front of the class on those 3 points.
     
    Listed below are due dates and suggestions (again, these are merely suggestions - you may choose your own with my approval):
     
    1st Qtr – no later than Oct 27: Machiavelli, "The Prince"
    2nd Qtr – no later than Jan 12: Robert Whitaker, "The Mapmaker's Wife"
    3rd Qtr – no later than Mar 21: Barbara Tuchman, "The Guns of August"
    4th Qtr – no later than Jun 1: Alan Bullock, "Hitler: A Study in Tyranny"
     
    For those taking the AP exam, I recommend either purchasing an AP prep book, such as Barron's or Princeton Review, or an online prep course.
     
     
     
     
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  • Honors International Relations

    Here is the course syllabus, which includes a schedule of daily lessons and homework assignments. It will be updated, as determined by events. Last update: Sep 3, 2019

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