• AP US Government


    Please enroll in the AP US Government google classroom with code: kmllpsb. 

    Our exam date is still Monday morning, May 4, 2020. 


    Course Forms:

    -Spring 2020 Syllabus  2020 syllabus  

    -Service contract (due Friday, April 3, 2020) contract  

    -Service Hours log (due Mon June 15, 2020) service log  

    -suggestions for government-related service options and ideas   

    -Meeting Sheet (due 6/15/20**) meeting sheet 

    **If you have not completed your meeting as of 3/13, you do NOT have to complete one by 4/3--this requirement is waived.  If you completed your meeting for quarter 3 early--you will get extra credit. 



    Tues Jan 28


    -Review syllabus

    -Pew Research political typologies Pew Typology quiz


    Thurs Jan 30

    Foundations of American Democracy--Unit 1

    -What makes a good government?  What are the roles of government?

    -What were the principles of the founders regarding government.

    -Analysis of the Declaration of Independence



    compelte handout on the Articles of Confederation (guided reading--College Board guide) 

    Mon Feb 3

     Articles of Confederation

    -What issues arose in the first government?

    -Will the new government be more or less democratic? 

    (what principles will be priorities in the revision?)

    -Constitution--locate main principles with handout /guide  6 Ideas in Constitution

    Prepare for debates--using the CONSTITUTION as your resource....


    Wed Feb 5

     6 Principles in Consitution

    -debates on 6 ideas in Constitution 

    Prepare for new debates using your constitutions and outside resources/evidence-positions as assigned next class... You MUST come prepared/ready to go.  

    1. The idea: Limited Government
    Question: To what extent should the federal government be involved in economic/health insurance issues?

    • Position A: The federal government has the authority to require health insurance, require states to offer health insurance, and to offer it through the government (Obamacare).
    • Position B: The federal government should not be involved in providing health insurance or the insurance industry. (Obamacare is unconstitutional)

    2. The idea: Republicanism

    1. Question: What should be the role of citizens in creating environmental policy?
    • Position A: Most of the population supports tougher environmental regulations on greenhouse gasses and other environmental issues. Laws should be passed to reflect this popular opinion.
    • Position B: Environmental policy, should be regulated by knowledgeable scientists and lawmakers, not an emotion an emotional public.

     3. The idea: Checks and Balances

    1. Question: Should Merrick Garland have been confirmed as justice to the Supreme Court?
    • Position A: No, Senators have a right to independently decide whether or not to confirm or discuss confirming a judge nominated by the president.
    • Position B: Yes; the president nominated him and his candidacy should have been considered with deferment given to the president’s judgement.

     4. The idea: Federalism

    1. Question: How should power be divided between the federal government and the states?
    • Position A: The Federal government should enforce their national laws and policies, passed for the good of the people, to prosecute those who use and deal marijuana.
    • Position B: The states (Colorado) should be able to pass laws regulating and legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
    1. The idea: Separation of Powers
      Question: Once Congress declares war and the President assumes the role of Commander-in-Chief who decides how the war ends?
      • Position A: Congress has never declared war on Afghanistan. The US has had troops there since 2001.  Congress has the authority to bring troops home and end the mission.
      • Position B: As Commander in Chief, the president alone should be able to determine when the US mission in Afghanistan is over.

     6.  The idea: Popular Sovereignty

            Question: Should a ballot initiative be allowed to override existing laws on a specific issue?

    Position A: Yes, DC should be able to hold its initiative to decriminalize “magic mushroom” and other psychedelic use.

    Position B: No, popular votes should not be allowed to override existing laws and regulations passed by the government.


    Fri Feb 7

     6 Principles applied to modern issues


    -Discussion of impeachment trial

    -Introduction to Federalism....


    No homework

    Thurs Feb 13


    Federalism and Anti-Federalism

    Discussion of impeachment trial (continued)

    Enumerated, reserved and concurrent powers

    What is federalism? compared to anti-federalism? (who gets what powers?  how do they feel about that?)

    Read/annotate document packet in groups... federalist debate documents

    Jigsaw--what are the MAIN worries of the Anti-Federalists?  MAIN concerns of the Federalists?

    Ways Federalism is debated today.... (notes) 


     Study the Bill of Rights (First 10 Amendments).  Know them.  Be ready for a quiz on them:-) 

    Wed Feb 19

     Bill of Rights

    What did you think about concerns of the anti-federalists today? (homework)

    Bill of Rights--was it necessary? 

    Bill of Rights--analysis



     Study amendments 11-27--be ready for a matching quiz


    Fri Feb 21

    Constitutional Amendments & Federalism 

    How has the Constitution become more just?

    How has the power of the federal government evolved?


    State v Federal government

    -Concurrent, Enumerated and reserved powers



    Prepare for debates on Federalism: 

    1. Real ID/NY licenses as TSA ID 

    2. Sanctuary Cities

    3. Abortion Rights

    4. Gender and bathrooms

    5. Gay marriage

    6. Minimum wage

    Each group must complete the following tasks:

    -research this current issue.  be prepared to tell the class a little bit about the context, what current lawsuits or enforcement conflicts exist

    -use you current issue research AND your constitutions to prepare two arguements (half of your group must argue for state authority and control over the issue, and half your group must argue for federal authority and control over the issue)

    Tues Feb 25





     Electoral college readings--read and be ready to discuss, propose potential reforms, and evaluate the likelihood of change.  Electoral College Readings

    Thurs Feb 27

     Electoral College


     Online self assessment/quiz on unit 1

    Mon Mar 2


    Interactions among Branches of Government--Unit 2 

    Legislative Branch notes How Congress Works



    Write FRQ response about legislative committees Committees homework (use chapter 11 of your textbook) 

    Wed Mar 4

     Legislative Branch 

    notes on video


     (Sub plans not distributed--postponed) 

    Fri Mar 6

     Legislative Branch

    -completed How Congress Works notes

     Budgeting FRQ  budget frq

    Tues Mar 10

    Executive Branch Presidential Powers Notes

     Presidential Signing Statements homework

    Thurs Mar 12

    Bureaucracy Bureaucracy notes

     Bureaucracy FRQ  

    (I changed this FRQ from the one I showed you in class to make it more current events focused--let me know what you think) 

    March 16-27

    Snow Days and Spring Break


    Mon Mar 30

    Please enroll in google classroom for this and future assignments!

    Expansion of Presidential Power --please read Federalist Paper 78 and Brutus 15 and answer the questions (should be in your AP Classroom course resources)

    How has changing media changed the nature of government communication and power? Khan academy summary video

    Make sure you understand the basics of communication's impact Khan academy review sheet




    Wed April 1

     Judicial Branch


    Fri April 3

     Court Cases to know 

    -Marbury v Madison (1803)

    -Baker v Carr (1962)

    -Shaw v Reno (1993)

     Quiz on Unit 2 in AP Classroom

    Tues April 7

     Civil Liberties and Civil Rights -Unit 3 

    Transgender human rights and legislation



    Thurs April 9


    Mon Apr 13

     American Political Ideologies and Beliefs--Unit 4  

    Wed Apr 15




    Fri Apr 17



    Tues Apr 21


    Thurs Apr 23

      Political Participation--Unit 5  

    Mon Apr 27


    Wed Apr 29


    Fri May 1


    May 4-15

    AP Test weeks--  

    May 18-June 15

    Research Paper

    Possible Field Trip...




Last Modified on March 30, 2020