Welcome to AP U.S. Government with Ms. M. Lynde.

Please note the calendar events. All class supplemental materials are found below the calendar.
3/5/10 Please Note: I will no longer offer the retake option for a test/FRQ in a grading period.

Current Unit - Mock Court

Procedures and rubric
Legal terms

Supreme Court Nominations

Class wiki page on Kagan nominations
Student directions for assignment
Student reflection assignment

4/20The Supreme Court case NPR http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126058636

*students should make sure they have a packet of standard index cards. We will be reviewing close to 80 court cases and flashcards are expected - list of court cases to be covered in class Tues April 13-Thur April 15
Another good court case list- 37 of the really important ones

Amendments and right to privacy

The long but important ppt that covers 1st - 8th Amendments
The long but important ppt that covers 9-14th Amendments and the important concept of selective incorporation
More on selective incorporation

I have created a review page - make sure to use it often! AP Government Review Page

April 15th- worksheet on amendments and liberties due April 16

Student Created Public Policy Wikipages - Project due April 20th. Project format and rubric included and
Link is also found on the side bar tab Other Great Wikis.

Review of Congress, Executive, Bureaucracy, and Judiciary

CHP 16: The Federal Judiciary

April 1: powerpoint- IMPORTANT TO LEARN- how precedent is set and changed. MAKE NOTE ON NOTECARDS- Due end of class or Apr 2
Video to be used Wed. March 31st. Answer the worksheet due Apr 1
link to videos- oyez site- scroll down - in the middle- look for Supreme Court videos.
part 1

part 2
part 3

Rehnquist readings due 4/12 answer questions

CHP 15: The Bureaucracy

Fri Mar 26
Test - FRQ
Homework: access chp 16 study guide

Thur Mar 25
work on assigned bureaucracy scenario (no presentation required)

Wed Mar 24
more notes in class
Homework: examine the bureaucratic response to Toyota recalls - answer questions PLEASE TURN IN PAPER COPY

Tues March 23
opening reading
Describe the rationale that leads to detailed regulation and mountains of paperwork and the extensive review process
*notes given in class
Homework is to complete the worksheet
Access the basic What You Should Know About Bureaucracy prompts

Continue to work on study guide for chp 15

CHP 14: Congress, the Presidency, and the Budget

Mon March 15
powerpoint in class - check out last slides in particular
budget for dummies review sheet

Tues March 16
in class Fed Budget allocation activity on http://www.centeroncongress.org/learn_about/launcher.htm and for homework complete Budget Walkthrough worksheet

Wed March 17
Homework due
Walk through budget information- 2 booklets, tax code info and worksheet and , , , and again (because it is important)

Powerpoint used in class discussion

Thur Mar 18
HW is to create a detailed T chart or illustration of the budget process from the Congressional side and from the Executive side
Thur Mar 18 or Fri Mar 19 intro project on public policy - due April 15th. and the rubric
Access study guide for chp 15 on the Bureaucracy

Monday Mar 22
we will watch to discuss PBS Frontline show Ten Trillion and Counting http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tentrillion/view/?utm_campaign=viewpage&utm_medium=grid&utm_source=grid
homework is to grade a peer's FRQ on budgeting

Chp 13 Presidency

REVIEW NOTES (a little outdated and cobbled from many sources but use as you see fit)

Wed 3/10 Classwork: examining Presidential powers of war as found in the Constitution and its reflection in the War Powers Resolution Act.

What to do? discuss with a partner the Constitutional provisions regarding the power to declare war and the war provisions of the War Powers Resolution Act of 1973.
You should be able to:
1) identify provisions in the Constitution outlining war powers of the Executive and Congress
2) examine and analyze an act of Congress; specifically the War Powers Resolution of 1973
3) support your theories using constitutional evidence

Articles I and II of the Constitution
War Powers Resolution
By the end of class you and your partner are to:
Link to VoiceThread where students are to defend, with evidentiary support, their opinions on the following issues:
o Does this Act of Congress supersede the Constitution’s power of the Congress as the only branch with the authority to declare war?
o Does the War Powers Resolution sufficiently limit the President in entering military forces into hostilities? Does it expand them?
o Encompassed in the Constitution there is a clear separation of powers doctrine, does this act violate such a doctrine?

The VoiceThread

Homework: Reading Summary: Ex Secretaries Suggest New War Powers Policy

Tues 3/9 Classwork Article on Vice President : A Different Understanding with the President

Classwork: examination of perception of presidential power
Taft and Roosevelt quotes
Article on former President Bush
Homework: editorial response to answer the following:
1) Do you agree or disagree with Taft's and Roosevelt's opinions of presidential power?
2) Did former President Bush misuse his power according to the article?
3) Has the president's perception of his power grown or decreased over time?

Mon 3/8 Homework Reading on Kennedy and Missile Crisis to consider decision making process in executive office

Fri 3/5 Homework Cabinet lesson

Thur 3/4 study guide/mini project prompts - due Thur 3/4

Thur 3/4 Homework - go to www.articleii.org and review 5 video intros. Provide a summary.

Wed 3/3 Note: was to be homework but due to time constraints this assignment was deleted. Still it is worth your time to review - summary reading on doctrine of Incorporation and the 2nd Amendment - 2 articles to reference
1) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803985.html?sid%3DST2010022804153
2) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803764.html

Tues 3/2 Presidential diaries- used Tue 3/2


Study guide

Demographics Data and worksheet on Congress

Websites for class use:
General how bill becomes a law at http://www.votesmart.org/resource_govt101_02.php
Excellent resources and e-learning modules at http://congress.indiana.edu/
We will use the E-learning Activities for students as follows
E-learning modules - Day in the Life of a Congressman
E-learning modules- Deciding How to Vote in Congress
E-learning modules - A Representative Back Home
E-learning modules- Individuals Who Make a Difference
Homework is E-learning modules. Dynamic Legislative Process How bill becomes a law- messy reality

Gregory Koger explaining the filibuster function - can be found at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122945445
or can be listened to here

NOTES IN CLASS 2/22 - USE TO STUDY BY FOR QUIZ 3 to be given tomorrow 2/23. Also focus on E-learning module the messy reality of how a bill becomes a law

Homework the Lanahan reading on 60 votes

UPDATE FEB 23 - forget the redistricting game as it doesn't work!!!!!!!!!!! Skim the articles instead for sense of all redistricting problems
Redistricting game is found at http://www.redistrictinggame.org/

Homework further readings on redistricting
1) http://congress.indiana.edu/radio_commentaries/we_urgently_need_redistricting_reform.php
2) Redistricting Reconsidered

Feb 24th: Discussion of gerrymandering and pork/earmarks in Congress.
The article on the Highway Bill is found here
Our investigation into earmark spending is here http://earmarks.omb.gov/
The PowerPoint used in class discussion 2/24


UPDATED information provided Thurs. Feb 11th

The Chapter 11 Study Guide

Webquest site is located at http://mr-shulman.wikispaces.com/Interest+Group+Scavenger+Hunt

FRIDAY FEB. 5TH CLASS DISCUSSION (homework link directly below this discussion box) Event will begin at 9:45

The Need to Know Interest Groups Worksheet
Reading Lobbying Under the Democrats

THE ASSIGNMENT FOR MONDAY FEB. 8TH. Please read all information. Due date remains as posted on calendar.

Activity: Interest Group Debate Instructions, Rubric, Forms

Worksheet on Interest Group that each student must complete

Assigned Groupings and Congresspersons (to which you might appeal)
Presentation Testimony Decision sheet for use by Senators and Representative
Interest group data and websites for research

*Extra work/credit for those chosen to be senators or representatives in the presentations

Iron Triangle worksheets

Additional PowerPoint Notes

Baker v Carr established that reapportionment was a justifiable issue for the court (no longer a political issue to avoid) and the "one person one vote" principle that legislative districts in states should be relatively equal

Reynolds v Sims was a follow up to Baker that actually held the Alabama state legislative districts unconstitutionally violated the principle

Westberry v Saunders then applied that principle to Congressional districts

courtesy of Mark Oglesby. Howell (MI) HS


Review Powerpoint
Top ten landmark cases
Review sheet terms to know (some we have not covered yet but they won't be on the midterm)


Study guide for chapter 10
Data on Voting Behavior for analysis , , ,

Webquest on Electoral College
Blog prompt the blog itself can be found at the following Class Blog

Electoral College short pros and cons

Summary Reading: Professor Sabato on the Electoral College and Constitutional Changes

Class submissions to answer FRQ on electoral college (Jan 19) and and and and and

The grading rubric for this exercise as used in class (Jan 20) is


Study guide for chp. 9

VISIT OUR CLASS WIKIPAGE (it will explain a lot!) on the Nomination and Campaign Process.

Coattail Effect (Dec 14)
Presidential Campaign Spending (Dec 14)

Campaign and Finance Reform (Jan 4)

Graphic organizer on campaign funds, where it goes, how much (Jan 4)
PACS Elections and Financing (Jan 5)

Campaign Centered Elections and The Killer Question (Jan 7) and the readings to accompany it: , , and

527s worksheet (Jan 7)

Political consultants reading (it is long) (Jan 8) ,,,,,,,

Our class VoiceThread discussion on the political campaign and nomination process (Jan. 11) can be found at the following link http://voicethread.com/share/833574/ The instructions are found in the following document.

PowerPoint Notes


Chp. 8 political parities study guide - issued for your own benefit as we will begin this as soon as classes resume after the holiday break.

The presentation used in class:

Third parties powerpoint notes

third party web article found at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,446152,00.html


The following worksheets, assignments, powerpoints, and study guides will be used in this unit.

Study guide for chapter 7 on the Mass Media

Examination of Who Owns What and Media Bias
http://projects.publicintegrity.org/telecom/default.aspx and http://www.cjr.org/resources/index.php and http://www.corporations.org/media/ and http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/biased-item/nyt-bestsellers-receive-uneven-coverage-from-networks/ and a great graphic on the big ten http://www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html

Examination of political advertising/campaigns using the PBS series The Living Room Candidate

Gotta Knows and essential question

Lecture presentations -*NOTE-pay attention as I have clarified and updated this presentation on Monday 11/23/09


The text version of Powerpoint notes downloadable here as well as embedded.

Study guide broken into 3 parts and and

Your Political Roots


November 9
complete the civil liberties today work
HW begin reading chp 6. complete pt 1 of chp 6 study guide

November 4
Reflection piece offered as 15 points extra credit on the election project in place of the How I Would Vote component in that assignment. Due tomorrow Nov. 5th.

November 2
Test grade directions -due end of class Monday Nov. 9th. Comparing civil rights legislation to a more current issue.

study guide for chp 4 and 5
class information given 10-16-09 on 1st Amendment and Establishment Clause.
downloadable version...

Blogging summary and analysis CAFF worksheet

PowerPoint used for chp. 4

October 26 Monday handout in class on chp 4 review

October 29th Thursday - beginning of Chp 5 Civil Rights. Review guide
Civil Rights Narrative is due Monday Nov 2nd


Wednesday Sept 30th

review Bill of Rights activity in class http://www.texaslre.org/BOR/billofrights.html
HW: look up court cases in this brief worksheet on 1st Amendment rights

Thursday Oct 1st

Summary Reading given Friday 10/2 Osborne 5 pages

Monday Oct 5
General Notes used on this chapter in two different versions

Tuesday Oct 6
Politics of Federal Grants used 10/06

Wednesday Oct 7

What is federalism worksheet used 10/07
Readings on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) HW on 10/07

Thursday Oct 8

Court Commerce Clause on 10/8

Friday Oct 9
Federalism States? Readings for HW on 10/9
Federalism and health care debate for HW on 10/9

Tuesday Oct 13
review all notes
introduce FRQ and how to write


Our Seminar on Factions, the Federalist Papers, and George Washington's Farewell Address


Constitution Packet
Discussion summary of Beard, Roche, Hofstadter

Liberty v Order prediction of Federalist v. Antifederalist worksheet

Constitution Study Chart

Constitution Convention Activity

State and Local Information Web quest

Va Election Project Due Oct 30th and

Study guide that covers both Chp 1, 2, and 3 and

For Tues Sept 29th....

Blog response: What Would the Founding Fathers Say? http://godwineagles.org/lyndeapgovt/
Reading Review questions on chp 2

Free Response Question due Sept 29


Brief Review PowerPoint of Constitution

Weaknesses of Articles of Confederation

Class PowerPoint notes on 4 items bringing about Constitutional Convention

Unit II PowerPoint covering chapters

Motivations of the Framers Beard, Roche, Hofstadter

The modern interpretation of the Constitutional Debate can be found at http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/empire.asx

Sept 14-Sept 18, 2009
Monday Sept 14
It has been noted the summary example requires citation which students are unable to do on the first assigned reading (Prisoner's Dilemma.) Students will be excused from that particular aspect of the summary as issue was my mistake in edit. In the future if citation is possible it will be expected. I am sorry for any confusion this may have caused.
Class review of AP test 1989
Discussion begins with Chp 2 - 4 causes of Constitutional Convention.
Exit ticket: could something similar to Shay's Rebellion happen today?
Homework: test chp 1 tomorrow

Tuesday Sept 15
laptop distribution
test chp 1
discussion of chaos of 1780s and the ultimate game strategist
Homework: none but first of connections assignment is due this coming Friday Sept 18th

Wednesday Sept 16
introduction of Virgina State Election project Due October 30th - Early Bird points for turn in Oct 27-29
class time to examine various state and local offices
Homework: none in particular but connections due Friday Sept 18th and Constitutional Packet due Sept 21

Thursday Sept 17
examination of political thoughts/attitudes of 1780s
begin jigsaw readings of 3 constitutional scholars examination of Founder Fathers' motivations: Beard, Roche, and Hofstadter

Friday Sept 18
connections #1 due
complete class/group examination of 3 constitutional scholars documents (Beard, Roche, Hofstadter). Complete summary of all readings as found in document.
Introduction of Federalist -Anti-federalist documents. Using the text predict the fed/anti-fed viewpoint on liberty v order worksheet.
Homework: 1) Blog -Choose a current political topic and post a comment by a Founding Father. Make sure your Founding Father comment is clearly attributed to and ideologically sound for that Founding Father. Please make sure to comment on at least one other classmate's posting. Make sure to include your full name at the bottom for credit. http://godwineagles.org/lyndeapgovt/
2) Constitutional packet due Monday Sept 21.
3) Complete Liberty v Order Fed/Anti-fed worksheet
4) FYI quiz likely on Tues on chp 2


Sept. 8-Sept. 11, 2009: We will begin our year with an examination of what exactly is a democracy as well as what it is the makes the American form of democracy unique. Students are expected to promptly begin reading and noting Chp. 1 of the Edwards/Lineberry text. There will be unannounced quizzes to verify students' comprehension of the materials.

Homework and Poll question due Sept. 9th: Poll at least 5 people, be it family or friends (no duplicates), and ask them what three words they think of when they hear "America." Write it down.
Go to AP College Board website http://www.collegeboard.com/
Students- College Board tests- AP
and become familiar with at least 3 sample questions

Study guide for unit 1:

Due Sept 10th: Essay on What Is Democracy For You
Write an essay addressing whether you agree or disagree with the general statement that our class used to define American Democracy.(popular consent - limited power - freedom (speech, market, religion/press, guns) compromise - consensus building - majority rules (Bill of Rights protects minority rights) Electoral college is plurality - rule of law
elections frequent - rules free and fair - universal civil society (lions club, freedom of association AND they actually do it)
Tell me what three words you would use to define America.
Due Sept. 11th What Do You Know :

Due Sept 14th- reading summary of Prisoner's Dilemma. Attempt to complete practice AP exam given in class. Make sure to have completed readings and notes of Chp. 1. Test on chp 1 on Tues. Sept 15th

Due Sept. 21st Constitutional packet


All materials, notes, summary examples etc. for Unit 1 Chp. 1 are found here:

Unit 1 Notes Democracy.pdf

Unit I Study Guide (Chapters 1-2).doc


PowerPoint notes on chp 1

WHAT ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) MEANS: The purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the AP exam administered by
the College Board on May 3rd. The test is composed of an objective section (60 multiple choicequestions) and a free-response section (four questions). Students are required to take the exam,and are graded on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest score. Students who earn a 3 or better
may be entitled to college credit, advanced placement in college, or both, depending on the individual policies of the university.
It should be understood at the outset that the class reflects a college-level curriculum and as a result is significantly more challenging than regular courses in American Government and will require outside preparation and independent learning. The course requires greater degrees of reading comprehension, analytical research, as well as excellent critical thinking and writing skills.

This course is about the dynamics of the American political system. Students will not only study the various rules of American politics, but will also review political trends and outcomes. Students will be asked to think critically. We will take a look at topics in American Government using an interactive format. We will not only review facts but will engage in simulations, debate current issues, and follow current events. Students will complete a major project each quarter, including a project that will focus on the upcoming state gubnatorial elections and one research paper each semester

Colbert with Cliff Sloan on Marbury v. MadisonPrisoners_Dilemma_8_of_8.jpg

Marbury v. Madison