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Home work for US1:

US 1

Due Thursday


Page 41 question 1-5

Page 48 question 1-5

Page 57 question 1-4

Page 63 question 1-4

Page 64 question 17-22


US 1

Ch 3

Due Friday


Page 75 question 1-4

Page 82 question 1-4

Page 88 question 1-4

Page 93 question 1-4


US 1

Ch 4

Due Thusday10/20 

Quiz Friday


Page 138 question 1-25


US 1

Ch 4

Due Thusday10/20 

Quiz Friday


Page 138 question 1-25


Ch 5

Due 11/16 



Page 149 question 1-5

Page 157 question 1-7

Page 163 question 1-5

Page 169 question 1-6


Ch 6

Due 12/20 


Page 206 question 1-5

Page 212 question 1-4

Page 218 question 1-6

Page 223 question 1-5

Page 229 question 1-5


Ch 6

Due 1/4 


Page 230 question 13-24


Ch 7

Due 1/18 

Page 248 question 1-4

Page 256 question 1-4

Page 265 question 1-4

Page 266 question 15-24



Due 2/25

Home Work

Page 279 question 1-4

Page 284 question 1-4

Page 289 question 1-4

Page 295 question 1-4

Page 303 question 1-6



Due Friday 3/15

Chapter 9


Page 339 questions 1-2



Ch 10 Home Work

Due Friday 3/22


Page 350 Question 1-5

Page 354 Question 1-5

Page 361 Question 1-4

Page 368 Question 1-3

Page 373 Question 1-3











Due Friday

Chapter 11 3/30


Section 1 Page 389 questions 1-4


Section 2 Page 400 questions 1-5


Section 3 Page 409 questions 1-5


Section 4 Page 417 questions 1-5




Chapter 12

Due Friday

May 17



Section 1 Page 429 questions 1-5


Section 2 Page 435 questions 1-3


Section 3 Page 440 questions 1-5


Section 4 Page 445 questions 1-4




Chapter 12

Due Friday

May 24




Page 446 questions 11-24





Ap Exam Tomorrow

Get good sleep, have breakfast and be at the Ap testing room by 7:45 AM. Good luck and take your time!!

Ap Test Takers!


Know Your Target THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017, 7:45 a.m.

DON’T BE LATE!! Format

Two sections - 4 free response questions, 100 minutes - 60 multiple choice questions with 5 choices, 45 minutes - Each section is worth 50% of the total exam. Each free response question is of equal value, or 12.5 % of the total exam. For the mathematically impaired: multiple choice is 50% + free response 12.5% x 4 questions is 50% National exam total 100% - The Goal: learning what would you be expected to know in a college level political science survey course and then demonstrating that knowledge. Free Response Questions - Questions are written by committee of high school and college government teachers. Therefore, they are not written elegantly. : ) Ideas for questions are submitted from teachers. Questions are new ideas and old ideas that students didn’t do well on previous nat’l exams. - Questions try to bridge different content areas or units in the textbook. (How does legislative oversight impact the bureaucracy?) - Questions are direct and specific. - Choices are sometimes built into questions. (Three obstacles to meaningful campaign finance reform are listed: incumbency, soft money, Buckley v. Valeo (1976). You are asked to describe two and then explain how each obstacle has made it difficult for Congress to enact significant campaign finance reform legislation.) - Test designers have to also be test graders (called readers) so as not to work in a vacuum. And more importantly to see if students are ACTUALLY ANSWERING THE QUESTION. (Think extemp!) - Free response questions may be graded with a rubric of 5 to 9 points. Rubric is written out and agreed upon BEFORE the grading begins. Your job is to get as close to the rubric as possible. So how do I do that? Answering Free Response Questions - READ THE ENTIRE QUESTION BEFORE YOU START. - Spend at least 5 (no more than 7) minutes organizing or outlining or brainstorming BEFORE YOU WRITE THE ESSAY. - Be as specific as possible. You don’t want to confuse or slow down readers. Clarity is key, especially if your essay is being graded on day 6. Confusion, sloppy writing (both unnecessary verbal filler and bad penmanship) only slow your essay down in the process. The readers will not guess at what you might mean. They will simply not give you the points. “The president makes laws.” VAGUE, BAH!!! “The president approves or disapproves bills sent to him by Congress.” Better. “Congress has the power to create peace through treaties.” Two problems: The word “create” is vague. Recall the executive makes the treaties and 2/3rds the Senate (second problem) ratifies or affirms the treaties. Use the words from the original document. - Magic words DO NOT EXIST. Terms must be used in context correctly. Again, you will not be given the benefit of the doubt. Continuing with the above example, writing the phrase “advice and consent” and nothing else gets you, well, nothing else. - Knowing the concept and explaining it correctly within the context of the prompt is good. All that plus a juicy recent example, even better. - Use words from the question in your answer to make sure you are answering the question as asked, not the question you would rather answer or think you are answering. (Again with the cam fin reform idea. “It is difficult for Congress to pass - significant campaign finance reform legislation due to incumbency. This is true because…) You must warrant why the argument is true. - Be concise. Don’t write any more than you need to answer the question correctly. Quality is the issue, not quantity. - Thesis statement is not needed. The prompt is the thesis. Intro paragraphs aren’t needed. Rewriting the question is not needed. Just the facts, ma’am. - Later, we’ll go over an example answer that you will grade. - When we go over a test answer in class, you will see the rubric to see how close you came. I will grade like the national exam readers. You start at zero and work your way up to the maximum points. If it isn’t clear or isn’t warranted, it isn’t the stuff. Multiple Choice Questions - Like the free response, questions are designed to bridge concepts from different units. Some involve tables, charts or graphs. Do not freak out at these. Slowly, calmly understand what the picture means before you read the choices. KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY. Definitional questions can be the most difficult because you may not know the terms. (Suggestion: flash cards.) - Should I guess? Yes! Go for it. You will no longer be dinged a ¼ of a point if you guess wrong. - Wrong choices, called distracters, are taken from previous incorrect student free response answers. Cute, huh?

WARNING Having said all this, please be aware that you will need a great depth of knowledge about American government to have any hope of achieving a 3, 4 or the magic 5. I will not under any circumstances be able to cover all that you will need to know in class or in review sessions. YOU MUST TAKE THE INITIATIVE. You must do the assigned readings. You must ask if you are not clear about a concept. My door is always open…

AP Gov. Test prep

Work on the Civil Liberties packet!! then in case we don't have our class period take the next refresher packet off my desk called: Elections and do the essay question.  

Extra credit for US 1 Due 3/31 in my Do Now box

How did the goals of the abolitionist movement differ from the women’s rights movement? 

Extra credit for my Ap class due 3/31 in my Do Now box

Explain the differences between a Liberal and a Conservative. Use many examples to explain your answer.


Extra credit for my Ap class due 3/31 in my Do Now box

Explain the differences between a Liberal and a Conservative. Use many examples to explain your answer.



A new homework assignment was posted today for all my classes, also US 1 classes report to the BHS Library today.