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AP U.S. Government and Politics

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams and student samples

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP U.S. Government and Politics course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop materials

At every AP U.S. Government and Politics workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP U.S. Government and Politics Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP U.S. Government and Politics and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP U.S. Government and Politics 2009 Released Exam

Curriculum Module: Teaching Public Policy

This curriculum module provides concrete ideas for creatively addressing public policy in AP U.S. Government and Politics classrooms. These four essays cut across two or more units of the AP Government and Politics Course Description in order to provoke teachers' creativity in developing strategies for integrating public policy into the entire course. Chapters include:

  • Race, Ideology, and Public Policy
  • What to Do About a Holiday Display: A Simulation of Supreme Court Doctrine and Political Decision Making
  • Analyzing Economic Policy: Who Really Makes the Decisions?
  • The Policy-Making Process: A Student Project

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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