To start off the series, I wanted to make a resource page; for myself, for my students, and for any teacher out there who needs it. This is what I will be drawing from as I plan this unit. Today, I took all the stickies off my CED and put the information in a document. I may or may not use the resources here. I have listened to all the podcasts, watched all the clips and videos, and have done all the readings. I am also using Google Classroom to help facilitate discussions outside of class and allow collaboration. This is my first time using it so send positive thoughts…
Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy- ~8 class periods
Enduring Understandings (Focus Areas so I don’t get too off track)
- A balance between governmental power and individual rights has been a hallmark of American political development.
- The Constitution emerged from the debate about the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation as a blueprint for limited government.
- The Constitution created a competitive policy-making process to ensure the people’s will is represented and that freedom is preserved.
- Federalism reflects the dynamic distribution of power between national and state governments.
AP Writing Skills:
- Analytical Reading
- Argumentative FRQ Writing- I am going to focus on writing a defensible thesis that establishes a line of reasoning.
- SCOTUS application
- Declaration of Independence
- US Constitution
- Federalist 10
- Brutus 1
- Articles of Confederation
- Electoral College
- Three-Fifths Compromise
- Importation of enslaved persons
- Article V- the Amendment process
- Commerce Clause
- Necessary and Proper Clause
- Federalist 51
- 10th Amendment
- 14th Amendment
Supreme Court Cases:
- McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)* (Video)
- United States v. Lopez (1995)* (Lesson for Class Discussion)
- 1.1 Declaration and Magna Carta– 28 minutes
- 1.2/3 Federalist and Anti Federalists– 30 minutes
- 1.2/3 Federalist vs. The Anti Federalists– 55 minutes
- 1.4 Articles of Confederation– 22 minutes
- 1.5 Constitution*- 38 minutes
- 1.5 Electoral College– 17 minutes
- 1.6 Checks and Balances– 15 minutes
- 1.6 Impeachment (Andrew Johnson)- 19 minutes
- 1.8 America’s Education Problem (NCLB 2001) ** Google Classroom Discussion
- 1.8 The Fourteenth Amendment– 20 minutes
- 1.9 One Nation, Under Money 53 minutes
- Commerce Clause
- 1.9 Federalism 23 minutes
1.7 Constitution USA- A More Perfect Union (57 Minutes)– Video Guide and Resources
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- Analytical Reading Activity Topic 1.1: Ideals of Democracy Required Document: excerpts from The Declaration of Independence
- Analytical Reading Activity Topic 1.3: Government Power and Individual Rights-Required Documents: excerpts from Federalist 10 & excerpts from Brutus 1
- Analytical Reading Activity Topic 1.4: Challenges of the Articles of Confederation Required Document: excerpts from Articles of Confederation
- Analytical Reading Activity Topic 1.6: Principles of American Government Required Document: excerpts from Federalist 51 *I will skip New York v. Clinton for time sake
- Analytical Reading Activity Topic 1.8: Constitutional Interpretations of Federalism Required Document: The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
4 thoughts on “Teaching AP Government in a Shortened Semester- Unit One Resources”
Hey there! This looks GREAT! I am teaching APUSH for the first time this Spring so I might try to do something similar. I really like this layout especially to give students. One question I do have is regarding the podcasts—are students required to listen to all of them? I adore podcasts and want to incorporate them more.
Hello! I’m not requiring all of them but I am requiring a few and then leaving the rest for them if they need the extra help!
Thank you! Will you be posting for each unit? This is very helpful and I appreciate all the work you have put forth!
This is awesome. Thank you for putting in all this hard work. I appreciate your willingness to share it with all of us. Thank you!!