Teaching AP Government in a Shortened Semester- Week Two and I need some more coffee

Week 2 Days 5-9 (2 block days) What was covered this week: Day 5: Signed up in MyAP (Not very user-friendly) and talked about the issues and compromises of the Constitutional Convention.¬† (1.5) Day 6: Federalist 51 from MyAP and we listened to High Crimes and Misdemeanors (We did not do Clinton v. New York, […]

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Reflecting on “Document Week”

Document Week 2018 has come to an end. My students killed it. I am so impressed. I am also so tired! We all became best friends with the trifecta we worked with, even if some students were reluctant at first. We capped off the week with Federalist_No._51¬†excerpts, and will begin next week with a comparison […]

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Federalist 10

Factions. What are they? Why do we care? (ohmygoddoyouliveunderarock) Well, you should care. Even George Washington cared. I mean, not all factions are political parties, but all political parties are factions. And let’s be honest. Factions are a huge source of discontent in our nation today. Faction: a small, organized, dissenting group within a larger […]

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Declaration of Independence… or the 1776 Version of “She’s Just Not That Into You”…

(Updated June 2021, Original Post July 2, 2018) It’s July 2nd which means I’m probably deep into John Adams (HBO) and muttering to myself that the REAL Independence Day is July 2nd. I digress. You can quote from the Declaration of Independence because, likely, your elementary school teacher made you memorize “We hold these truths […]

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