A.P. U.S. Government
In A.P. United States Government and Politics, students will examine the operation of major American institutions such as the presidency and the executive branch, the Supreme Court and lower courts, and the United States Congress. Study in the course also focuses on the functions of bureaucracy, the roles of the political parties, the actions of interest and advocacy groups, and the impact of mass media.  Students also discuss civil liberties, civil rights, civil responsibilities, and public policies.    

Major topics and themes will be covered in this class.  You will be required to use a variety of acquired skills to demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and visually presented information (maps and graphs).  You will also need to develop your reading comprehension and writing ability skills, especially in analyzing political cartoons and free-response essay questions (FRQ) in addition to multiple choice questions.  All assignments are designed to prepare you for the AP Exam given in the Spring.  The materials are aligned with the standards set forth by the College Board™.  

Course Objectives:  Students who successfully complete this course will:

• identify important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics
• examine typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures)
• be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats)
• be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them