Teaching AP Government in a Shortened Semester- Week One- The Declaration, Brutus I, and Fed 10

Week 1, Days 1-4 (No school on Monday, teacher “workday” aka meetings, but we have 2 block days) What was covered this week: Day 1: Administrative and housekeeping items. New kids. Day 2/3 (Block Days): Readings (Hobbes, Locke, and Jefferson) and the Analytical Reading that includes Federalist 10 and Brutus I from AP Classroom. The […]

Teaching how to write better argumentative essays in AP Government

Besides teaching AP Government, I also teach 8th grade. In one of my classes, I have 31 students and the other has 10. Every time we do class discussions, I have to really figure out how to vary the instruction to allow all students to talk and learn. This also allows me to try new […]

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 […]

Brutus I- In the Trenches

As I’ve started to work through the redesign, as we all have, I’ve noticed how document heavy the first unit is. I warned my students this week that it was Document Week {like Shark Week but less scary… and with donuts}. We are hitting the trifecta of Brutus I, Fed 10, and Fed 51. Today […]

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 […]