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 […]

For Whom The Bell Tolls- John McCain

John McCain has been the Arizona senator since I have lived in the great state of Arizona. Senator McCain is one of my favorite people, not only because he has had a cameo on Parks and Recreation, or that he’s a hero in my eyes, but because he is one of the people in Congress […]

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 […]