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 AP Government in a Shortened Semester- Unit One Resources

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. […]

Federalist 78, the Judiciary, and an argumentative essay

I have stated how much I love teaching the Supreme Court. It simply cannot be overstated. I could teach an entire semester on the subject, but alas I have a semester to get through the entire AP Government content. For example, this morning I listened to “Justice Neil Gorsuch, Live at America’s Town Hall” and […]

The American Presidency

On August 28, I had the pleasure of attending a Teaching American History Seminar on Executive Powers. I always appreciate going to these because it opens my eyes to new documents to use. (Full Document of Readings) These were the readings we were required to complete beforehand. I appreciated this because it forced me to […]

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 […]

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 […]