Discussing Citizens United: Documents and a Socratic Seminar

Oh campaign finance. The wonderful world. {take a deep breath and continues to pretend it’s super fun!} *I take 2 regular and 1 block day for this. On Friday, I assigned Citizens United v. FEC. They are not writing the DBQ, but using the documents (including Federalist 10) to prepare for a Socratic discussion on…

Writing a Collaborative FRQ

Every teacher has their own ways to teach FRQ writing for AP Government. When I taught APUSH with my team of 2 other teachers, I was the writing coach. It’s just something I’m good at. The other two gentleman are crazy content experts who would come in and wow the kids with their knowledge of…

Discussing Citizens United

Oh campaign finance. The wonderful world. {take a deep breath and continues to pretend it’s super fun!} *I take 2 regular and 1 block day for this. On Friday, I assigned Citizens United v. FEC. They are not writing the DBQ, but using the documents (including Federalist 10) to prepare for a Socratic discussion on…

Wrapping Up with Lessons in the Judiciary

It’s been 9 weeks since we started school and I am half way through the semester and the redesign. I’m tired and unsure, but after giving the FRQ and the unit test, I’m feeling a bit better about how I’ve taught this quarter. If you are struggling or doubting yourself, chances are you are doing…

Argumentative Writing for AP Gov- Thesis Statements

When I found out that a piece of the AP Government test would be argumentative writing, I was stoked! For the last three years, our school has had argumentative writing as a school goal so I figured, “I don’t even have to spend time teaching this!” Oh, Liz. Oh, sweet, naive Liz. I gave an…