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Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics


Summer Reading Assignment for the 2016 -2017 year: The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What it Means for the Next Presidential Election

Summer Assignment for 2017 in Word

Summer Assignment for 2017 as PDF

The textbook is American Government, 13th edition by James Q. Wilson and John DiIulio - 13th Edition

The readings book for this class is Lanahan Readings in the American Polity - 6th edition

You may want to order the Lanahan Readings book from Amazon and save money. Be sure to order the 6th Edition which just came out in the Spring of 2016.

Every student will also need a pocket copy of the Constitution. It doesn't matter which one you use. Here is the one that we recommend.

 

Political Culture, Public Opinion, and Political Participation

Study Guide and Assignments for Unit One

"The Big Sort" by Bill Bishop

Quiz: Do you live in a bubble? Some of these questions are geared toward adults. You might want to ask your parents how they would answer those questions or you can just guess. You might also ask your parents to take the quiz themselves.

Why Polls Don't Work

Larry Sabato and Glenn Simpson: "Dirty Little Secrets"

Turnout in the 2012 Presidential Election

Primary Turnout in 2016

"73 Rules for Running for President as a Republican"

Michael Barone: "Polls are part of the air that Politicians Breathe"

 

Political Parties

Study Guide for Unit Two: Chapter 9 - Political Parties

"How a little-known task force helped create Red State/Blue State America"

"How American Politics Went Insane"

Earl and Merle Black: "The Rise of Southern Republicans"

No Longer a 'Solid South' of all-red or all-blue

"No, America's Not Divided"

"America Vs. Third Parties"

"Two's Company"

Ideology Survey

Fiorina article: "The Decline of Collective Responsibility in American Politics

Elections and Campaigns

Study Guide for Unit Three: Chapters 8 Elections and Campaigns

My Vote Means Nothing: How Presidential Primaries Backfired" by David Greenberg

Wikipedia entry on Citizens United v. FEC

Wall Street Journal editorial on the Citizens United ruling. (Click on the top link on this Google Search to get to the editorial.)

New York Times editorial on the Citizens United ruling.

Scotusblog on Citizens United - Scroll down for responses in the media and blogosphere

Go to the Links Page for more links on the case.

 

"Why Obama is Better at Getting Out the Vote" by Sasha Issenberg

The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You

 

Campaign Ads

Living Room Candidate 2012 - there are more links at the bottom

PrioritiesUSA ads - Super PAC for President Obama - scroll through for the ads from the 2012 campaign

Restore Our Future ads - Super PAC for Governor Romney - scroll through for the ads from the 2012 campaign

American Crossroads ads - Super PAC for Republicans - scroll through for the ads from the 2012 campaign

Service Employees International Union ads - Labor Union supporting Democrats - scroll through for the ads from the 2012 campaign

 

 

The Media

Study Guide for Unit Four: Chapter 10 The Media

Top Ten Campaign Gaffes

Top Ten Political Gaffes

Top 10 Worst Debate Gaffes

Journeys with George - Part 1, Part 4 (watch 7:46), Part 5 (watch 6:54), Part 6

Interest Groups

Study Guide for Interest Groups

Interest Groups Assignment

"More than Money"

"Interest Groups in American Politics"

"Lobbying is Democracy in Action"

"Washington's Once and Future Lobby"

"5 Myths about Lobbyists"

Open Secrets Scavenger Hunt

 

The Study of American Government and The Constitution

Study Guide on The Constitution

Excerpts from John Locke

Excerpts from Federalist 10 and 51

Richard Hofstadter Article

Federalist vs Antifederalist Worksheet

Constitution Scavenger Hunt

Self-Checking Quizzes on the Amendments to the Constitution

Federalism

 

Study Guide - Federalism

Link to find information on Supreme Court Cases

Selections from Randy Barnett's Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Constitutional Convention Assignment

 

Midterm Review

Midterm Review Study Guide

Midterm Review Questions

Abid's Study Guide - Thanks, Abid!

 

Congress

Study Guide - Congress

Study Guide - 2017 Adjusted for Snow Days

Edmund Burke's Speech to the Electors of Bristol

Gerrymandering 101

Redistricting Game:

Hit “Play the Game.” Then choose Partisan Gerrymander - Basic Level. (If you get the message about Java, click on “This link.") Play the game for a bit. It’s not necessary that you complete the mission. Just try to figure out what you would need to do in order to complete the mission. If you have time, try some of the other missions. I’m more interested in your figuring out how to achieve each mission than in your actually completing the mission. (Use this link if the other link doesn't work: Redistricting Game.)

The Top Five Ugliest Districts

Quiz: Gerrymandered US Congressional District or Rorschacch Inkblot?

The Senate Syndrome by Steven Smith

David Price's Daily Schedule

Article: "The 60 Vote Senate" by Barbara Sinclair

Why Woodrow Wilson Hated the Filibuster by Joyce Appleby

The Senate Loses Its Tradition of Consensus by Fred Bauer

"Why Can't Congress Get More Done?"

"Pork is Still King of the Hill"

McCain Tweets

Powers, Separated on Purpose by Charles C. W. Cooke

The Shutdown is the Constitution's Fault by Dylan Matthews

Scalia Testimony

The Basics of the Budget Process

 

The Presidency and The Bureaucracy

Study Guide for Unit Eight - The Presidency and the Bureaucracy

Restraining the Imperial Presidency

Kenneth Mayer "With the Stroke of a Pen"

Links for Arguments on the Electoral College

How to Pick a Veep by Carl M. Cannon

Articles: “A Question of Power: The Robust Presidency” and “A Question of Power: The Imperial Presidency.”

Article on Bureaucracy by James Q. Wilson

The Rise of the Fourth Branch of Government by Jonathan Turley

"A Government of Strangers" by Hugh Heclo

From Administrative State to Constitutional Government by Joseph Postell

Presidents and Presidential Elections

WSJ: Presidential Approval Ratings

USA Today: Presidential Approval Tracker

Gallup: Polarization of Presidents

Rasmussen Reports: Presidential Approval Index (scroll down for the table)

Gallup: Presidential Approval Ratings (scroll down for comparisons and click over to see the daily numbers and breakdown by demographic groups)

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Study Guide for Unit Ten - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Handout on Incorporation

Handout on Privacy

List of Supreme Court Cases

Supreme Court Writing Assignment

Links for exploring cases

Exploring Constitutional Law (Scroll down to find links to cases based on topic)

First Amendment Center (Click on the links to the parts of the First Amendment that interest you. Use the links right below the title.)

Exemplary Supreme Court paper

Government Printing Office Style Manual on capitalization rules

 

The Judiciary

Study Guide - The Judiciary

Federalist 78 - Excerpts

Antifederalist Essay Excerpts from Brutus XI, XII, and XV

The Warren through the Rehnquist Courts

Judicial Nominations

Wikipedia information on judicial nominations

Antonin Scalia

Anthony Kennedy

Clarence Thomas

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Stephen Breyer

John Roberts

Samuel Alito

Sonia Sotomayor

Elena Kagan

PBS video on the President and the Judiciary

Senate Nomination Hearing Senate votes on John Roberts and Samuel Alito

How the Supreme Court Arrives at Decisions by William Brennan

The Supreme Court by William Rehnquist

Scalia's Speech in NC

Justice Souter's Harvard Commencement Address

Video Discussion between Justices Scalia and Breyer (start at 2:00 and end at 37:28) Here's another link for the video if the first one doesn't work for you.

Video Questions on Scalia-Breyer Discussion

Laurence H. Tribe on "The Myth of Strict Constructionism"

Select Smart Quiz on which Supreme Court justices you are closest to

 

 

Policy Making

Study Guide: Policy Making

50 Dead-Simple Ways for the US to Cut Its Budget - slideshow

Handout on Economic Policy and the Budget Process

Balance the Budget yourself

Federal Budget Challenge

Stabilize the US Debt

Budget Simulation

iCivics People's Pie (You can play this without having to register)

Budget Puzzle from the New York Times

Handout on Welfare and Education Policy

Video: The Fed Today

Video Questions: The Fed Today

Review for the AP Exam

Review Questions and Schedule

AP Score Calculator

Massive Review Study Guide

Final Project

Planning a Budget

Excel Worksheet that you can use for your budget assignment - thank you to Sam Rust

Moot Court Project

Scotusblog links for Lee v. Tam

Oral Argument for Lee v. Tam (Click on the Oral Argument link and you can scroll down for the transcript)

Scotusblog links for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Oral Argument for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer (Click on the Oral Argument link and you can scroll down for the transcript)