Advanced Placement United
States Government and Politics
Summer Reading Assignment for the 2017-2018 year:
Summer Assignment for 2017 in Word
Summer Assignment for 2017 as PDF
Summer Reading Assignment for the 2016 -2017 year: The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What it Means for the Next Presidential Election
The textbook is
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.
Culture, Public Opinion, and Political
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"
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
article: "The Decline of Collective Responsibility in American Politics
Guide for Unit Three: Chapters 8 Elections and Campaigns
Vote Means Nothing: How Presidential Primaries Backfired" by
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
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
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
Guide for Interest Groups
"More than Money"
"Interest Groups in American Politics"
is Democracy in Action"
Once and Future Lobby"
Myths about Lobbyists"
Open Secrets Scavenger Hunt
Study of American Government and The
Guide on The Constitution
Excerpts from John Locke
Excerpts from Federalist 10 and 51
Richard Hofstadter Article
Federalist vs Antifederalist Worksheet
Quizzes on the Amendments to the Constitution
Guide - Federalism
to find information on Supreme Court Cases
Selections from Randy Barnett's Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Constitutional Convention Assignment
Review Study Guide
Midterm Review Questions
Abid's Study Guide - Thanks, Abid!
Guide - Congress
Study Guide - 2017 Adjusted for Snow Days
Burke's Speech to the Electors of Bristol
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
Can't Congress Get More Done?"
is Still King of the Hill"
Powers, Separated on Purpose by Charles C. W. Cooke
The Shutdown is the Constitution's Fault by Dylan Matthews
Basics of the Budget Process
Presidency and The
Guide for Unit Eight - The Presidency and the Bureaucracy
the Imperial Presidency
Kenneth Mayer "With the Stroke of a Pen"
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.”
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
and Presidential Elections
Presidential Approval Ratings
Today: Presidential Approval Tracker
Polarization of Presidents
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)
Liberties and Civil Rights
Guide for Unit Ten - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Handout on Incorporation
Handout on Privacy
of Supreme Court Cases
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
Guide - The Judiciary
Federalist 78 - Excerpts
Excerpts from Brutus XI, XII, and XV
Warren through the Rehnquist Courts
Wikipedia information on judicial nominations
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
PBS video on the President and the Judiciary
Senate Nomination Hearing Senate votes on John Roberts and Samuel Alito
the Supreme Court Arrives at Decisions by William Brennan
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
H. Tribe on "The Myth of Strict Constructionism"
Select Smart Quiz on which Supreme Court justices you are closest to
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
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
for the AP Exam
Questions and Schedule
AP Score Calculator
Massive Review Study Guide
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)