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Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics

Summer Reading Assignment for the 2020 - 2021 school year


Join AP Classroom - I have the Join Code Number. Ask me if you lost it.

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

The readings book for this class is

An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know

You can order it from Amazon or from the Book Fair at Quail Ridge Books at the beginning of the school year.

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.

New York Times Interactive: Do You Live in a Political Bubble?

Party Demographics

Instructions for setting up your Google Drive

Why Polls Don't Work

Powerpoint on Polling

Larry Sabato and Glenn Simpson: "Dirty Little Secrets"

New report finds that voter turnout in 2016 topped 2012

Class Activities

Big Sort Discussion Questions

Take the Perception Gap Quiz

Perception Gap

Political Groups and the Perception Gap

Partisans' Views of Each Other

Confidence in Institutions

Trust in Government

Party Demographics

Design a Partisan

Exit Polls 2016


Reasons Given for Not Voting

North Carolina registration to vote

Voter Turnout in Demographic Groups

Practice Essay Question

Voter Turnout: Midterm and Presidential Elections


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

PowerPoint on Political Parties

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

"Political Partisanship is vicious. That's because political parties are too weak."

Class Activities

Discussion Questions on Article: "Political Partisanship is vicious"

U.S. Party Identification


Party Ideology by State

Election Results

"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

No Place for Amateurs

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

Stormy Weather

Election Slides

Street Law Summary of Supreme Court Cases - save to your drive; you're going to need it all year long.

Going Dirty

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

Why Candidates Use Social Media...

Campaign Ads

Living Room Candidate 2016 -Follow the links at the bottom to view ads

Powerpoint: Who Wants to Be an A Student?

Interest Groups

Study Guide for Interest Groups

Interest Groups Assignment

"More than Money"

"Interest Groups in American Politics"

Interest Groups and Politics

Charts on Spending

"Lobbying is Democracy in Action"

"Washington's Once and Future Lobby"

"5 Myths about Lobbyists"

Open Secrets Scavenger Hunt


The Media

Study Guide for Unit Four: Chapter 10 The Media

Trust in the Media

Media Revenue

Media and Candidate-Centered Campaigns

How Liberal or Conservative Media Sources are

Media warm-up

How the Mass Media Divide Us

Feeding Frenzy

Top Ten Campaign Gaffes

Top Ten Political Gaffes

Top 10 Worst Debate Gaffes


The Study of American Government and The Constitution

Study Guide on The Constitution

Excerpts from John Locke

Street Law Supreme Court Cases

Excerpts from Federalist 10 and 51

Excerpts from Brutus 1

Richard Hofstadter Article

De Tocqueville quote

Views of the Federalists and Antifederalists

Worksheet: Federalist vs Antifederalist

Ratification Debate Activity

Constitution Scavenger Hunt

Self-Checking Quizzes on the Amendments to the Constitution


Study Guide - Federalism

Federalism Powerpoint

Street Law Supreme Court Cases



Midterm Review

Midterm Review Study Guide

Midterm Review Questions



Study Guide - Congress

Edmund Burke's Speech to the Electors of Bristol

Podcast: "Constitutionally Speaking: The Congressional Beast" Listen the sections from 12:56--15:33 and from 27:21--29:35

Reelection Rates in Congress

Ideological Distribution in Congress

Approval Ratings of Congress

Party-Unity Votes

Gerrymandering 101

Redistricting Game:

Hit “Play the Game.” Then choose Partisan Gerrymander - Basic Level. (If it tells you that you need to activate Flash to play the game, follow these instructions to unblock Flash on for Chromebooks) 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.

Quiz: Gerrymandered US Congressional District or Rorschacch Inkblot?

Street Law Summary of Supreme Court Cases - Read Baker v. Carr

Powerpoint on Redistricting and Gerrymandering

Practice on Baker v. Carr

Congress: the Electoral Connection

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: A Time-Honored Tradition Lives On

In Praise of Pork

"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

Essay Assignment: Checks and Balances

The Basics of the Budget Process

Kahoot on Congress


The Executive Branch

Study Guide: The Executive Branch

Federalist #70

Presidential Vetoes

Presidential Success in Congress

Presidential Popularity

Gallup: Presidential Approval - Trump

Gallup: Presidential Approval Center - interactive: you can compare presidents from Truman to Trump.

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

Restraining the Imperial Presidency

Kenneth Mayer "With the Stroke of a Pen"

The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

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


Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Study Guide for Unit Ten - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Study Guide Adjusted for Snow

Handout on Incorporation

Powerpoint on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Ex-Day Handout on Hate Speech and Speech Codes

Handout on Privacy

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail" excerpts

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.)

List of Supreme Court cases overruled by subsequent decisions

List of laws held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court

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

Storm Center

Pursuit of Justices

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

Neil Gorsuch

Brett Kavanaugh

PBS video on the President and the Judiciary

Senate Nomination Hearing

Senate votes on Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh

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

Links on Neil Gorsuch

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"

Policy Making

Study Guide: Policy Making

Powerpoint on Economic Policy

Reading on Social Security

Reading on the Federal Reserve

Video: The Fed Today

Video Questions: The Fed Today

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

Sample Free-Response Question

Balance the Budget yourself

Debt Fixer

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

Handout on Economic Policy and the Budget Process


Review for the AP Exam


Final Project

Planning a Budget

Google Sheets Worksheet that you can use for your budget assignment - just copy it to your drive and fill in your results.

Moot Court Project

Links for Cases

Rucho v. Common Cause at Scotusblog

Oral Argument for Rucho v. Common Cause

Department of Commerce v. New York at Scotusblog

Oral Argument for Department of Commerce v. New York