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Advanced Placement US Government & Politics

about 1 year ago

Advanced Placement US Government & Politics (Section 1)


Location: 170
Teacher: 



AP US Government and Politics
Syllabus 
Mrs. Brown
brownjea@bangorsd.org
Introduction:
This course is an introductory college course in United States government and politics. 


Description: 
This course will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the government and politics of the United States. Students will examine various general concepts and specific examples in order to analyze and synthesize the functions and outcomes of government and politics in the United States. Students will use critical thinking skills to evaluate a variety of theoretical perspectives, as well as political behaviors and their outcomes. Students will learn important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to the U.S. government and understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences. An emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, primary source analysis, debating skills, presentations, and other activities. Students should bring to the course a basic understanding of the various vocabulary, institutions, and ideological beliefs involved with and relating to U.S. government and politics. This is a rigorous and demanding course requiring students to have a strong work ethic, to read at a rigorous pace, and to complete a variety of writing assignments. Students are expected to demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills and independent work habits. 

Resources:

American Government and Politics today. 2013-2014 edition 16th, Stephen W. Schmidt, Mark C. Shelley II, Barbara A. Bardes, Lynne E. Ford


Course Objectives: 

Students successfully completing this course will:

• know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics
• understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures)
• be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats)
• be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum

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Advanced Placement US History

about 1 year ago

Advanced Placement US History (Section 1)


Location: 170
Teacher: 


Advanced Placement United States History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and if students demonstrate success on the Advanced Placement Exam in May, can earn students college credit. It is a semester long examination of American history from the new world beginnings and discovery to the present.

Prerequisite: Well-developed reading and writing skills, along with a desire to devote considerable time to homework and study, are required for this course. 

Note: Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation and discussion of original documents. 

Course Objectives — Students will:
• Master a broad body of historical knowledge
• Show an understanding of historical chronology
• Interpret and apply data from original documents, including
graphs, letters, etc.
• Use historical data to defend a position
• Demonstrate success on the Advanced Placement Exam

Course Text:
The American Pageant 
13th. Edition ~ 2005
David Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen & Thomas Bailey

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Honors Government

about 1 year ago

Teacher: 


Honors Government Syllabus
Mrs. Brown
brownjea@bangorsd.org

Introduction:
This course is a survey course in United States government and politics. 


Description: 
This course will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the government and politics of the United States. Students will examine various general concepts and specific examples in order to analyze and synthesize the functions and outcomes of government and politics in the United States. Students will use critical thinking skills to evaluate a variety of theoretical perspectives, as well as political behaviors and their outcomes. Students will learn important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to the U.S. government and understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences. This is a rigorous and demanding course requiring students to have a strong work ethic, to read at a rigorous pace, and to complete a variety of writing assignments. Students are expected to demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills and independent work habits. 

Resources:
Magruder's American government
Author:
Frank Abbott Magruder; William A McClenaghan; Pearson/Prentice Hall.2006. 

Course Objectives: 

Students successfully completing this course will:

• know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics
• understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures)
• be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats)
• be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum

Expectations:
•ALL SCHOOL POLICIES APPLY!
•If you miss work due to absences, you are responsible for making it up in the required time. 
•You are expected to keep up with current events by daily watching the news or reading periodicals. 
•Come prepared each day with necessary materials.

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