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I.Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government. 5–15%
A. Considerations that influenced the formulation and adoption of the Constitution
B. Separation of powers
C. Checks and balances
E. Theories of democratic government
Legacy (1987) by: James Michener Concept: The U.S. Constitution
A. The development of civil liberties and civil rights by judicial interpretation
B. Knowledge of substantive rights and liberties
C. The impact of the Fourteenth Amendment on the constitutional development of rights and liberties
Anthem (1938) By Ayn Rand Concept: Objectivism/Collectivism
A. Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders
B. Processes by which citizens learn about politics
C. The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion
D. The ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life
E. Factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in terms of political beliefs and behaviors
Animal Farm (1946) by: George Orwell Concept: Dystopia/Corruption
A. Political parties and elections
4. Effects on the political process
5. Electoral laws and systems
B. Interest groups, including political action committees (PACs)
1. The range of interests represented
2. The activities of interest groups
3. The effects of interest groups on the political process
4. The unique characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process
C. The mass media
1. The functions and structures of the news media
2. The impacts of the news media on politics
3. The news media industry and its consequences
Bias Slant Chart
Red = Conservative / Blue = Liberal
Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury Concept: Censorship
A. The major formal and informal institutional arrangements of power
B. Relationships among these four institutions and varying balances of power
C. Linkages between institutions and the following:
1. Public opinion and voters
2. Interest groups
3. Political parties
4. The media
5. State and local governments
All the President’s Men (1974) by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Concept: Nixon/Watergate
Ken Burns: The Congress (1988)
A. Policymaking in a federal system
B. The formation of policy agendas
C. The role of institutions in the enactment of policy
D. The role of the bureaucracy and the courts in policy implementation and interpretation
E. Linkages between policy processes and the following:
1. Political institutions and federalism
2. Political parties
3. Interest groups
4. Public opinion
6. Policy networks
Lone Survivor (2007) By Marcus Luttrell Concept: Foreign Policy
MidCourse Study Guide – U.S. Government & Politics A.P. – A good mid course study guide created by Mr. Peoneil.
U.S. Government A.P. Final Study Guide – I designed this study guide format and image, the content though was developed by a teacher named Bill McElree. Mr. McElree was an A.P. Government teacher that was able to get his student passing rate for this A.P. exam up to 88% with an average of 66 students taking the exam per year.
The ReDistricting Game – “The Redistricting Game is designed to educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political redistricting.”
21 Charts That Exlain How the U.S. is Changing – Information about how we are getting more diverse as a country, older, and moving further westward.
270ToWin.com – House, Senate, and Electoral College interactive maps.
CIA.Gov – World FactBook – “The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.” – CIA.Gov
FiveThirtyEight.com – Nate Silver’s news website. Has information from politics to sports.
ISideWith.com – This is an online quiz site you can visit to see which candidate you most agree with.
Library of Congress – Presidential Inaugurations – A website containing information on the precendent set and notable events from inaugurations of the U.S. presidents.
OnTheIssues.org – Every candidate and their position on every issue.
OpenSecrets.org – This website allows users to track federal campaign contributions and lobbying by lobbying firms, individual lobbyists, industry, federal agency, and bills. Other resources of the site include the personal financial disclosures of all members of the U.S. Congress, the president, and top members of the administration. Users can also search by ZIP codes to learn how their neighbors are allocating their political contributions.
Political Spectrum Tests List – Fun to wander through to see where you stand.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball – “A comprehensive website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball features detailed and frequently updated analysis for elections across the country. The Crystal Ball keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every Senate and gubernatorial race, as well as the tightest campaigns for the House.”
TheLivingRoomCandidate.org – Every presidential campaign commercial since 1952!
Thomas.loc.gov – Launched in 1995 by the 104th congress the THOMAS site provides viewers with information on practically every aspect of what has happened or is currently happening in the House and the Senate.
USA.gov – This is the United States Governments official portal on the internet. It is a one stop shop for finding information from immigration policies to grant information.