AP Government & Politics Syllabus


Course Description

AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.

Each student is required to take the national AP EXAM in May. The cost is $92 and is due on Oct. 28.


What will I need for this class?

  • Earphones (to keep in your backpack)
  • 2 Posters (white)
  • 1 box of tissues
  • Colored markers (to keep in your backpack)
  • Text: Your text is also available as an e-text on MyPoliSciLab.com

Student Expectations and Information

The work done in this course is college-level and it is expected that all students treat it as such. A significant amount of coursework shall be done outside of the classroom. The student must:

  • Have passion! Passion is what makes one great. Have passion and you will succeed.
  • Absences: If absent, complete all assignments that are due the next class. All assignments will be on Moodle or Google Classroom and you should email me ASAP if you are absent.
  • Time: Manage time well. NO late assignments will be accepted.
  • Current Events: Understanding recent events is necessary to understand how the “Iron Triangle” works. We will discuss current events using the mass media on a daily basis. Suggestion: read/watch the news everyday even on weekends.

How will I be assessed?


  • Tests: Will consist of 50 questions (100 points)
  • Quizzes: Random and will consist of 5-10 multiple choice questions. (15-30 pts.)
  • Daily Questions: Assigned readings and questions must be completed to be able to keep up with in-depth class discussion.
  • Vocabulary: Do Vocabulary. Make a cumulative Quizlet so that they may be studied easily and often.
  • Outlines/Graphic Organizers: Complete Questions for each section. Do this as you read before the information is taught.
  • FRQs: Depends on the question. Points multiplied by 3 to obtain total.

What if I miss class?


  • If you are absent contact me (email is best) ASAP for what you missed.
  • PPTs will be posted to Moodle; you are to copy these before the next class as you will be responsible for the information.
  • If you miss a test or a quiz, you must contact me within 3 days and we will schedule a make-up time. If not scheduled or taken within 3 calendar days it will be scored a “0”.
  • All missed work will remain a “0” in the Gradebook until made up.

What can I do to be successful?


1. Realize that you will be challenged.

2. Read the section BEFORE it’s taught in class.

3. Put notes into your own words while studying.

4. Teach another person what you have learned.

5. Outline OR make a graphic organizer of the module. (simple, but very effective). It will help you an understanding how concepts fit together. (also makes it very simple to study)

6. Read BARRON’S AP Government after each section is taught but before each test.

7. Make a cumulative vocabulary Quizlet and study them progressively.

8. After the chapter is taught, reread it or at least read the summary at the back of each chapter and test your understanding.

9. Study/discuss with a partner.

10. Retype notes into an outline.

11. Utilize online quizzes on MyPoliSciLab.

12. See me if you don’t understand something.

13. Do NOT procrastinate, last minute studying is completely ineffective in an AP course.

Kimberly Foreman

Office Hours


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