American Government: Stories of a Nation for the AP® Course puts an emphasis on practical applications by framing each chapter with a story from the real world showing how the principles of government have real effects that impact real people. For example, to understand political participation and political formation, we follow the story of an AP® U.S. Government student in Colorado who volunteered for a Republican congressional campaign and became increasingly involved in electoral politics.
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Pacing your AP® U.S. Government and Politics Course can be very challenging with so many concepts and skills to teach, usually in only a single semester. To help, we have segmented chapters into 78 sections guided by learning targets. Each section serves as a discrete instructional module—just enough for a single day’s lesson to deliver content, skills, assignments, and assessments in a brief easy-to-use “chunk.” Whether you are a novice or veteran teacher, these modules will save you hours of planning time.
The College Board chose fifteen required U.S. Supreme Court cases to highlight the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In American Government: Stories of a Nation for the AP® Course, chapters that align with particular cases introduce a deep reading of the case, point out the importance of the case to the AP® course, and assess students' knowledge. Argumentation questions introduce pertinent cases and ask students to articulate a thesis, use the cases as evidence, and write an essay.
Each chapter includes 2-3 special features to enhance students’ mastery of the course’s Political Science Practices and Reasoning Processes. Each includes instruction, modeling, and practice in the AP® style.
The revised course focuses on foundational documents like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. This book leads students carefully through those foundational documents, quoting them extensively, and summarizing their arguments. In addition to multiple-choice and free-response practice, your students will also learn how to use the foundational documents as evidence in the model argumentation questions where they get practice writing an essay in the style of the revised AP® Exam.
A supplemental document reader containing required foundational documents and court cases is also available.
Most traditional books relegate public policy to discrete, separate chapters, but the new AP® course integrates policy throughout. As you might expect from a book created for the new course, American Government: Stories of a Nation for the AP® Course incorporates public policy. This approach emphasizes how public policy functions as the application of principles taught in each chapter and how public policies actually are implemented.
At the end of every section, chapter, and unit, you will find AP®-style practice items—multiple choice questions, free response questions, and argumentation questions—that conform to the rewritten AP® exam. These questions were written and vetted by AP® teachers deeply familiar with the format of the new exam.
To add some fun and interesting ideas for taking your class beyond the exam, this book includes Critical Thinking Projects at the end of each chapter and unit to prompt students to engage with the course concepts in novel and creative ways.