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Mr.  Timothy  Gardner
AP U.S. History, AP Psychology, Dual Credit U.S. History II, AP U.S. Gov't. & Politics, AP MacroEconomics
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Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics


 Textbook:   designated in the Syllabus as TEXT

Edwards, George C., Martin P. Wattenberg, and Robert L. Lineberry.  Government in America:  People, Politics, and Policy.  New York:  Pearson Longman 11th ed


Supplemental Texts/Readers

Ann Serow & Everett C. Ladd.  The LANAHAN READINGS in the American Polity, Baltimore:  Lanahan, Fourth Edition 2007 Designated in the Syllabus as POLITY

Matthews, Chris.  Hardball.  New York:  Touchstone 1988




Students will also receive some readings as handouts these will be designated as handout on the course syllabus.

Recommended Supplies:
            Three Ring binder
>            College Ruled loose-leaf paper
            Black Ink Pens (no other is acceptable)
            Computer with internet Access
            #2 pencils for scan-tron tests


Course Description: 

Advanced Placement U.S. Government is a one semester, intensive study of American Government and Politics.  Students will gain an analytical perspective of the American Political system with focus on institutions, policies, and beliefs.  This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement U.S. Government exam to be given in May.   Many colleges give credit hours to students who do well on this exam.


Grading Policy: This is a weighted course.

9 weeks Grading Rules                                             Semester Grading Rules
Unit Tests and Projects                                 40%    1st 9 weeks grade      40%
Quizzes, Class work, and Homework            30%    2nd 9 weeks grade     40%
Class Participation                                         10%    Semester Exam          20%
9 weeks exam                                                 20%

Student Knowledge will be evaluated in a number of ways.
1.  Paper and pencil tests consisting of multiple choice questions and open response
2.  Projects:  including book reviews, interviews, research projects, debates etc…

3.  Oral questioning in the classroom setting

4.  Socratic seminar

5.  Classroom participation

Course Goals and Objectives:

Major Course Topics

I.  Constitutional Underpinnings of United States government

II.  Political Beliefs and Behaviors

III.  Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media

IV.  Institutions of National Government

V.  Public Policy

VI.  Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


This is a college credit course.  Students are expected to do all readings in preparation for class.  Students are also expected to attend class daily.  Students who are absent are responsible for all assignments that were missed. 


The AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam will be held in early May.  Students are

responsible for the cost of this exam.  The exam costs $82.00.  A $13.00 deposit on this exam is due on Feb. 15

For more information on the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Exam please go to
Makeup Work and Absences:

Regular and punctual attendance at all scheduled classes is required of all students and is regarded as essential to course credit.  Three tardies will count as one absence.

1.      If a student is absent, he/she is responsible for ALL WORK missed on that day and the assignment due for the next class.  Certain class work grades cannot be made up, and the student will receive a zero for missed work unless the absence is excused.

2.      Late work is unacceptable in an AP class.  All assignments are due at the beginning of the period.  You will receive no credit for work turned in after this time.

3.      If you are ill for an extended period, you will be given a period of time to complete your

work.  The instructor will determine the time allotted on a case by case basis.  You will

sign a make up work contract that will explain that if the work is not completed in the

given time, you will receive a zero

Format for Presentation of Work:

  1. In the upper right hand corner of student papers should be the following information:  student name, date, and assignment.
  2. Typed papers should be in Times New Roman, Arial, or another easy to read font.  Size 10 or 12 font is acceptable. 
  3. Handwritten papers should be in  black ink on the front side only of college ruled paper.  I will return illegible papers unread with a score of 0.  Papers written in pencil will result in a 10% deduction in the grade for the assignment.
  4. APA is the acceptable format for documentation.

Conduct and Behavior:

  1. I value honesty and integrity in my students.  It is expected that students in the Advanced Placement program will not lie, cheat, plagiarize, or steal.  If a student is

caught engaging in any of the above listed offenses, they will at least be given a 0 on

The assignment, and quite possibly be removed from the class

  1. Students in AP Government become a team of learners and leaders, readers , writers, and educators .  If we all do not commit to the class, to our peers, and to ourselves, the class will not succeed.  Success takes us all. 
  2. Doing enough to “slip by” is not enough.  Average work is “C” work, no better.  Do not expect to get an “A” in this class if you do not prepare, participate, and perform to your very best.
  3. This class is just as important as Theatre, Band, Chorus, Peer Counseling, and Journalism.  Do not ask to leave my class to complete work for another class or club.

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