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AP® Government & Politics

Workshop Description

This course is designed to help both new and experienced teachers organize/reorganize an AP® course in U.S. Government and Politics (GOPO), select appropriate materials, determine course content, provide techniques and strategies for teaching the course, and provide a better understanding of the AP® exam.

The focus of the institute will be the redesigned AP® GOPO course which went into effect during the 2018-2019 academic year. With the introduction of the new AP® GOPO Curriculum Framework and Exam, teachers will focus on:

  • AP® GOPO Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Processes

  • Big Ideas in AP® GOPO

  • Course Units Institute

Goals of the Institute

  • Familiarize participants with the redesigned AP® U.S. GOPO Course and the additional resources provided by the College Board (NOTE: NEW online resources will be available summer 2019)

  • Assist participants in preparing an AP® GOPO Syllabus for the Course Audit

  • Examine a bibliography of materials that can be used and how to incorporate these materials effectively

  • Review essential political skills (disciplinary practices and reasoning processes) and develop lesson plans which incorporate those skills

  • Explore the 5 units of the new course and suggest methods of organizing course content

  • Demonstrate strategies to use in the classroom and writing practices to prepare students to write the redesigned free-response essays

  • Develop assessments which measure student progress for the redesigned exam.

Tentative Agenda

Day 1

Understanding the Course

Welcome to U.S, Government and Politics / Orientation and Introductions, Questions and Concerns / Participant Poll

Why a Redesign? / Equity and Access

College Board Materials/Pamela Lamb’s Materials/Google Drive

Understanding the Course Framework

Integrating Skills and Content: The Practice of Political Science

Understanding the Unit Guides

Spiraling and Scaffolding

Unit Focus: Unit 1- Foundations of Democracy

Day 2

Planning Your Course

Planning your course

Instructional Approaches

The National Constitution Center

Reading and Analyzing the Required Documents

Analyzing and Interpreting Visuals

Unit Focus: Unit 2- Interactions among Branches of Government

Day 3

Teaching the Course

Analyzing and Comparing Supreme Court Cases

Analyzing Quantitative Data

Connect and Apply Concepts

Writing an Argument Essay

Unit Focus: Unit 3- Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Unit Focus: Unit 4- American Political Culture and Beliefs

Unit Focus: Unit 5- Political Participation

Day 4

Pulling It All Together

Formative and Summative Assessment and Activities

Applied Learning: The Political Science Research or Applied Civics Project

The AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam

Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development

Favorite Lessons and Best Practices

Wrap Up and What’s Next?

What Participants Should Bring:

  • copy of audit syllabus (if available)

  • copy of classroom syllabus, including scope and sequence

  • district/school academic calendar for 2019-2020

  • copy of textbook currently they currently use or plan to use

  • laptop/tablet to access the internet

  • flash-drive to download and share materials

  • a favorite lesson to share

  • a best practice to share

  • comfortable clothes and shoes for walking in the summer heat

  • a light sweatshirt or sweater in case you get chilly in the AC

Consultant Bio

Pamela Lamb taught AP U.S. Government and Politics and Macroeconomics at Del Rio High School in Del Rio, Texas. She also taught Dual Credit U.S. Government through Angelo State University and Dual Credit Macroeconomics through Southwest Texas Junior College. She holds a B.A. in history and a M.A. in both history and political science. She has been teaching for thirty-four years, twenty-nine in AP. Ms. Lamb also taught history and political science classes at Southwest Texas Junior College and Sul Ross State University, Rio Grande College.

Ms. Lamb has served as a reader, table leader and question leader at the U.S. Government and Politics AP reading. Ms. Lamb has been a workshop consultant for the Southwest Regional Office of the College Board since 1994, conducting AP workshops across the United States. She received the Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Southwest Region in 2000. She has been recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers numerous times, received the Harvard Book Club Award and was a HEB Excellence in Teaching semi-finalist in 2008. Ms. Lamb is the author of McGraw-Hill’s 5 Steps to a 5: AP* U.S. Government and Politics.


Course Information:

June 25 - June 28, 2019

Tuesday - Friday

8:00AM - 5:00PM

UTSA Downtown Campus

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