Congress Project

On April 22, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

The instructions for the project are below.  You will need to find a committee that interests you such as education, veteran’s affairs or the budget.  You will use this committee to answer several  questions.  Your final product will be in paper form.  

Congress Project

Congress Rubric

List of Congress Committees

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Required Court Cases

On April 18, 2019, in Information, by lwaddell

Here are the required court cases for AP.

McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
United States v. Lopez (1995)
Engel v. Vitale (1962)
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969)
New York Times Co. v. United States (1971)
Schenck v. United States (1919)
Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
Roe v. Wade (1973)
McDonald v. Chicago (2010)
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)
Baker v. Carr (1961)
Shaw v. Reno (1993)
​Marbury v. Madison (1803)

Oyez is a website that has opinions and audio from the oral arguments for each court case, well no audio from Marbury v Madison, but you get the idea.

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AP Exam Review Packet

On April 18, 2019, in Information, by lwaddell

Here is a review packet for the AP Exam. This packet is courtesy of Mr. Falkowski from Vernon Township High School.

AP Exam Review Packet

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Congress Readings

On April 15, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

For the readings below answer the questions and email your responses to

The Federalist Papers 53, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63

1. How do the authors of The Federalist explain the different terms of office for the House and the Senate?

2. According to the theory of The Federalist,  how does the Constitution bring about a system of checks and balances between the House and the Senate?

3. What are the primary functions of the legislature to be according to The Federalist?

Congress: The Electoral Connection

 1. Define and give an example of advertising.

2. Define and give examples of credit claiming.

3. Define and give examples of position-taking.

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Current Event-Congress

On April 15, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

The current event today will be Congress.  You will be completing two current events, one for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate.  Both current events are due at the end of the class session.  They may be handwritten or typed.

Current Event Form

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Discussion Post

On April 2, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

There is a new discussion post. This post deals with your civil rights and liberties and how much power does the government need. Be sure to post on separate days to earn all the points possible. This post will close on April 5 at 11:59 pm.

Discussion Post #4

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Griswold Assignment

On March 28, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Griswold v Connecticut
1.Can a right be fundamental yet not enumerated in the Constitution?
2. Should the state ever have an interest in the relationships and actions between consenting adults?  In what instances?

Supreme Court Brief of Griswold-oral arguments are available to listen to.

PBS Landmark Cases

Heritage Foundation-be sure to read this.  It looks at Justice Stewart’s dissent.

Current Event-Civil Liberties

On March 27, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

This  current event can be about anything in the government that relates to civil liberties.  This involves anything related to the Bill of Rights.

There is a new format for current events. One, they must be typed. Two, they are going to require a bit more thought and analysis on your part. Please read the attached guidelines to ensure that your current event is eligible for full credit.

AP Government Current Events Guidelines
AP Government Current Event Rubric

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Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Readings

On March 27, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here are the readings for Civil Liberties and Rights.  Please email your responses to

Anti-Federalist 84

  1. Brutus argues that states have something that the federal government does not, what is it?
  2. What is seen as the major failure of the federal Constitution?

Justice Holmes

  1. Explain the clear and present danger test.
  2. What did Holmes do in Abrams v United States that differed in Schenck v United States?

Plessy v Ferguson

  1. Explain the separate but equal doctrine.
  2.  Discuss the impact of this decision on society in the early 1900’s.