Declaration of Independence Reading

On August 12, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Read the Declaration of Independence and answer the following questions:
1. What original or novel thoughts were presented by Jefferson in the Declaration?
2. Compare the theory of government defended in the Declaration with the doctrines of Locke.
3. Who does the Declaration give more rights to the state or national government?
4. What is the proper function of government, according to the Declaration, and why had George III violated his right to rule over the American colonies?

Declaration of Independence

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Locke and Hobbes

On August 9, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here are two readings about John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.  Be sure to be able to cite differences between Locke and Hobbes.

John Locke

Thomas Hobbes

This site does a nice job comparing Locke and Hobbes.

Locke vs Hobbes

Here is Locke’s Second Treatise of Government.  This is an important document that helped shape American government.

Second Treatise of Government

When you have completed reading the Second Treatise, answer the following questions:
1. How does John Locke describe the state of nature?
2. Why do people leave the state of nature and join a political society by establishing a government?
3. Under what conditions can government be dissolved?

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Current Event #1

On August 6, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

This is our first current event. For the current event you will find a story that relates to the topic assigned. For the first current event, you will find a story that is related to the gun control/2nd amendment. The story can come from any reputable source. Sources such as New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR to name a few are good places to look.

The second current event can be about anything else in the government. A court case, someone exercising their 1st amendment rights, to give a few examples. The assignment is due at the beginning of the next class period.

Current Event-instructions

Current Event-Form

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Discussion Post #1

On August 5, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Discussion Post #1 is now open. Be sure to review the rubric to see how points are earned. This post asks for you to reflect on the main problem facing the government at this moment.

Discussion Post #1

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Remind Texts

On August 5, 2019, in Information, by lwaddell

Here is the information on how to sign up for text alerts for the class.

Remind Texts Sign-Up

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On July 17, 2019, in Uncategorized, by lwaddell

Welcome to the AP US Government and Politics website. We will be using this site in conjunction with Schoology, be sure to look at both. This site is very fluid and active. Take a look around at the pages. Inquiry will be all about exams and quizzes.  Papers has everything else you need to be successful in class. Have a great year.