Important Message about AP Exam

On April 1, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Hello AP Gov Testers and Families!

I am sure you’re heard by now that the AP Test will look very different this year! It will be 45 minutes online at home and only FRQs. I have been posting reviews and practices at so you can be 100% ready for it in May! 

I need all of the students to take this very short survey about the AP Test regarding technology access by Thursday:

If you no longer want to take the AP Test for any reason, they are issuing a full refund with no penalties! Please email Ms. Cassutt ( and she can help you with that process. 

Make sure you can get into the AP Classroom and check out what materials have been released from last year’s test. I’ll have plenty more for you soon!

Hope everyone is healthy and staying busy – keep washing those hands! 

Mr. Waddell
AP Unites States Government and Politics 
AP World History

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Civil Liberties Lecture

On March 30, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Here are the lecture notes for ch 4. I will be holding an online chat on Wednesday that is open to everyone. Check your remind texts for the exact time and login information.

Civil Liberties Lecture Notes

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Civil Liberties Readings

On March 30, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Here are the readings for Civil Liberties.  Please answer the following questions and email the responses to This assignment is due by April 5, at 11:59 pm.

Anti-Federalist 84
1. Brutus argues that states have something that the federal government does not, what is it?
2. What is seen is a 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?

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?

The Bill of Rights
For the Bill of Rights, have a basic understanding of each amendment.

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Civil Liberties-Study Guide

On March 30, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Here is a study guide for ch 4-Civil Liberties. This study guide will cover everything you need to understand Civil Liberties. The study guide also has the court cases that you need to know for the AP Exam and possible final exam. This study guide is for your use.

Civil Liberties Prep

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Week of 3/30

On March 30, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

This week we will be covering Ch 4. The chapter deals with Civil Liberties and public policy. This chapter covers pages 98 to 143. During the week there will be several assignments posted along with a quick quiz. All the work along with the quiz will be due on Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 pm.

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Information Update 3/27

On March 27, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Hi Students,

Even though we are in 4th quarter, it is important to take time now to raise quarter 3 grades no matter what grade you currently have.  Everyone can participate in this! Please check StudentVue for the most updated Q3 grade.

What can you do?

1. Do any of the assignments that will help increase grade.  Check for assignments, if they are not there, email me.

2. Email me if you have a quiz/test grade you are unhappy with and I’ll be happy to help you earn more points to increase it!

We have until Friday, April 3rd for any missing/make-up work. Don’t wait till the last minute! 

There will be new for credit assignments starting Monday … along with lots and lots of AP Test prep activities! 
I will be holding office hours starting on Friday at 9:00 am and again at 1:00 pm.  I will also be using a variety of video apps  where we can chat screen to screen – standby for updates.

Hope you are all staying healthy and washing those hands! 

Mr. Waddell


Tips for Online Learning Success

On March 26, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell

Set up a dedicated work  space used only for school work                                                               

Create a schedule for yourself and try to stick to it.

Stay active! Get away from computer and stretch.  Check online for home exercise  tutorials.

Take breaks. You will perform better when you allow yourself some time away.

Banish distractions. Turn off your phone.  Unplug the TV.                                           

Ask for help.  Chances are you aren’t the only one with the same question.

Check with your local internet provider.  Many are offering free internet access for a limited time.

Take notes, whether digitally or traditionally, note taking helps you retain new information.

Jump in with both feet.   Interact and collaborate with other students and faculty early and often. 


Thank you to the Sun Devil Campus Stores for these tips.


Current Event-Supreme Court

On March 18, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

You are to find a current event that deals with the Supreme Court.  It could be a current case that you find interesting.  It could be something about the justices, or a case that is on the docket for later this year. Use the form provided to complete the assignment.  A word version is included to be completed and emailed or a pdf version to print and turn in.

Current Event-PDF

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Supreme Court Reading

On March 18, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the following questions.

Marbury v Madison

1. Chief Justice Marshall recognized that all three branches of the government take oaths to uphold the Constitution. Why, then, did he feel that it is the responsibility of the courts to determine ultimately whether or not a law is unconstitutional when it is challenged in a case and controversy?
2. Why, according to Marshall, is the Constitution superior to any ordinary act of the legislature?

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Federalist #78

On March 18, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Please read Federalist #78 and answer the following the questions.

Federalist #78

  1. SUMMARIZE the reading. (3-4 sentences) 
  2. On what grounds does Hamilton argue that the judicial department of government is the least powerful branch of government? 
  3. Why do you suppose that Hamilton was so careful to point out the relative impotence of the judiciary? 
  4. What was Hamilton’s position regarding the power of the judiciary to declare void any legislative acts that were contrary to the Constitution? 
  5. Why does Hamilton consider the independence of the judiciary to be a vital component of constitutional government? 
  6. What arguments does Hamilton use to support life tenure for judges? 
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