Current Event-Update

On February 22, 2019, in Assignments, Information, by lwaddell

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

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Marbury v Madison

On February 21, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

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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Brutus #1

On February 21, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

One of the documents that AP is asking you to read and understand is Brutus #1. The link below has the reading and four questions. Please read and answer the four questions at the bottom.

Brutus #1 and questions

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Political Socialization Project

On February 14, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

There are many ways that one learns about politics.  This unit is looking at how you gain this knowledge and how you use it.  In your groups answer the following questions.

  1. Discuss how the following impact your knowledge of politics. Which is the most important? Which is the least important?  Is there one or two that are not on the list?  If so, add them and discuss how they add or don’t add to your political knowledge.






Social Class



  1. The media plays a large role in everyone’s life. Using State of The Union Address that took place on February 5, see how the following media outlets covered the speech. When looking at the outlets pay close attention to what they say about the terms in question 1.  Explain the view of each outlet, do you notice any bias?  Is there any outlet that you felt was unbiased?  Here is a transcript of the speech to use as a reference-State of the Union speech

The Washington Post

National Public Radio

Fox News



The Huffington Post

  1. One way to find out how people think about politics is to ask. In your group, come up with five questions that we could ask. You are creating a mini survey.  Here are several web sites that specialize in surveys.  You can also use these sites to look at the terms in question 1

Gallup Poll

Polling Report

Rasmussen Reports

The final product may be created using various formats.  You may use Word, Google slides, Google Docs, PowerPoint to name a few.  Be sure to answer each question fully, using complete sentences when necessary.  Each group should include no more than 4 people.

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James Madison and Federalist #10

On February 8, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

There are several documents to know, and Federalist #10 is one of them.  Madison discusses factions and how to deal with them.  You will find Federalist #10 and a series of questions to help you understand the document.  These questions are due at the beginning of the next class period.

Federalist #10

Federalist #10 Guided Questions

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Federalism Project

On February 1, 2019, in Assignments, by lwaddell

You and a partner are to read the attachment below. Once you have read through the PowerPoint, you and partner will select one of the issues and complete the tasks that are assigned. This assignment will be due the next class period.

Modern Federalism Project