- Class Policies
- Class Blog December 2012 - February 2013
- Summer 2012 Assignments
- Class Blog April 22 - June 2013
- Class Blog February 5, 2013 - April
- Summer 2012 Blog Posts
- Class Blog Fall 2012
- Current Issues 2012 Blog
- Assignments 1st Marking Period
- Assignments Second Marking Period
- Assignments Third Marking Period 2013
- Assignments 4th Marking Period 2013
- Elections 2012
- AP US Government Blog
- Political Cartoons
- Political Typologies
- Philadelphia Government
- Pennsylvania Government
- U.S. Government - 3 Branches and Constitution
- U.S. Government - HIstory of and current Issues
- International Organizations / Comparative government
- Student Video Production
- AP US Government Theme Videos
- Furness Falcon
- AP US Gov't Theme Videos 2012
Class Policies and Expectations
pencil / pen
3 ring binder with 5 dividers
· Homework …...15%
· Research Projects/ Writing assignments……40%
Your binder is very important for AP US Government! You will keep a 3 ring binder with (a) class notes/ class handouts, (b) homework assignments / vocabulary lists, (c) quizzes/ tests, (d) contemporary issues, (e) Supreme Court Cases, The notebook will be checked for completeness. Your notebook will include other written assignments.
Attendance, punctuality, and class participation are essential to doing well in class. You are responsible to find out what you missed and make up assignments. All assignments will be posted at the class web site.
Cooperation is integral to the class. You will often work together in cooperative teams. You may also work cooperatively on homework assignments. If you work together on homework, include the names of your partners on the assignment. (Each student must turn in their own assignment). On individual, graded assignments, if it is obvious that you copied another student’s work, I will return the assignment for the you to rewrite.
All assignments other than Cornell Notes/homework packets, must be typed or emailed. Assignments to a blog post will obviously be posted on the blog site.
Homework will be assigned weekly. One day late – 10% off; 2 days late – 20% off; not accepted more than 2 days late. If you have an excused absence (e.g. sick, death in the family), you may turn in the assignment on the day you return.
Projects will be assigned each marking period. Writing assignments will be assigned each month. All assignments must be typed. You may email assignments or be asked to post them on our class blog. Late assignments will be penalized as follows: 1 day late: -10%; 2 days late: -20%; 3 days late: - 50%. I will not accept anything more than 4 days late.
If you have an excused absence (e.g. sick, death in the family) and the assignment was given BEFORE you were absent, it is due the day you return. If the assignment was given while you were absent 2 or more days, you have up to TWO days following the due date to turn in the assignment without penalty.
Tests If you miss a test, the test must be taken one day after returning form an excused medical / family emergency absence. Quizzes must be taken on the day you return to class.
Revision & reflection are also integral to the class. If you turn in a project or written assignment that is incomplete or predominantly off-track, I will include suggestions with the rubric for improving the assignment. We will agree to a new due date. You will be expected to revise tests if you have incorrect answers. The deadline is set for all test corrections. You must follow the directions to receive any credit. I do not give extra credit. You may improve your grade with revisions and test corrections.