Niswonger Online & AP Access for ALL Course Syllabus
AP United States Government and Politics
Study the key concepts and institutions of the political system and culture of the United States. You'll read, analyze, and discuss the U.S. Constitution and other documents as well as complete a research or applied civics project.
If you have course related questions such as questions about due dates, assignment directions, lesson material, etc. please contact your instructor immediately via Canvas message (if courses have started) or via direct email (if courses have not started). Your instructor's email and name can be found after logging in by clicking on Course Information or can be found on the homepage of your course after classes begin.
After courses begin, all communications between instructor and student should happen from Canvas Messaging.
If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with your account please visit https://niswongeronline.com/questions/ to submit a trouble ticket or contact:
Mr. Chris Dotson
Technology Support Lead, Niswonger Online & APAA
You can also visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions: https://niswongeronline.com/student-help-resources/
For other concerns that have not been addressed by your teacher or by our Technology Support Team contact:
Dr. Gina Pavlovich Mrs. Samatha DeBord
Director AP Access for ALL & Niswonger Online Assistant Director, AP Access for ALL
**NOTE that ONLY your school Counselor or local Administrator can request a course change or drop. No one within the APAA program can approve this.**
This course has a total of 45 assignments that students are required to complete. All assignments for the week are due Friday. Any assignments not completed by the course checkpoints or final course due date will become a 0%. There are 4 module exams, each two parts (multiple choice & free response) covering the material from the readings, PowerPoints, and other materials in the modules. It is in your best interest to read ALL the materials in the modules to best prepare for these exams.
Module 1: Foundations of American Democracy
Module 2: Interactions AMong BRanches of Government
Module 3: Civil LIberties & Civil Rights
Module 4: American POlitical Ideologies & Beliefs
Module 5: Political Participation
The course has four categories of graded assignments. Regardless of weight, all assignments are expected to be completed by the due dates. Just completing assignments is not your only task. Use the feedback from your teacher to adjust/improve your work to better prepare for the AP Exam in May. THe coursework is designed to mimic the types of questions you will encounter on the exam and incorporating teacher feedback is crucial for a greater chance at earning a score of 3 or more.l
Assignments & Quizzes: 45% Module Exams: 30%
Segment Exams: 15% Class Discussions: 10%
AP Access for ALL Late Work Policy
At Niswonger Online and the AP Access for ALL program, we understand the importance of meeting deadlines and developing strong time management skills. To maintain consistency and encourage timely submissions, we have established a firm late work policy. Please click below to review this policy:
Viewing Grades and Feedback in Canvas
Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to your Canvas Grade Book. Click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your grades and feedback.
Your teacher will update the online grades each time a due date has passed. Check back for updated grades and feedback 3-4 days after submission.
It is also important to read or view all feedback given by your teacher. This is how a student will grow within the course. Feedback can be viewed from your Canvas gradebook by clicking on the small icon- out from your numerical grade.
Commit to Integrity
As a student in this course, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism and integrity.
Cheating is “the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.”
Plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”
Niswonger Online Plagiarism Policy
All students will be asked to read the Niswonger Online plagiarism policy and complete an assignment to show understanding BEFORE any work in the course can be accessed or completed. The plagiarism policy and corresponding assignment is linked in the second module, labeled Academic Integrity, within each course. Go to APAA Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Policy to view the plagiarism policy without logging into the course.
If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your teacher know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your teacher when difficulties arise during the semester so that we can help you find a solution.
All assignments for this course will be submitted electronically through Canvas unless otherwise instructed. If you have any trouble submitting your assignment in Canvas you should contact your teacher or the Niswonger Online Technology team immediately.
Course Enrollment and Drops
Students can only be enrolled in a Niswonger Online course by their home high school’s counselor, AP Liaison, or administrator.
Course drops can only be approved by school personnel (counselor, AP Liaison, or administrator). Online teachers, the APAA director, or APAA Assistant Director cannot approve any course changes. Each school has its own policy on when a student may drop their online course. Please see your school counselor or administrator if you have any questions about this.