2016-17 AP Government Syllabus
The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.
Grading Scale
Grades will be point based. They are broken down across 4 major categories:

40% - Tests/Quizzes
30% - Class work/homework
20% - Reading Homework Quizzes
10% - Participation – Both formal and informal

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Chromebooks/Technology
Almost all class work and projects will be completed using our class set of Chromebooks. It is also strongly encouraged (though not required) that you complete all homework using the technological tools of the class.

Some components of this class require access to the internet outside of class time. If access to the internet outside of class is an issue please see me. We will arrange time at lunch or outside of the school day.

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Testing
ALL multiple choice testing for this class will be online and primarily will happen outside of class on your own time. Test corrections are required and will benefit your grade.

ALL reading for this class will be tested using short online quizzes that will happen outside of class on your own time. Reading notes are NOT REQUIRED, but strongly encouraged.

Participation
Participation, or the act of thoughtfully expressing yourself, is a critical part of this class. Your participation grade will include both formal and informal components. Formal participation may include class presentations or group work. Informal participation includes both how often the student speaks and interacts with me in a positive manner (such as answering a question) and how a student comports him or herself in class.
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Classroom Rules
There are 4 rules in this class:

1. Be Professional
2. Be Attentive
3. Be Respectful
4. Be Studious

If your actions in class in any way violate the above rules, then you will be given an appropriate consequence. These can include a warning, a phone call home, a home visit, or other formal procedures.

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Absence and Tardy Policies
The tardy and absence policies outlined in your student handbook will be strictly followed. To highlight:

Absences must be excused through the attendance secretary. Each unexcused absence will result in a “0” for any activities on that day. Students with excused absences will be expected to contact their fellow students regarding work missed. 2 or more unexcused absences during a 6 week grading period will result in a ‘U’ citizenship grade.

The citizenship grade on the 4th tardy in class during a grading period would be no higher than an “N.” Any additional tardies in the grading period would result in a “U.” Excessive tardiness may result in other consequences and disciplinary actions.

Plagiarism
The Academic Honesty policy outlined in your student handbook will be strictly followed. To summarize, plagiarism and cheating will simply not be tolerated. If a student is suspected of plagiarism or cheating then they will receive a “0” for the assignment in question, home will be called, and a referral written.
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Communication
It is important to have constantly open lines of communication between the teacher, parents, and students. The best way to contact me is by email- I will usually answer the same day. Also, I will be posting homework and reminders on my school calendar. Finally, if a student has a ‘D’ grade for an extended period of time in my class they can expect a phone call to parents. I welcome parent contact and questions, and look forward to hearing from many of you.
How to do well in an AP Class
Our goal for this class is simple: for you to take and pass the AP Government test in May with a grade of 3 or better. The amount of material and reading we must cover to make this goal achievable is enormous- but possible. You MUST work hard, be proactive, keep up on your reading and notes, and come to class ready to think, consider, and learn. This is a fun and unique course- but only if you are actively participating with a knowledgeable voice. Together we can make this a memorable experience- lets do it!
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