Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1


  1. Test Analysis
    1. application of the diagnostic guide
    2. review of multiple choice and FRQ 
  2. Political Funding Flow Chart
    1. See me for a copy if you missed this
  • Cram for the Exam (1:46 minute video that aired on C-SPAN on Sunday)
  • Public Policy summation and practice multiple choice questions
    • Summation LINKED HERE
    • Multiple Choice Practice LINKED HERE (answers with explanations listed at the bottom of the document)
  • Albert website link and access code

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review Site Update

I received access to the Albert site and think you should be able to join my "class" using the code listed below.  If you have some time please go on and do some learning.

Class code: BAEENY

Review Session

Here is what we covered at the 4/27 review session--didn't get to the courts and bureaucracy


Wednesday, April 26


  1. Final Exam
  • Prepare for the AP exam--last weekend!
  • I'm still working on access the the Albert site at the moment.  I will update my blog with a post if I'm successful tomorrow.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24


  1. Current Event
  2. Finish going over the final exam review sheet (already linked)
    1. I would recommend finding someone that was in class that can help fill you in if you happen to have missed this
  3. Monetary and Fiscal Policy
    1. We watched a 9:00 crash course video and discussed monetary and fiscal policy
    2. Video is linked above
    3. We discussed the difference between these two, which happens quickly during this video.  Come and see me if you have questions.
HW: prepare for your exam Friday

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, April 21


  1. Current Event
  2. Review and score the FRQ on civil rights/liberties as well as samples
  3. Final exam review sheet (details about the test and content to know linked below)
    1. APGOPO Final Review Sheet
HW: work through your review

Review Session on Congress

Here is the material we reviewed on the afternoon of 4/20.

Congress Review

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wednesday, April 19

My apologies for my absence again today; it was not expected.  I hope the day went well and below I have attached the documents that were hopefully used during the class period.


  1. Civil rights and liberties key terms
    1. In class groups were asked to match the cut up terms with the correct definition using the completed list provided.  The list for reference is LINKED HERE
  2. Civil rights/liberties unit guide, multiple choice, and FRQ
    1. Read the unit guide, which is LINKED HERE. Feel free to print a copy of this to use and mark up if you can since the document you used in class was a class set.
    2. Multiple choice questions are LINKED HERE
HW: You have some reading to do on civil rights and liberties.  The pages are 98-108 There will be no reading quiz on Friday, however if you want a better chance of learning material that likely shows up on an exam I suggest doing it.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17


  1. Paper return
  2. Power point on the bureaucracy

Friday, April 14

Today (Friday) I had a child, and as a result was not in class.  Here is what should have happened and links to the materials that were provided.


  1. Bureaucracy outlines and corresponding questions
  2. Regulating Cigarettes Article/Questions
HW: read pages 457-461 (Section 14.2)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 12


  1. Current event
  2. Finish any remaining court case presentations (8th period we had a lot!)
  3. Supreme Court case quiz
  4. Judicial activism v. judicial restraint (period 8 didn't get to this)
    1. document LINKED HERE
  5. Religion in education (8th didn't get to this either)
    1. We will finish/start this on Friday

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday, April 10


  1. Current Event
  2. Continue SCOTUS case presentations
HW: study your cases for the quiz on Wednesday

Reminder: first review session is tomorrow (4/11) at 2:30

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7

Note: There are now many review materials for the AP exam available and they are linked for you on my review page, which is linked under the textbook link, or can be accessed directly HERE


  1. Current Event
  2. Court Case Presentations
    1. we heard many of the presentations on Supreme Court cases, but also still have many to complete next week.  
    2. Be ready to present Monday if you didn't get a chance to go today
HW: study the blue chart of court cases for the quiz, which is next Wednesday

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, April 5


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz: 486-493
  3. SCOTUS case pre-test (not a graded assignment)
  4. "Key Court Cases" handout
    1. read these and begin memorizing them
    2. quiz on court cases will be next Wednesday (4/12)
    3. document LINKED HERE
  5. Court Case Research
    1. Directions are LINKED HERE
    2. We will present these cases on Friday (please email me a link to your slideshow/share it with me)
    3. If you weren't in class to get a case choose one from the list LINKED HERE
  • Have your court case emailed and be ready to present it on Friday
  • Read section 15.3 (pp. 493-498)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Monday, April 3


  1. Current Event
  2. Discuss/correct answers on questions related to the courts and the bureaucracy (the break assignment)
HW: read sections 15.1 and 15.2 (pages 486-493)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22 & Spring Break


  1. Current Event
  2. Test on the Presidency
    1. see me if you missed this test
Reminder: the deadline for registering for the AP exam is tomorrow (Thursday, March 23)

  • Over the break you are asked to read through the information on the bureaucracy/judiciary and answer the corresponding questions
  • Document is LINKED HERE
  • Questions are LINKED HERE
APGOPO review book
  • I advise that you try and obtain one of these to aid in your exam preparation
  • Here is a link to books for sale on Amazon (used are around $4.00 and new copies are $10.00)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday, March 20


  1. Current Event
  2. Powers of the President PP (roles)
    2. I presented this and asked questions to help clarify.  Use the gold packet to help cross reference this information
  3. President Review Questions
    1. Multiple choice questions we discussed in class
    3. My hope is that the answers will change color if you view in presentation mode, but if they don't here they are in order:
      1. B, C, E, A, D, B, D, E, C, A, C, C, C, E, B

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17


  1. Current Event
  2. President test review sheet
    1. test is next Wednesday
    3. test will be 35 multiple choice questions
  3. Analysis of President Trump's budget proposal
    1. Article and questions should be completed and submitted in Google Classroom
    2. New classrooms to join for second semester:
      1. Period 5 code-- y8ih6z2
      2. Period 7 code-- q1ek8r
      3. Period 8 code-- dvk2g7y
    3. Copy of the assignment is also LINKED HERE
  • Finish article responses (due Monday)
  • Look at the review sheet and begin test preparation
  • Read section 12.6 (pages 406-411)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 15


  1. Current event
  2. Finish questions on the president (from sections 12.3-12.5) 
    1. discussed and turned in
  3. Who's who in the executive branch assignment
    1. questions and roles are LINKED HERE
HW: finish "Who's Who" assignment before Friday

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, March 13


  1. Current Event
  2. Discuss/collect "Informal Powers of the President" handout
  3. Begin working on Questions on the Presidency (12.3-12.5)
    1. We will continue with these on Wednesday (i.e. you will have more time as a group to finish them)
    2. Questions are LINKED HERE
HW: catch up on reading!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8

An odd day with assembly schedule and sophomores completing schedules with counselors.  


  1. Current Event
  2. Informal powers of the president
    1. reading and handout to complete 
    2. see me for these papers (not available to download at the moment)
  • Read sections 12.4 and 12.5 before Monday (pages 393-406) 
    • be prepared in the event there is a reading quiz

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3


  1. Current event
  2. Paper return/grade update
  3. Test corrections
    1. 1/2 point per correction
    2. see me to schedule a time to make corrections if you were absent
  4. Read pages 384-393 and take notes
HW: reading--12.2/12.3 (pp. 384-93)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1


  • Multiple choice section of the Congress test will be returned Friday (test corrections on that day)
  • Forecasting sheets due--turn them in to me if you haven't yet
  • AP test registration
    • Registration window opened today 
    • Must register before March 30 to avoid a late fee
    • Sign up at
    • Pay $64 to the bookkeeper (checks payable to Sprague HS)
    • Free/reduced lunch lowers the fee to $1


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz: 376-83
  3. Finish "Best and Worst Presidents" video
    1. already linked
    2. write a paragraph about the best president in your opinion (provide at least a few reasons to justify your selection)
    3. due on Friday
HW: finish your paragraph about your "best president"

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27


  1. Odds and Ends
    1. forecasting sheets due by tomorrow
  2. Current Event
  3. Best and Worst President
    1. List of traits common among the best/worst Presidents of all time
    2. Begin video on best/worst Presidents (didn't make it very far into the video)
    3. Instructions LINKED HERE
    4. Link to video:
HW: Read section 12.1 if you haven't yet (pages 376-83)

Friday, February 24


  1. Current Event
  2. Exam on Congress
    1. 50 multiple choice and one FRQ
  3. Read section 12.1
HW: Section 12.1 reading (pp. 376-83)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 22


  1. Current event
  2. Discuss answers to the test review sheet (linked on Friday--the pink paper if you got it in class)
  3. Kahoot/password review
HW: Test on the Congress is Friday--study!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday, February 17


  1. Current Event
  2. Key legislation "quiz"
    1. this was done as an assignment and not a quiz
    2. if you missed class complete the assignment using your key legislation handout
    3. assignment is LINKED HERE
  3. Committee structure outline and questions
    1. use the outline provided to answer the eight questions
    2. outline LINKED HERE
    3. questions LINKED HERE
  4. Test review sheet on Congress
    1. test is next Friday
    2. this is a study guide, not an assignment
HW: begin working through the test review sheet

Wednesday, February 15


  1. Current Event
  2. Infographic--peer grade and turn in
  3. Lawmaking process Power Point/notes
  4. Congressional Venn Diagram
    1. We completed this as notes and I provided the correct placement for all items.  There are some new terms here, so if you missed this please ask a friend what they are or check with me.  Know how "logrolling" applies to Congress? Better ask.
  • Read 11.4 if you haven't yet
  • Test on Congress is next Friday (2/24)--review sheet available this Friday
  • Key legislation won't be an actual quiz on this Friday (2/17), but you will complete it as an assignment

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13


  1. Current Event
  2. Infographic work
    1. due Wednesday
    2. incorporate the reading on a bill becoming a law (section 11.4)
  • finish infographic
  • review key legislation sheet
  • read 11.4 (363-69)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, February 10


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz: 350-60
  3. Explanation of AP testing
    1. test is May 4
    2. registration online from March 3-31
    3. fee is $64 payable to Sprague HS (pay the bookkeeper)
    4. fee of $1 if on free/reduced lunch
  4. Infographic work
    1. instructions LINKED HERE
    2. Key Legislation handout distributed, which you may want to use for infographic
      1. LINKED HERE
HW: read through the key legislation handout (there is a quiz on this coming up--likely Friday of next week)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday, February 8


  1. Current Event
  2. Continue and finish bracket of congressional legislation
    1. turn in: bracket, explanations, and information related to your winner (#4 on the instructions)
    2. make sure all group members have their names on your submission
  3. Legislative branch infographic
    1. guidelines LINKED HERE
HW: read pages 350-60 before Friday

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6


  1. Current Event
  2. Reading Quiz: 340-50
  3. "Sweet 16 of Congressional Legislation"
    1. See me for these handouts
    2. Fill out brackets, write a sentence about each match up, follow the instructions once you have a champion
    3. We will continue with this on Wednesday
HW: read section 11.3 before Friday (pages 351-62)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3


  1. Current event
  2. Turn in/complete socratic seminar feedback (see last post for questions)
  3. Power Point/notes on Congress
    1. slideshow LINKED HERE
  4. Redistricting game
    1. go to to play the game
  • read pages 345-51 (section 11.2) and expect a reading quiz on Monday
  • read section 11.1  if you haven't yet (340-45)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 1


  1. Test review--examined questions missed on the first semester final
  2. Finish current event sign up
  3. Executive order and immigration status slide show/explanation
  4. Socratic seminar
    1. Discussion of the executive order limiting entrance to the U.S.
    2. Complete the reflection before Friday, which is LINKED HERE
  • complete the reflection--linked above
  • read pages 340-345

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monday, January 30

Welcome to the first day of the second semester.  This is a fresh start, which for some is a welcome opportunity to reset and for others will hopefully show continued success.  Regardless, I'm glad that all of you are here.


  1. Test Review
    1. A chance to examine the final, see how you scored, and hopefully learn from the questions you missed (the semester is done, but this material will remain important)
  2. Current Event Sign Up
    1. Make sure you get signed up for a date
  3. Preparation for Socratic Seminar on Wednesday
    1. The topic of the seminar will be the Executive Order on travel restrictions issued by President Trump
    2. Below I have linked a variety of articles for you to look at.  Some are from a more liberal perspective and come conservative, which was intentional.  Read as many of them as you can to educate yourself on the issue and come to class with some evidence that you are ready to be an active participant in our discussion.
    3. Evidence can consist of printed out articles that are marked up/ highlighted or notes, facts, and arguments connected to the issue at hand
Links (in no particular order--part of this exercise is you determining the source and it's credibility)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, January 18


  1. Political party questions
    1. check off objectives 1 and 2 to see that they are done
    2. finish the other objectives (3, 4, 5) before Friday
    3. assignment was linked on Friday
  2. Test corrections
    1. corrections can be made in class today and need to be done by Friday at 2:30
  3. Final exam review materials
    1. review guide for interest groups, political parties, and the media (yellow packet) LINKED HERE
    2. Review sheet (pink paper)--specific questions connected to the final LINKED HERE
  • political party questions due Friday (Objectives 1-5)
  • final review is recommended (not just the day before the final)
  • any missing work is due by FRIDAY AT 2:30

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13


  1. Discuss interest groups and turn in interest group assignment
    1. cover crash court answers and FRQ scoring
    2. interest group investigation was extra credit if you already did it
  2. Test corrections
    1. test was out of 75 points (1.5 points per question x 50 questions)
    2. 1/2 point per test correction (added to total / 75)
  3. Political party assignment/reading guide
    1. assignment is LINKED HERE
    2. written definitions for terms are optional
    3. complete objectives 1 & 2 by Wednesday---I would encourage you to work beyond this if you have the ability to do so
HW: political party questions (objectives 1 & 2)

Wednesday, January 11

Snow Day

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, January 9


  1. Current Event (periods 5 & 8)
    1. make sure you schedule an event date if you have yet to present this semester
  2. Test Return
  3. Interest Group Work
    1. Time was given to work on interest group tasks
    2. Definitions, Crash Course Questions, and FRQ should be done before Wednesday's class
    3. Time will be given Wednesday to look at individual interest groups (i.e. the task on the back of the paper)
HW: interest group tasks

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6


  1. Political Beliefs and Behaviors Test
  2. Begin Interest Group Tasks
    1. Guidelines are LINKED HERE
    2. Should have at least the definitions completed before Monday
HW: interest group definitions

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4


  1. Today we reviewed for your test on Political Beliefs and Behaviors, which is scheduled for Friday.  Review materials have already been linked, but below I've attempted to add some additional resources.  There will be no FRQ for this exam, which was announced in class.
Additional Resources:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Test Update

I made my first attempt at a group email via Synergy a few minutes ago and below I've copied the communication that I hope you received.  Hope you're all doing well and I'll see you soon.

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a great break and are feeling rested as we head into the last few weeks of the semester.  Hopefully you are aware that you were supposed to have a test covering our Political Beliefs and Behaviors unit on Wednesday of this week.  I am going to move the date of that test to Friday with the hope that everyone is better prepared and receives an adequate review of the material covered.  Given the abnormal end of the week preceding break 7th and 8th period classes did not receive a review, which I believe puts them at a decided disadvantage.  On Wednesday you can expect a bit of grade reconciliation and a review.  I would still recommend that you put some effort into preparing for the exam prior to Wednesday's class and pay specific attention to the review sheet that you should have in your possession.  

We have a lot to cover in the remaining weeks of the semester and I hope you are all ready to put in some effort to make it happen.  Happy New Year!