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1 AP US & AP Comparative Government at WSHS Elizabeth Jackson-Pettine Handouts are in the front, please take one!

2 Government Choices at WSHS All seniors are required to take a one year course in government, the choices at WSHS are: US/VA Government Honors US/VA Government AP US Government and Politics AP US and Comparative Government and Politics

3 AP US Government Overview The goals of AP US Government are for students to: Know important facts pertaining to the government and politics of the United States Understand major political concepts, themes, and generalizations Understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences Be able to compare and contrast political institutions and processes and to derive generalizations from them Be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to government and politics

4 Comparative Course Overview Through AP US Government & Comparative Government we aim to: Study the governments of the US, UK, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria and Iran Examine political institutions Explain differences in processes & policy outcomes Emphasize the importance of global political and economic change Understand of the strengths and weaknesses of the different political systems Compare and contrast developed, nearly developed and developing countries

5 How is AP US different than AP Comp Govt? US course Good for general AP student Equivalent to 1 college semester of US govt US-centric Slower paced, more long- term projects/simulations Some current events @1 hour of hmwk/class One AP exam No summer assignment Comparative course Good for advanced AP student 1 college semester of US govt & one semester comparativ govt World-centric Faster paced, more short term projects/simulations Lots of current events @1-2 hours of homework/class Two AP exams Summer reading assignment & short essays

6 AP Exams AP Exams in May: AP US Government 45 Minutes – 60 MC Questions 100 Minutes – 4 Free Response Essay Questions (FRQs) AP Comparative Government 45 Minutes – 55 MC Questions 100 Minutes – 5 Short Response and 3 FRQs

7 Contact Information If you have any questions regarding either course, please contact Elizabeth Jackson at ejacksonpett@fcps.edu


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