Presentation on theme: "AP US & AP Comparative Government at WSHS"— Presentation transcript:
1 AP US & AP Comparative Government at WSHS Elizabeth Jackson-PettineHandouts 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 GovernmentHonors US/VA GovernmentAP US Government and PoliticsAP 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 StatesUnderstand major political concepts, themes, and generalizationsUnderstand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequencesBe able to compare and contrast political institutions and processes and to derive generalizations from themBe 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 IranExamine political institutionsExplain differences in processes & policy outcomesEmphasize the importance of global political and economic changeUnderstand of the strengths and weaknesses of the different political systemsCompare and contrast developed, nearly developed and developing countriesWe cover the US Government approximately the first 4 months of the class and the comparative countries the second 4 months of the class, with some of the information interspersed throughout. Students have done well on both exams and the pass rate for the comparative class was 92% in 2009 with most students receiving 4s and 5s. Students will become “experts” in one of the comparative countries and undertake a comprehensive project in that country during the spring. Since we cover twice as much information as the AP Government class, it is a fast-paced class that should only be undertaken by students who are advanced academically and eager to challenge themselves. It is especially suitable for students interested in international affairs, political science and current events in the outside world.
5 How is AP US different than AP Comp Govt? US courseComparative courseGood for general AP studentEquivalent to 1 college semester of US govtUS-centricSlower paced, more long-term projects/simulationsSome current events@1 hour of hmwk/classOne AP examNo summer assignmentGood for advanced AP student1 college semester of US govt & one semester comparativ govtWorld-centricFaster paced, more short term projects/simulationsLots of current events@1-2 hours of homework/classTwo AP examsSummer reading assignment & short essaysJohn Micklethwait The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race To Reinvent The State
6 AP Exams in May: AP Exams AP US Government AP Comparative Government 45 Minutes – 60 MC Questions100 Minutes – 4 Free Response Essay Questions (FRQs)AP Comparative Government45 Minutes – 55 MC Questions100 Minutes – 5 Short Responseand 3 FRQsInsert a map of your country.
7 Contact InformationIf you have any questions regarding either course, please contact Elizabeth Jackson at