Unit 1: American Constitutional Government
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United States Government
Unit 1: American Constitutional Government Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in the Wilson text
The AP student’s primary responsibility is to read each day’s assigned section of the textbook and to have a solid grasp of the main ideas, concepts, and terminology in that section. Each class period may begin with a quiz that evaluates the student’s understanding of the material. The teacher’s role is to clarify the significance of the readings, concepts, and terms and to facilitate a discussion of the material that enhances student understanding. If the student does not fully understand a term or concept, he/she must ask in class. Note: The questions labeled “FD” (For Discussion) below will not be asked on a quiz; however, these questions may form the basis of a class discussion, so students should consider these questions as they read.
In preparation for class on…
Main Ideas, Concepts, and Terminology
Thu, Aug 21
Fri, Aug 22
Political Ideology “Quiz”
Mon, Aug 25
Tue, Aug 26
Power and Democracy
1-1 Explain the difference between power and authority.
1-2 Discuss historical examples in which governmental legitimacy had been (or is currently) questioned and challenged.
1-3 Identify and describe several advantages and disadvantages of both direct and representative democracy.
1-4 democracy: direct (or participatory) vs. representative
1-5 initiative (see p. 59)
1-6 referendum (see p. 59)
1-7 recall (see p. 59)
Wed, Aug 27
Theories of Power and Influence
1-8 majoritarian politics vs. elite politics
1-9 the 4 theories of elite influence: Marxist, “power elites,”
FD: Where do you believe true power and/or authority rests in America? Do you consider this to be good or bad for the nation?
Thu, Aug 28
Fri, Aug 29
The Constitutional Convention
1-10 Identify and describe several weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
1-11 Explain the Great Compromise. Why was it significant to the convention?
1-12 unalienable rights
1-13 Articles of Confederation:
1-14 Constitutional Convention
1-15 Shays’ Rebellion
1-16 Virginia Plan vs.
New Jersey Plan
Mon, Sep 1
NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
Tue, Sep 2
The Constitution: Democracy
1-17 Explain how and why power is divided in the Constitution.
Marbury v. Madison (1803), judicial review
1-20 checks and balances
1-22 separation of powers
FD: How democratic is the Constitution?
Wed, Sep 3
Thu, Sep 4
The Constitution: Liberty
1-24 Explain the purpose of The Federalist (Papers) .
1-25 Explain why a bill of rights was not included in the original constitution and why it was later added.
1-26 Federalists vs. Antifederalists
1-28 writ of habeas corpus
1-29 bill of attainder
1-30 ex post facto law
FD: Would you have been a Federalist or Antifederalist? Why?
Fri, Sep 5
1-31 Beard’s thesis ( Economic )
Interpretation of Constitution
FD: Did the Constitution make the government too strong or too weak?
FD: Were women left out of the Constitution?
Mon, Sep 8
Constitutional Reform: A Modern View
1-32 Explain the two ways to propose, and two ways to ratify, an amendment to the Constitution.
FD: How would you amend the Constitution? (Propose an amendment.) Evaluate its chances of ratification by discussing the process of amendment.
Tue, Sep 9
Nos. 10 and 51
Wed, Sep 10
How to complete case briefs
Thu, Sep 11
Fri, Sep 12
1-34 What are some advantages/disadvantages of the federal system?
1-35 How did Hamilton’s and Jefferson’s (and Madison’s) views of federalism differ?
1-37 block grants
1-39 unitary system vs. confederation (confederal) vs. federal system
1-40 Tenth Amendment
1-41 “elastic” clause (“necessary and proper” clause)
FD: In your opinion, is federalism “good” or “bad?” Explain.
Mon, Sep 15
Tue, Sep 16
1-42 How has the meaning of federalism evolved over time?
1-44 dual federalism
power has generally flowed the federal government. What reasons exist for the states to continue exercising independent power? to
- McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
- Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
Wed, Sep 17
Thu, Sep 18
1-47 revenue sharing
1-48 conditions of aid
FD: Do grant programs enable Congress to do what it pleases by
bribing states into compliance, thus undermining the balance of federalism?
Fri, Sep 19
A Devolution Revolution?
1-50 What factors have contributed to the recent trend toward devolution?
Mon, Sep 22
Tue, Sep 23
UNIT 1 TEST
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