Advanced Placement Government and Politics



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V. Curriculum Materials:
A. Text
1. Wilson, James Q. and John DiLulio, Jr., American Government. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York, 2001.
2. Serow, Ann and Everett C. Ladd. American Polity Baltimore: Lanahan Publishers, Inc., 2000.


  1. O’Connor, Karen. American Government: Readings and Cases.Longman: New York, 2001.




  1. Bauer, Monica. American Government: Readings and Responses. Wadsworth/Thompson Learning: California, 2001.

B. Journals and Newspapers:


1. Wall Street Journal

2. New York Times


C. Face the Nation or other weekly news program


VI: Course Outline

Unit One—Constitutional Underpinnings




  • Origins of Government: Ideas and Policies in a Democracy

  • Construction and Framework

  • Continuity and Change

1. American Government: Chapters 1 and 23

2. American Polity Democracy in America

The American Commonwealth

People of Paradox


  • Constitution: Ideology and Reality

  • The Federalist Papers

  • The Anti-Federalist Position

1. American Government Chapter 2

2. American Polity Federalist Papers # 10, 51, 78

1. American Government Chapter 3 and 16

2. Readings and Cases McCulloch v. Maryland

Founders, Keepers

United States v. Lopez
3. American Polity The Affluent Society

Free to Choose


Unit Two: Political Beliefs and Behaviors


  • Citizenship, Equality, and Inequalities

  • The State’s Relationship to the Individual and Liberty

1. American Government Chapter 4




  • Political Participation and Equality

  • Political Beliefs, Attitudes, and Culture

  • Public Opinion


American Government Chapter 5



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