Tuesday, November 3, 2009

AP GOV Schedule for rest of week.

Green -- Thursday) and Silver -- Friday):

Green --Monday and Silver -- Tuesday
Quiz Chapter 10

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

reading assignment

Read This Article

Or Here

And Answer these questions

1. Read The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action by John P. Roche
and answer the following:Roche and Beard Questions

Questions: The founding Fathers: A reform Caucus in Action by Roche

1. Read The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action by John P. Roche
and answer the following:
a. How does Roche characterize the framers of the Constitution? Be
b. What does Roche feel was the role of political theory at the
Constitutional Convention? Be specific.
c. What evidence is there that the retrospective symmetry given to the
Constitution by The Federalist has been influential in the American political
tradition? Be specific.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Essay Question for Wed/Thur Test

Work on essay in class and at home. Due on the test day at the start of class (wed/thur)

This is an essay.
Begin with your thesis: Example; Categorical grants and federal mandates have have been used to increase the power of the federal government (or something to that effect)

Be sure to complete all portions of the task!
If it asks you to define federalism...define federalism!
When discussing categorical grants and the other three terms be sure to define what they are as well.
Be specific: provide examples of each when appropriate/possible

The Task:

1. The framers of the United States Constitution created a federal system.
a) Define federalism
b) Explain how the following has been used to increase the power of the federal
government relative to the states.
  • Categorical Grants
  • Federal mandates

c) Explain how the following have been used to increase the power of the states relative to
the federal government.

  • Block grants
  • Tenth amendment

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chapter 3-2 questions.

Have everything ready for next class.
1. Copy Figure 2.3
2. What does the Madisonian system encourage?
3. 2 forces about constitution
4. Federalists
5. Anti federalists
6. Federalist papers
7. Copy chart 2.5
8. Bill of rights
9. You are responsible for table 2.6
10. Why was ratification by special convention?
11. How can the constitution b e changed.
12. Copy figure 2.4
13. What has been the process of amendment in almost all cases
14. What is the result of amendments?
15. What is the ERA?
16. How did it fail?
17. How may the Constitution be amended informally?
18. Explain Judicial Review:
19. Marbury vs. Madison
20. Explain Political practice
21. How has the role of the Electoral college changed?
22. How has technology changed the constitution?
23. How has the president’s role changed?
24. Is the Constitution democratic?
25. How has the constitution become more democratic?

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Read This and Answer the questions in clear unambiguous complete sentences.


1. Contrast the philosophy and forces behind the Articles of Confederation with
those supporting the new Constitution in 1787.

2. What was the effect of the state constitutions and the Articles of
Confederation upon the dominant economic classes?

3. How does Beard characterize the delegates to the Constitutional Convention
of 1787?

4. What were the views of the delegates to the Convention on democracy and
equality, according to Beard?

5. Aside from describing the delegates as representatives of the propertied
classes desiring to protect their interests, what other evidence does Beard
present to support his thesis that the principal purpose of the Constitution was
to protect most forms of private property?

6. Beard relies on The Federalist to support his argument that the Constitution
was designed to protect the economic interest of property holders. What
arguments does Beard make based on The Federalist to support his

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

current Events

thanks for the oil guys

climate change

Monday, September 14, 2009

Current events Sept.14

Read these 3 articles for class discussions