Sunday, November 03, 2013

Please share a link to your favorite or best mastery product so far AND THEN share a positive comment on somebody else's.

You could comment on something you learned from somebody else's product.

You could comment on how and why you liked the way they presented the information. 

You could comment on how they described, explained, and gave an example.

Remember to take your notes collaboratively outside of class so in class you can connect the information to the news and the other chapters this week.  Thanks.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Will Hillary run?

Time: "It has been like this for months now. Clinton, who claims not to have decided about another presidential run in 2016, has been traveling the country delivering speeches on her own record and current events that sound a lot like precursors to campaign rhetoric. The fact that she is not officially running has not stopped her from testing out themes on the stump, while positioning herself against her likely Republican opponents. The examples show up on both sides of the Atlantic, in paid speeches, at awards dinners, rallies and fundraisers."

Is it good campaign strategy for an incumbent Republican to run hard AGAINST the tea party?

"As he seeks a third term in the U.S. Senate, Lamar Alexander is doing something few other incumbent Republicans have tried recently: Instead of running scared of the tea party, he's running hard against it," the Washington Post reports.

"Independent analysts and strategists in both parties think Alexander has a good chance of winning his primary against a low-profile state representative. He is far ahead in early polling, but Alexander's willingness to confront the tea party makes it one of the most important bellwether races in the country."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Study, Review, Prepare...

Best, Best place to go for last minute review and prep:

Best place to go for last minute review and prep:

GREAT 40 minute review on cspan with student questions.
30 second iron triangle review at 18:00 (Iron Triangle AKA Issue Network!)

Short videos from the blog archives.

Study, Review, Prepare, Sleep, Eat, Breathe.


Just do it!

Impossible is nothing!


Live in the moment and enjoy it.

You can do it...





P.S. #2 pencils, black or blue pen, a watch to keep track, social security number (optional). No cell phones.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

If you have a twitter account, and with your parents' permission, go to #apgovhelp and either answer or ask a question. Then tell us about it here. Otherwise, comment on the topic below.

What are you doing right now to study, prepare, and review AP Government and Politics (note: any version of "nothing" will count for 0 points in the gradebook)?

Now hurry away and go study, prepare, and review more. Our Review/Preview starts 4-29-13 and lasts through 5-13-13.  Keep in mind that there is no formal, in-building schooling for you on 5-3-13. Stop reading this and go study, prepare, and review.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Please watch the video below (ignore the part about labeling the sections), and answer at least one part of the following FRQ.

How to write a Free Response Question answer:

1. Members of Congress are charged with three primary duties—writing laws, overseeing the implementation of laws, and serving the needs of their constituents. 
(a) Describe the role of each of the following in lawmaking. 
• Senate filibuster 
• House Rules Committee 
• Conference committee 
(b) Describe one method by which Congress exercises oversight of the federal bureaucracy. 
(c) Explain how casework affects members’ attention to legislation.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Please comment on another student's post. Build our community of learners.

Remember: everything you post is able to be seen by everyone, everywhere, forever.  Be supportive, constructive, and thoughtful.  Enjoy each others' ideas.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What will you be looking for during the 57th Presidential Inauguration?

CNN Viewer's Guide:

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Remember: 1. Send yourself an e-mail about your goals and 2. Send yourself and e-mail about last week's vocabulary.

You can use to send yourself an e-mail at least 30 days in the future.  

1. Think back to what you wrote about for your self-assessment, or what we talked about in class recently about setting goals for yourself and your learning.  What do you want to be doing with your learning?  How hard do you want to be working? Ask yourself if you are thinking every day at a high level.  Ask yourself if you are thinking critically and constructively.  Are you connecting the learning objectives to other chapters, vocabulary terms, and recent news?  Are you bringing it every day?

2. Take last week's vocabulary list and ask yourself a month from now if you know the meaning of the terms.  If you don't know them in a month, you haven't learned them.  You need to change your process so you can learn them.  Give yourself this test and see if you can pass it.  Make connections to something you already know, to ideas in a book, to recent news, to the examples you give.  This will help you learn!

Have fun!

Should the president be able to appoint his cabinet without advice and consent from the senate? Should the senate have more power over more of his appointees? What part of the constitution discusses this topic?