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AP United States Government and Politics

This course is designed for students who are currently enrolled in an AP U.S. Government & Politics course, and/or are planning to take the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam this spring. The course will include a review of the major topics and themes, as well as test-taking strategies for the AP exam in May, including primary source analysis and document-based essay writing. Students will leave this course better prepared to earn a 5 on their AP U.S. Government & Politics exam.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain historical concepts and their development
  • Apply knowledge of biases, point-of-view, purpose, and audience to key primary documents
  • Compare arguments in historical documents and explain broader contexts
  • Identify and explain patterns between historical development and processes
  • Make a historical claim, support using documents, and then refute argument

Course Outcomes

  • How to conduct a primary source document and image analysis
  • A graphic organizer linking major themes to specific timeframes in U.S. history
  • 2-3 Page long essay responding to the Argumentative Question along with other practice essays
  • Extensive Preparation, Practice Tests and Test-Taking Strategies for the AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam
  • Preparation for the TOEFL Exam
  • Certificate of Completion

Instructor

Dr. Diane B., Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of New Mexico Social Studies Instructor at Knovva Academy

Dr. Diane is an award-winning teacher who has taught AP classes for 24 years. She has worked with the College Board to score, set rubrics and develop questions for the AP U.S. Government Exam since 2005. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (2001) and was named New Mexico History Teacher of the Year in 2018. Dr. Diane has also taught undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico in American Studies, Education, and with graduate students for the Master’s degree Capstone Research Project. Dr. Diane attended the University of New Mexico, achieving a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Socio-Cultural Studies. Her area of research is the World War II period, specifically Japanese American Internment and Civil Liberties during wartime.

Related Skills

  • Research
  • Evaluating sources for use
  • Writing based on evidence
  • Editing
  • Brainstorming and choosing a topic idea
  • Citing sources

Our Schedule

Course

AP United States Government and Politics Content Review 12 Lessons

80 minutes per lesson

AP United States Government and Politics Test Prep 8 Lessons

75 minutes per lesson

Date and Time

Feb 8 – March 17, 2022
8:00 PM Tuesday/ Thursday

March 5 – April 23,2022
9:00 AM ET Saturday

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