Teaching AP® American Government
EDUC X 394.07
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This online course includes intensive sessions that are designed for teachers who are creating an AP® Government and Politics course for their high school or planning to take over an existing program.
What you can learn.
- Understand the benefits and challenges of an AP® Government course
- Learn about the AP® program, timing, and scheduling decisions that must be made when offering the course
- Get tips on establishing a classroom experience that inspires students to do their best work
- Learn strategies for teaching and testing AP®-quality, multiple-choice questions, and free-response essays
- Create your own syllabus for a two-semester AP® American Government course
- Get recommendations on curriculum and book selection, source books, audiovisuals, and web-based learning opportunities
About this course:
This 45-hour equivalent course includes intensive sessions that are designed for teachers who are creating an AP® government and politics course for their high school or planning to take over an existing program. Administrators and AP® coordinators should find this course useful, as it explains the design, benefits, and challenges of an AP® government and politics high school course. Topics include a history of The College Board's AP® program, timing and scheduling decisions that must be made when offering the course, and establishing a government and politics classroom experience that maximizes teaching and learning. The government and politics exam (offered each May) is explained, and tips for teaching and testing AP®-quality multiple-choice questions and the free-response essays are provided. Participants conclude by creating their own syllabus for a two-semester AP® government and politics course. Tips on textbook selection, source books, audio-visuals, and web-based learning opportunities are provided. The course particularly focuses on both new and experienced AP® teachers who may have classes composed of students who historically have been underrepresented in AP® courses. College Board materials are the basis for readings, and hands-on assignments should prove useful and practical for teachers who are setting up a government and politics course.