(U.S. Capitol Bldg. ~ Washington DC)
Welcome to Mr. Wimsett's A.P. Government Class
(This is our road map for the year.)
(Must be signed and returned ASAP)
(newest items are always towards the top)
During the unexpected break from our normal schedule as a result of the coronavirus,
I will be checking my email during normal school ours (and at other times too). Feel
free to get in touch with me if you have a question. I will also begin posting new
learning activities to my teacher webpage. When you complete the assignment, you can
share them with me via Google Docs or you scan (or snap a photo) and share the work with me
via my school email. I hope you guys are doing well and staying safe during this time.
I miss all of you!
Here is Learning Activity #2:
Here is Learning Activity #1:
You will need to click each "chapter" to play each short video.
For example, after watching the History of the English Jury System,
you will need to click the History of the American Jury System, and so on.
There are a total of 11 short videos to watch. Answer the questions on
the question sheet above. They go in order of the videos.
March 13th ~ Discuss Freedom of Religion cases
March 12th ~ Finish the Bill of Rights & complete the Bill of Rights Activity
March 11th ~ Continue discussing the Bill of Rights
March 10th ~ Finish Video; Go over the Bill of Rights
March 9th ~ Constitution USA--It's a Free Country (DVD)
March 5th ~ Finish your Political Cartoon Analysis assignment
You can watch this program by going to the following webpage:
March 2nd ~ The Supreme Court, Episode 1
(This episode discusses the importance of Chief Justice John Marshall
and the establishment of judicial review.)
Saturday, Feb. 29th ~ Community Forum on Voting hosted by
Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall
This would be a good government meeting for 3rd quarter!
Feb. 28th ~ Political Cartoon Analyses are due;
continue with the lecture notes on the courts
Feb. 27th ~ State Mandated HIV/Aids Education
Feb. 25th ~ TEST over Ch 13 & 14
Feb. 24th ~ Review Day
Feb. 21st ~ Political Cartoon Analysis
Feb. 15th thru 18th ~ Mid-Winter Break
Feb. 14th ~ Share your political cartoons
Feb. 7th ~ Discuss news articles
Feb. 6th ~ State of the Union Address--Assignment
Feb. 5th ~ Test over Chapter 12
Feb. 4th ~ Review Day
Feb. 3rd ~ Watch video--"Mandate: The President and the People"
(this program can be streamed on the internet)
Jan. 31st ~ Discuss news articles
Jan. 30th ~ Finish lecture notes on the presidency
Jan. 28th ~ Wrap up discussion from yesterday;
Jan. 27th ~ Presidents Test & Best 5, Worst 5 American presidents discussion
(What makes someone a great president?)
Jan. 22nd & 23rd ~ Finish watching the video
Jan. 21st ~ Hand back Ch. 11 tests & go over them;
Continue watching the "The White House: Inside Story"
Jan. 20th ~ Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 17th ~ DVD--The White House: Inside Story
(This program takes a behind the scenes look at the American Presidency.
It includes interviews with former Presidents, First Ladies, and staff.)
Jan. 16th ~ Test over Chapter 11--Congress
Jan. 15th ~ PBS Now Program--"The Marines are Landing"
Jan. 14th ~ No School--snow day
Jan. 13th ~ Consensus Activity
Jan. 8th ~ Finish lecture notes on Congress
Jan. 7th ~ Continue with lecture notes from Monday
Jan. 6th ~ Welcome Back! Here are the lecture notes for today:
Winter Break--Dec. 21st thru Jan. 5th
Dec. 19th ~ Share my experience from Jury Duty;
Discuss the impeachment process
Dec. 13th ~ Discuss news articles
Dec. 11th & 12th ~ Watch "The Congress" by Ken Burns
Dec. 10th ~ Test over Chapter 10
Dec. 9th ~ Review Day
Dec. 6th ~ Discuss news articles
Dec. 5th ~ Finish notes; work on news articles for tomorrow
Dec. 2nd ~ Watch:
Crash Course Government & Politics #42 and
Ted Talk by Eric Liu--Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power
(see Mr. Wimsett for the question sheet)
Nov. 28th thru Dec. 1st ~ Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 27th ~ Early Release--10:15 AM
Nov. 25th & 26th ~ Work on Special Interest Groups Internet Assignment
Nov. 22nd ~ Test over Chapters 8 & 9
Nov. 21st ~ Review Day:
Nov. 18th ~ Watch PBS Frontline "Big Sky, Big Money"
Nov. 15th ~ "Inside Washington Elections" (DVD + Questions)
Nov. 11th ~ Veteran's Day (No school)
*Reminder that AP Fees are due on Friday, Nov. 8th!
**1st quarter government meetings are also due on Friday!
Nov. 8th ~ Return Ch. 6 & 7 Test and go over them;
discuss news articles
Nov. 7th ~ Work day to finalize gov't meeting write-ups and
news article write-ups
Nov. 6th ~ Work on the Political Parties Assignment
Nov. 5th ~ Today is Election Day!
Finish watching Electoral Dysfunction;
work on Political Parties Internet Assignment
Nov. 4th ~ Continue watching "Electoral Dysfunction"
Nov. 1st ~ Begin watching "Electoral Dysfunction"
Oct. 31st ~ TEST over Chapters 6 & 7
Oct. 30th ~ Watch: "Saving American Journalism"
Oct. 29th ~ Finish lecture notes;
Oct. 28th ~ Lecture notes:
Oct. 25th ~ Watch: "Student Loan Sinkhole"
Oct. 24th ~ Pass back & go over Ch 2 & 3 Test;
Oct. 23rd ~ Read two articles:
Oct. 22nd ~ Two assignments:
Oct. 21st ~ Finish lecture notes from last week
Oct. 18th ~ Discuss news articles
Oct. 15th ~ Test over Chapters 2 & 3
Oct. 14th ~ Study Day (test tomorrow)
Oct. 11th ~ Discuss news articles
Oct. 10th ~ Work on Ch. 2 & 3 Review Sheet;
I would encourage you to watch Crash Course
Government and Politics, Episodes 2 thru 5
(it would be a good review for you)
Oct. 9th ~ Finish lecture notes on Federalism
Oct. 8th ~ Finish watching video from Monday;
begin lecture notes on American Federalism
Oct. 7th ~ Begin watching
"Constitution USA: Episode 1--A More Perfect Union"
The video introduces the concept of "Federalism"
Oct. 4th ~ Finish working on the Constitution assignment
Oct. 3rd ~ Work on "Exploring the Constitution Assignment";
Oct. 2nd ~ Finish lecture notes
Sept. 30th ~ Ms. Polodna, Ms. Bender, & Mr. Pedersen will be
here to discuss graduation requirements, college admissions,
scholarships, post-high school plans, etc.
Sept. 27th ~ Discuss current events
Sept. 26th ~ Work on questions for Fed. No. 10 & 51 as well as
Brutus No. 1, finish news article reviews for Friday
Sept. 25th ~ Finish watching Liberty! Part 6;
read and answer questions for Federalist No. 10 & 51 as well as
Brutus No. 1
Sept. 24th ~ Watch: Liberty! The American Revolution, Part 6
"Are we to be a nation?"
Sept. 23rd ~ Guest Speaker: Ms. Jaime Oberlander.
Ms. Oberlander is a former student of mine who now works
for the US State Dept as a foreign diplomat. She is currently
assigned to the US Embassy in Kenya.
Sept. 20th ~ Discuss current events
Sept. 19th ~ Sign up for AP Classroom/Register for AP Exam;
work on news article write-ups
Sept. 18th ~ Chapter 1 Test
(Turn in study guides before the test starts)
Sept. 17th ~ Happy National Constitution Day!
Review for the test
Sept. 16th ~ Finish lecture notes from Thursday;
complete review of terms sheet (see Mr. Wimsett for this)
Sept. 13th ~ Discuss current events;
be sure to turn in your 3 news article reviews
Sept. 11th ~ Share results of the political survey;
discuss political ideology
Sept. 10th ~ Report to Lab 207;
complete the online political survey
Sept. 9th ~ Political Self Reflection & Class Discussion
Sept. 6th ~ Get your textbooks!
Discuss the following:
Sept. 5th ~ Share a little bit about myself & teaching philosophy
Sept. 4th ~ First Day of School (Welcome Activities)