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Summer Bootcamp: AP American Government and Politics!

Mrs. Budde
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(4)
Summer Bootcamp: AP American Government and Politics!

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Follows College Board Advanced Placement Curriculum
Aligned with Advanced Placement (AP) Standards
21 lessons//7 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation
In this lesson, we'll explore the ideals and grievances that led to America's independence from Britain, analyzing its philosophical underpinnings and its influence on American identity. We will also examine the first attempt at a national government, discussing its strengths and weaknesses, and its role in shaping the Constitution.
Lesson 2
United States Constitution
Our focus will be exploring the Constitution and its structure, principles, and the compromises made during its drafting, and its enduring impact on American governance.
Lesson 3
Federalist 51 - Checks and Balances
We'll analyze James Madison's argument for separation of powers and checks and balances, exploring its role in preventing tyranny in government.
 Week 2
Lesson 4
Federalist 70 - Executive Branch and Article II U.S. Constition
Delve into Alexander Hamilton's defense of a strong executive branch, examining its importance for effective governance.
Lesson 5
Federalist 78 - Judicial Branch and Marbury v. Madison - Judicial Review
Center on Alexander Hamilton's explanation of the judiciary's role, discussing its independence and its significance in upholding the rule of law.
Lesson 6
Brutus 1 - Antifederalist Paper
Explore Anti-Federalist concerns about a strong central government, analyzing their arguments against ratifying the Constitution.
 Week 3
Lesson 7
Federalist 10 - Factions
Examine James Madison's defense of the Constitution's ability to control factions, discussing its relevance in American politics.
Lesson 8
Letter from a Birmingam Jail
Study Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter advocating for civil rights, analyzing its arguments and its impact on the civil rights movement.
Lesson 9
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) - Implied Powers
This case, which affirmed federal supremacy over state laws. We'll discuss how it upheld the constitutionality of the Bank of the United States and expanded Congress's authority through implied powers, reshaping the relationship between federal and state governments.
 Week 4
Lesson 10
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) - Implied Powers
This case, which affirmed federal supremacy over state laws. We'll discuss how it upheld the constitutionality of the Bank of the United States and expanded Congress's authority through implied powers, reshaping the relationship between federal and state governments.
Lesson 11
United States v. Lopez (1995) - Commerce Clause
This case, which limited Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. We'll discuss its ruling that the Gun-Free School Zones Act exceeded federal authority, and its significance for states' rights.
Lesson 12
Schenck v. the United States (1919) - Free Speech
We'll examine how this case limited free speech during wartime. We'll analyze the precedent it set by ruling that speech creating a "clear and present danger" is not protected under the First Amendment, and discuss its implications for government restrictions on speech.
 Week 5
Lesson 13
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) - Free Speech
This case upheld students' First Amendment rights. We'll discuss how it protected students' freedom of expression and the limits schools have in censoring symbolic speech.
Lesson 14
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) - Free Speech
Our focus will be the expansion of free speech rights for corporations and unions. We'll discuss how it allowed unlimited spending on political campaigns, and its impact on political spending by these entities.
Lesson 15
Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Wisconsin v. Yoder - Freedom of Religion,
We'll explore how this case addressed state-sponsored prayer in public schools. We'll discuss its ruling that such prayer violated the Establishment Clause, setting a precedent for the separation of church and state in public education. We will also explore Wisconsin v. Yoder. This case, which upheld Amish parents' rights to exempt their children from compulsory schooling laws. We'll discuss its implications for religious freedom and education policy.
 Week 6
Lesson 16
Baker v. Carr (1962) Shaw v. Reno (1993) - Fourteenth Amendment, Gerrymandering
This case established the principle of "one person, one vote" in legislative redistricting. We'll discuss its implications for fair representation in state legislatures and Congress.
Lesson 17
Brown v. Board of Education (1954) - Fourteenth Amendment
This pivotal case declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. We'll discuss its overturning of the "separate but equal" doctrine and its significance in the civil rights movement.
Lesson 18
New York Times Co. v. United States (1971) - First Amendment, Free Press
We'll explore this case's significance in protecting freedom of the press. We'll discuss how it allowed newspapers to publish the Pentagon Papers, setting a high bar for government restrictions on publication.
 Week 7
Lesson 19
Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) - Sixth Amendment, Right to Counsel
This case guaranteed the right to counsel in criminal trials. We'll discuss how it ensures fairer trials and greater access to justice for all defendants.
Lesson 20
McDonald v. Chicago (2010) - Second Amendment
We'll explore how this case extended Second Amendment rights to the states. We'll discuss its overturning of Chicago's handgun ban and its implications for gun rights outside federal enclaves.
Lesson 21
Review Session
Bootcamp Review!
Prepare for your AP Exam - AP GOV
I have 14 years of experience teaching AP and regular level Social Science/History courses including AP American Government and Politics and AP United States History. 
Homework Offered
Optional homework may be assigned before or after class. For instance, if we're discussing a foundational document, I might request students to read it beforehand. Similarly, when exploring a Supreme Court case, students can practice writing a SCOTUS comparison. These homework opportunities are not obligatory but serve as valuable aids in grasping the content covered during class. Additionally, students may request grading.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
The class is tailored to meet the learning needs of students in or pursuing an advanced American government course. Email me with any questions about the course's learning level.
The following resources will contribute to the creation of classroom content and any materials used in class.

- Textbook: Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy (AP Edition), 15th Edition.
- Textbook: American Government: Stories of a Nation 
- Textbook: AMSCO Advanced Placement: United States Government and Politics, 2019 
- Constitution: National Constitution Center
- The Federalist Papers: Library of Congress
- Supreme Court Cases: Library of Congress, Oyez.org, American Bar Association, Streetlaw.org
- AP Curriculum Content: collegeboard.org
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(4)
Greetings Parents and Students! 

I am Mrs. Budde, the proud mother of twin toddlers (and my two cats, Hoisin and Greta), and the wife of my high school sweetheart and fellow educator :) As an experienced educator with fourteen years of teaching,... 
Group Class


weekly or $450 for 21 classes
3x per week, 7 weeks
75 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-18 learners per class

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