AP US Government and Politics lesson





Constitutional Underpinnings Sample Survey http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pgI3rtr-tZTK51cddyHvFFg



The attached file includes a detailed description of the project and relevant rubrics.

Lesson Elements:
  • Project Based Learning
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Cross-Curricular

Essential Question:

How does the political system of today reflect the ideological and philosophical traditions inspired by the Framers of the Constitution?

Driving Question:

How can we educate others about the foundational principles upon which this country was started?

Project Overview:

  • Research main topics regarding the Constitution and its creation
  • Create general survey reflecting these topics
  • Survey individuals
  • Conduct an analysis of survey results
  • Create iMovie documentary on the founding of the United States and the creation of the Constitution
  • Show documentary to surveyed individuals
  • Retest
  • Analyze results and compare to initial results

21st Century Skills
  • Digital Age Literacy --- Visual and Information Literacy, Global Awareness, Technology Literacies
  • Inventive Thinking --- HOT, Curiosity, Risk taking, Self-Direction
  • Effective Communication --- Collaboration, Interactive Communication
  • High Productivity --- Real World Skills, High Quality Products, Prioritize and Plan http://scrumy.com
Sample Scrumy (Created by me for demonstration purposes) http://scrumy.com/sphere82menorah

NETS-T Standards
  • Facilitate
  • Digital-Age Learning (Design and Model)
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Professional Growth/Leadership

NETS-S Standards
  • Creativity
  • Communication/Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations

PA Standards Civics and Government
  • 5.1.12 - A. Evaluate the major arguments advanced for the necessity of government.
  • 5.1.12 - E. Evaluate the principles and ideals that shape the United States and compare them to documents of government.
  • 5.1.12 - F. Analyze and assess the rights of people as listed in the Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions.
  • 5.1.12 - L. Analyze Pennsylvania and United States court decisions that have affected principles and ideals of government in civic life. (commerce, judicial review, federal supremacy)
  • 5.2.12 - C. Interpret the causes of conflict in society and analyze techniques to resolve those conflicts.
  • 5.3.12 - A. Analyze the responsibilities and powers of the national government.
  • 5.3.12 - G. Evaluate how the government protects or curtails individuals rights and analyze the impact of supporting or opposing those rights.
  • 5.3.12 - B. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various systems of government.

PA Anchors for Reading, Writing, Math
  • R11.A.2.3.1 Make inferences and/or draw conclusions based on information from text.
  • R11.A.2.3.2 Cite evidence from text to support generalizations.
  • W1.5.11.B Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.
  • M11.D.1.1.1 Analyze a set of data for the existence of a pattern and represent the pattern algebraically and/or graphically.
  • M11.E.1.1.1 Create and/or use appropriate graphical representations of data.


District Standards
  • CYSOUSAP.1.1.01 Analyze the importance of federalism.
  • CYSOUSAP.1.1.02 Evaluate the major types of constitutional reform.
  • CYSOUSAP.1.1.04 Analyze the meaning of the Bill of Rights.
  • CYSOUSAP.1.2.02 Compare and contrast differing political theories.
  • CYSOUSAP1.2.05 Analyze the interdependence between the three branches of government.
  • CYSOUSAP.1.5.01 Trace the evolution of the U.S. Constitution.
  • CYSOUSAP1.5.05 Analyze the importance of judicial review and its impact on the U.S. political system.

Project Results: