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    A Few Big Assignments

    Always Do the Reading

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    Apr 24, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It was awesome for discussion, the teacher does a great job of letting you speak your mind.

    Course highlights:

    The course goes into the depths of our gevernemt structure, and allows you to gain an in depth knowledge of how our government functions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do well on projects, study practice questions for tests.

    • Spring 2017
    • Hunsucker
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Great Discussions
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    Jan 31, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was very interesting but I do not feel very prepared for the exam. When looking for an easy course for senior year, I would recommend this course.

    Course highlights:

    This course enlightened me about how our government works but was not thorough in explanations all the time.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to teach yourself with a % steps to a five book. The material is easy, but often not covered in class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Hunsucker
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Nov 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course makes family political discourse over the dinner table 100 times easier. Being able to understand why dad is yelling about Trump and why your sister is upset because Bernie did not make the primaries not only allows you to appreciate each and every individual point of view, it also provides an opportunity to share your own opinion in a competent, civilized way because you too will know what you're taking about when it comes to politics after taking this class.

    Course highlights:

    Coming from a predominately Republican family, I have grown up listening to my parents' somewhat biased commentary on the elections and politicians in office and knowing and understanding where we stood according to the Republican opinion. However, being a rebellious teenager, I decided I no longer wanted to associate with my family - because thats not cool, right? Seventh grade up until this class I refused to even try to understand what my parents talked about. Halfway through the semester, my teacher holds a mock election project for each of his classes, where the class splits into groups and each group represents a political party with a campaign manager and a presidential candidate and all. At the end of the project, the candidates that represent each group have to get up and debate with each other. Of course, I volunteered to be the presidential candidate, because who doesn't love a good debate? The twist came when my teacher refused to assign parties to groups until the groups and the positions in groups were established. You could tell by the look on his face as he went around and assigned parties to each group that he was assigning parties that would challenge the candidate. He got around to me and his smirk turned sly and he announced that I would be representing the Republican Party. Just my luck, right? I had worked so hard to remove myself from that political label and here I was having to be the face of it in my class project. As the project progressed, I resented my teacher for assigning this party to me. He knew where I stood politically, why would he do this to me? But as I was writing our party's platform and reading into each Republican opinion on popular controversial topics, something suddenly clicked. Everything my parents worried about and yelled about and cheered about made sense. It was like my eyes were wiped clean and I was able to understand both my mother and my father to the fullest extent after I finished this project. All those moments I used trying to be a part of the opposite party because I was a rebellions teenager who wanted nothing to do with what my family wanted me to be was not in vain, but it allowed me to take a peek at both sides of the story and truly figure out what is the truth behind all of the political and media bias. I finished the debate in second out of fourth place, and after that I found myself with this sudden wealth of knowledge because I was forced to look at all sides of the argument and understand each one before proceeding with my own opinion. To me, this was the highlight of the course - I will take this knowledge and wisdom with me through college, through my career, and through the rest of my life.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course is mainly talking about current politics. Of course, reading is the best way to approach each test - make sure you read the text book or the course notes or the review book. Whatever suits your fancy when it comes to studying for AP classes. However, because this class is talking about the current government system, one fantastic way to get ahead is to watch the news. Watch a different news channel every night just to listen to both sides of the story. Each news channel is biased in a different direction, so watching a little bit from each channel will give you the insight you need to develop an opinion of your own. Being able to understand what is going on in current day politics will give you an opening to understand what is going on in AP Government, and vice versa.

    • Fall 2016
    • Hunsucker
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments


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