Cover all the essential content and prepare students for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam by exploring the foundations of American democracy, branches of government, civil liberties/rights, political ideologies/beliefs, and political participation. The text includes all nine required foundational documents, the complete text of the United States Constitution, and Supreme Court case descriptions. Track student progress with unit reviews, assessments, and a full-length AP Government and Politics practice exam modeled on the new course and exam descriptions.
All-new edition structured and written to follow the current AP® Course and Exam Description.
Concise and accessible topics provide essential content organized in short, focused sections.
Includes opportunities for students to explore and develop the skills and practices of political scientists.
Writing features help students build argumentation skills.
Flexibly designed to use in a one-semester or one-year course.
Required Supreme Court Cases and Foundational Documents
—15 Required Supreme Court Case features provide in-depth looks at each case and the Supreme Court’s ruling
—9 Foundational Document features detail the philosophical basis and political values of the U.S. government and their application to recent events
Questions based on AP® Exam formats
—180 multiple-choice questions
—66 free-response questions
—5 argumentation essay questions
—1 complete practice test modeled on the AP® Exam
Features to develop skills tested on the AP® Exam
—60 Think as a Political Scientist features focus on disciplinary practices and reasoning processes
—60 Reflect on the Essential Question features review key learning objectives
—5 Write as a Political Scientist features build writing skills for answering the argumentation essay question
A “Think Tank” resource for the civic engagement project
Teacher Resource includes correlations for each question to the College Board Curriculum Framework.
The Teacher Resource is sold only to educators and shipped to school or district addresses only. A verified classroom set purchase of the student edition (print or digital) is required.
As an experienced teacher of AP® U.S. Government and Politics at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, David Wolfford has also served as an AP® Reader. He has conducted historical research projects on school desegregation and American political history. David has published in historical journals, such as Ohio Valley History and Kentucky Humanities and has written on government, politics, and campaigns for national magazines and Cincinnati newspapers. He is a James Madison Fellow, a National Board Certified Teacher, and a regular contributor to Social Education.