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AP Course Pacing Guide: January–April 2021
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The new course pacing guide, designed for classrooms that have only completed approximately 25% of typical course content by January, can help students develop their knowledge and skills by May. This guide can help you assign the AP Daily videos and topic questions necessary for student-led learning each week, using the reports generated by these topic questions to focus your limited, direct class time on the areas where students need more help. The guide shows how students can make up the pace by completing approximately 30 minutes of AP Daily videos and topic questions per night, in lieu of or in addition to teacher-led learning and other class assignments.
If your students are ahead of this pace, you’ll be able to incorporate additional days or weeks to spend more time on challenging topics, practice course skills, or begin reviewing for the exam.
Watch how you can use these pacing guides in this short video.
Sign in to AP Classroom to access AP Daily.
- Made for any learning environment, AP teachers can assign these short videos on every topic and skill as homework alongside topic questions, warm-ups, lectures, reviews, and more.
- AP students can also access videos on their own for additional support.
- Videos for units 1–5 are available now in AP Classroom, on your homepage under the unit tabs.
AP Daily Release Dates for Comparative Government and Politics: 5 Units
September 1, 2020
September 28, 2020
October 8, 2020
October 22, 2020
November 10, 2020
AP Daily Instructors
Expert AP teachers across the country can support your course virtually:
- Lead teacher: Elizabeth (Liza) Knight, J.H. Rose High School, Greenville, N.C.
- Suzanne Bailey, Grissom High School, Huntsville, Ala.
- Laura Lutz, Chelsea High School, Chelsea, Mich.
- Betsy Heckman, Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn.
- Scott Rivinius, Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, Md.
Higher Education Faculty Lecturers
Supplement your instruction with 30-minute videos on each unit hosted by college or university professors. Guest lecturers include:
- Carrie Currier, Texas Christian University
- Jennifer Horan, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
- Mark Jones, Rice University
- Mary Rose Kubal, St. Bonaventure University
- Eduardo Magalhaes, Simpson College
Sign in to AP Classroom and explore these resources:
- AP Daily videos are short, searchable instructional segments you can:
- Assign to students before or after class to maximize time for discussion.
- Assign alongside topic questions to address misunderstandings.
- Encourage students to take advantage of on their own, on mobile devices or computers.
- Track to see which students are watching each video in each class.
- Topic questions are formative questions to check student understanding as you teach. Assign topic questions to reveal student misunderstandings and target your lessons.
- Progress checks help you gauge student knowledge and skills for each unit through:
- multiple-choice questions with rationales explaining correct and incorrect answers, and
- free-response questions with scoring guides to help you evaluate student work.
- The progress dashboard highlights progress for every student and class across AP units.
- The question bank is a searchable database of real AP questions. You can:
- find topic questions and practice exam questions, indexed by content and skills.
- search for any question, passage, or stimulus by text or keyword.
- create custom quizzes that can be assigned online or on paper.
- Share real-time strategies, ask questions, and collaborate with teachers worldwide.
- Search, add, and rate teacher resources with your peers in the resource library.
- Daily or weekly digests help you keep up with your community, wherever you are. Select all discussions or just the topics and discussion threads you choose to follow. You can also reply to discussion posts through email.
Additional Resources for AP Comparative Government and Politics
Lesson Developed with the National Constitution Center
Civil Liberties and Rights Worldwide:
This lesson allows students to compare civil rights and liberties as written in foundational documents throughout the world by using Rights Around the World, the National Constitution Center’s interactive website. Students compare how the United States and other countries legally or constitutionally define several rights and liberties, and then rank countries based on the extent to which the government recognizes particular citizen rights and liberties. A discussion on how well such rights are actually protected provides an interesting lesson summary and foundation for further research. Leader's Notes (.pdf/760KB) and Student Handbook (.pdf/403KB) are available for your use.