AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICSClassroom Resources

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Below is a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues. Look for more classroom resources in the AP Teacher Community.

From The College Board

NEW! New Lessons Developed with the National Constitution Center

Federalism, the Commerce Clause, and the Tenth Amendment:

The Constitution includes language that can be interpreted as supporting a nation-centered view of federalism and other areas that one could argue support a state-centered perspective. In order to help students develop a deeper understanding of the role of federalism, this lesson module uses the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution, which presents diverse interpretations of constitutional language, particularly that found in the enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8 and in the Tenth Amendment. Students read and analyze these diverse interpretations and draw conclusions about how federalism has been understood and implemented over time. The Leader's Notes (.pdf/1.43MB) and Student Handbook (.pdf/891KB) are available for your use.

Social Order and Civil Liberties: Examining the Second and Fourth Amendments:

This lesson module investigates how the Second and Fourth Amendments have been understood, especially as they pertain to the desire to preserve civil rights and liberties and the need to ensure the safety and security of citizens. Using the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution site, students will study the historical roots and current understandings described by two experts in their common interpretation of each Amendment. Following this introduction, students will analyze the distinct arguments regarding each scholar’s interpretations of the amendments and how they have been applied in various situations. The Leader's Notes (.pdf/1.29MB) and Student Handbook (.pdf/873KB) are available for your use.

The Development and Application of the First Amendment:

This lesson focuses on the First Amendment, its origins, and how it has been interpreted. Using Writing Rights: The Bill of Rights, the National Constitution Center’s interactive website, students trace the origins of the First Amendment in order to deepen their understanding of the rights it protects. Students then investigate and discuss how the Supreme Court has interpreted and applied the amendment to different conflict scenarios in landmark cases. The Leader’s Notes (.pdf/1.27MB) and Student Handbook (.pdf/924KB) are available for your use.