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AP US Government and Politics

School Year: 2019-2020
Subject: Social Studies and History
Course ID: D-HST-510V1-CEN
College Concurrent: No
School District: Niobrara County School District #1
Credit Recovery: No
Program Name: Wyoming Virtual Academy
Course Capacity: 99
Grade Level(s): 9-12
LMS Platform: LMS means the course learning management system D2L Brightspace
Delivery Method: Online Synchronous
Curriculum Type: K12 Inc.
Hathaway Success Course: Yes
Days: See Course Participation below
Advanced Placement: Yes
Times: See Course Participation below
Start - End Dates: Aug 21, 2019 - May 22, 2020
Available for Purchase: 400.00

Course Description:
AP U.S. Government and Politics is an introductory survey course on selected United States government and politics topics. This course covers the origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, including the American systems of federalism, separation of powers, and check and balances; the structure and powers of the institutions of national government, including legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and the processes of domestic and foreign public policy making; political beliefs, participation, and the factors that influence them; the national election process; the role of interest groups, political parties, and the media in the political system; and civil liberties and civil rights. The course encourages students to hone critical thinking skills as they analyze and interpret information and data in primary and secondary source readings, news reports, graphs, and tables to learn how to ask and respond to challenging questions and become responsible citizens.
Course Prerequisites:
Success in HST303: U.S. History (or equivalent) and a teacher/counselor recommendation
Required Materials:
The college-level text is available virtually and in print. Some other editions may also be acceptable. Ford, Lynn; Bardes, B.; Schmidt, S.; Shelley, M. American Government and Politics Today (17th edition). Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. [ISBN: 97812858
Course Accessibility:
Accomodations of modifications are based on academic need. We utilize read-aloud programs, visual supports, dictation programs, closed captioning, and braille.
Course Participation:
Student participation in this course is documented by the following:
  • Student active time in course logged by the learning management system.
  • Coursework submissions recorded by the learning management system.
  • Student progress in course meets expectations.
  • Participation verified by the virtual education teacher for time spent working offline.
  • Academic-based communication between the student and virtual education teacher or learning coach and virtual education teacher.
  • Synchronous time with the class, a group or the virtual education teacher recorded by the learning management system or teacher.
  • When this course is taken by a student in a school with a district-assigned learning coach, seat time attendance may be used to document participation.
  • The virtual education teacher verifies participation in the course 1-3 times a week.
  • Student progress in course meets expectations.