AP Government Summer Assignment
AP United States Government and Politics requires all enrolled students to complete summer coursework prior to the
the first day of class. Though your class begins in August, 2017, all summer work is due on the first day of class.
A test will be given based on the summer material at the end of the first week. The Summer Assignment is not optional
and The Summer Assignment is not optional and will help get you off to a solid understanding of the course.
First, what to buy if you have a little spare cash:
It is strongly advised you purchase an AP U.S. Government and Politics preparation book by the first day of class.
It's not required but has been helpful for prior students. If finances are a concern, just ask me for a copy!
I use as a reference The Princeton Review as well as Larry Krieger's AP U.S. Government and Politics Crash Course.
Obtain a copy of the United States Constitution, either by acquiring a paper copy or printing a digital one. If you know
Nicolas Cage, you could try for the original. While the Princeton Review prep book has the Constitution in the back,
you might not want to be lugging that around the whole semester.
The Summer Assignment:
The focus of the first unit of the course is the philosophical and political roots of American government. Thus, you will
explore and analyze during the summer so you will be prepared to discuss this topic in depth over the first couple of
days of class.
-Excerpt from Second Treatise of Civil Government, John Locke
-Excerpt from The Spirit of the Laws, Baron de Montesquieu
-Excerpt from Social Contract, Jean Jacques Rousseau
-Common Sense, Thomas Paine
-The Virginia Declaration of Rights
-The Declaration of Independence
-Guided questions for each above reading
*Have a question on a particular reading? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All guided reading questions must be answered and submitted by the first day of class in August, 2017.
***A 25% late penalty will be assessed for any assignments submitted after the due date.
It's not required but it has helped prior students learn the content in an easier way. If finances are a concern,
just ask me for a copy!