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New FRQ Formats AP U. S. Government & Politics 2018 -2019
Concept Application (3 points total) • Respond to a political scenario, explaining how it relates to a political principle, institution, process, policy, or behavior. • Scenario provided then… – Identify/Describe the concept (1 point) – In the context of the scenario, explain. . . (1 point)
Concept Application – REAL EXAMPLE! Consumers complained after Epi. Pen maker Mylan “hiked the price of the emergency auto-injector by $100 in recent months for no obvious reason…The price has increased 450 percent since 2004, when a dose cost $100 in today’s dollars, to its current price of more than $600…The medication itself isn’t expensive. Analysts calculate that the dosage contained in a single pen is worth about $1. ” – Washington Post, August 23, 2016 After reading the scenario, respond to A, B, and C below: (A) Describe a power Congress could use to address the comments outlined in the scenario. (B) In the context of the scenario, explain how the use of congressional power described in Part A can be affected by its interaction with the presidency. (C) In the context of the scenario, explain how the interaction between Congress and the presidency can be affected by linkage institutions.
Concept Application – FUN EXAMPLE! Saul Levine, M. D. believes that friendships are important in our lives because “Intimate friends share each other’s experiences and in some ways they inhabit each other’s lives. They often have similar viewpoints and values, and they may share similar backgrounds and traditions. They witness the milestones and unexpected changes of life, the highs and lows, celebrations and sadness. ” – Psychology Today, February 1, 2016 After reading the passage, respond to A, B, and C below: (A) Describe a relationship, or friendship, of your own that addresses the comments outlined in the scenario. (B) In the context of the scenario, explain how the relationship described in Part A can be affected by social media. (C) In the context of the scenario, explain how relationships between high school students can be affected by social media and their family’s beliefs.
Quantitative Analysis (4 points total) • Analyze quantitative data, identify a trend or pattern, draw a conclusion from the visual representation, and explain how the data relates to a political principle, institution, process, policy, or behavior. • Graphic (table, chart, map, etc. ) is provided, then… – Identify/describe the data in the graphic (1 point) – Describe a pattern, trend, or similarity/difference (1 point) AND draw a conclusion for that pattern, trend, or sim/diff (1 point) – Explain how data in the graphic demonstrates a concept/principle (1 point)
Quantitative Analysis – REAL EXAMPLE Use the information graphic to answer the questions. (A) Identify the most common level of education spending by states in the Southeast. (B) Describe a similarity or difference in public education spending by state or region, as illustrated in the information graphic, and draw a conclusion about that similarity or difference. (C) Explain how public education spending as shown in the information graphic demonstrates the principle of federalism.
Quantitative Analysis – FUN EXAMPLE Use the information graphic to answer the questions. (A) Identify the most common type of breakfast consumed by teens. (B) Describe a similarity or difference in breakfast consumption, as illustrated in the information graphic, and draw a conclusion about that similarity or difference. (C) Explain how breakfast consumption as shown in the information graphic demonstrates the idea of _______________.
SCOTUS Comparison (4 points total) • Compare a nonrequired Supreme Court case with a required Supreme Court case, explaining how information from the required case is relevant to that in the nonrequired one. • A passage/excerpt from two cases is provided, then… – Identify a similarity or difference between the two cases (1 point) – Provide factual information requested regarding the required case (1 point) AND explain how/why that info is relevant to the second case (1 point) – Describe/Explain an interaction between the holding of the non-required case and a relevant political institution, behavior, or process (1 point)
SCOTUS Comparison – REAL EXAMPLE Monthly town board meetings in Greece, NY, opened with a prayer given by clergy selected from the congregations listed in a local directly, but nearly all the local churches were Christian, so nearly all of the participating prayer givers were, too. A lawsuit was filed alleging that the town violated the Constitution by preferring Christians over other religious groups and by sponsoring sectarian prayers. Petitioners sought to limit the town to “inclusive and ecumenical” prayers that referred only to a “generic god. ” In the ensuing case, Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014), the Supreme Court held in a 54 decision that no constitutional violation existed. The majority opinion stated that legislative prayer in this situation lent gravity to public business, reminded lawmakers to transcend petty differences to pursue a higher purpose, reflected values that were a part of the nation’s heritage, provided a spirit of cooperation, and celebrated the changing o season. The audience was primarily lawmakers themselves, and though many bowed their heads during the prayer, they did not solicit similar gestures by the public. It was delivered as a ceremonial portion of the town’s meeting.
SCOTUS Comparison – Real Example Using the Greece v. Galloway (2014) example. . . (A) Identify the constitutional clause that is common to both Greece v. Galloway (2014) and Engel v. Vitale (1962). (B)Based on the constitutional clause identified in part A, explain why the facts of Engel v. Vitale led to a different holding than the holding in Greece v. Galloway. (C)Describe an action that members of the public who disagree with the holding in Greece v. Galloway could take to limit its impact.
SCOTUS Comparison – FUN EXAMPLE • Title/excerpt/description of Movie #1 as described by IMDB. com – must be a movie that EVERYONE has seen. • Excerpt/description of Movie #2 (in similar genre) as descried by IMDB. com.
SCOTUS Comparison – Real Example Using the movies example. . . (A) Identify a theme that is common to both movies. (B)Based on theme identified in part A, explain why the storyline of _________ led to a different ending than the ending in ____________. (C)Describe a piece of information that members of the Academy, who nominate actors and directors for the Oscars, could take into consideration when making award nominations.
Argument Essay (6 points total) • Develop an argument in the form of an essay, using evidence from one or more required foundational documents. • A good response should: – Articulate a defensible claim or thesis that responds to and establishes a line of reasoning (1 point) – Use two pieces of specific and relevant evidence to support the argument (3 points) – Explain how or why the evidence supports the claim or thesis (1 point) – Respond to an opposing or alternate perspective using refutation, concession, or rebuttal that is consistent with the argument (1 point)
Argument Essay – REAL EXAMPLE Develop an argument that explains which of the three models of representative democracy – participatory, pluralist, or elite – best achieves the founders’ intent for American democracy in terms of ensuring a stable government run by the people. • Articulate a defensible claim or thesis that responds to the prompt and establishes a line of reasoning.
Argument Essay – REAL EXAMPLE • Support your claim with at least TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information: – At least ONE piece of evidence must be from one of the following foundational documents: – Brutus 1 – Federalist No. 10 – U. S. Constitution – Use a second piece of evidence from another foundational document from the list or from your study of the electoral process • Use reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim/thesis • Respond to an opposing or alternative perspective using refutation, concession, or rebuttal
Argument Essay – FUN EXAMPLE Develop an argument that explains which school policy – attendance, senior release, or academic integrity – best achieves the administration’s intent for students to achieve academic success. • Articulate a defensible claim or thesis that responds to the prompt and establishes a line of reasoning. • Support your claim with at least TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information: – At least ONE piece of evidence must be from: – School Handbook (yes…you can get it out to look at it…) – Use a second piece of evidence from the handbook or another school document (ex. Hallway poster, etc. ) • Use reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim/thesis • Respond to an opposing or alternative perspective using refutation, concession, or rebuttal
And now…you’re ready to take the AP Gov exam! Right…? ? ?