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  •  Well, the good thing about AP Government is (5+ / 0-)

    that your students will have to know the "textbook" answer on the AP exam.  Then, they will see how the "textbook" answer differs from what is going on in real life and then they can draw their own conclusions.  No one can jump your shit for teaching Marbury vs Madison, The Federalist Papers or the Constitution and having your students draw their own conclusions.  Yet.

    "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."

    by calipygian on Sat Sep 23, 2006 at 06:46:54 AM PDT

    •  actually, few textbook answers on exam (4+ / 0-)

      which is the nice thing  -  if a student can on a free response question address what they are looking for on rubric, it might not be the "textbook" answer but if reasonbly supported the student gets credit

      and on multiple choice, I train them to look at all the answers and pick the one that stinks the least.  AP is of higher quality in that regard than what they will see on mandatory state exam in government.

      Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

      by teacherken on Sat Sep 23, 2006 at 06:59:42 AM PDT

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      •  The AP program must have changed a lot (3+ / 0-)
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        sardonyx, wader, possum

        since I took AP classes.  Twenty years ago, IIRC it was just straight up multiple guess.  Pick the answer that stinks least, indeed.

        "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."

        by calipygian on Sat Sep 23, 2006 at 07:02:35 AM PDT

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