SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT ROOM 113
2014 - 2015 Academic Year
AP PSYCHOLOGY Government & Politics: Advanced Placement, 2nd Track
Myers, D. G. (2011). Myers’ psychology for AP. New York: Worth Publishers. (Not available online)
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Areas covered include: history of psychology; research methods; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; cognitive psychology; physical, social and emotional development; abnormal behavior and therapies; social psychology; and gender differences. This is a rigorous and demanding course requiring students to have a strong work ethic, to read at a rigorous pace, and to complete a variety of writing assignments. Students are expected to demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills and independent work habits. This course follows the APA guidelines for Advanced Placement Psychology, and all students are expected to take the AP exam in May 2014.
1. study the fundamental concepts and theories of psychology.
2. learn the basic skills of psychological research.
3. develop critical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion skills.
4. analyze ethical issues and enduring psychological questions.
5. apply psychological principles in their own lives.
6. prepare to earn a passing score on the AP Psychology Exam.
AP Psychology distribution of quarterly grading components:
Unit Essays 33%
AP Government & Politics
American Government & Politics
Content: American Government & Politics is a Sophomore course ............................ Incorporated into the study of American Government & Politics will be a consistent review of Current Events and their relationship to the past as well as their impact on the future. Students will be required to purchase The New York Times – Upfront Magazine for $11.00. Please enclose the fee in an envelope with name and period. Study Skills will be reviewed and reinforced as a part of the reading, writing, thinking, note-taking, and testing requirements. Critical Thinking Skills will be challenged. Writing assignments will be required, and special attention must be paid to following directions and writing mechanics.
Grading Policy: The student’s grade will be compiled per marking period by the average of the following: Major Chapter Tests and frequent Section and Homework Quizzes, Quarterly Projects, Special Reading and Writing Assignments, Homework,
Participation and Effort. A cumulative test will be administered at the end of the 1st Semester, and a Final Cumulative Exam will be administered in June. As a rule, the lowest grade is dropped each Quarter with the exception of Special Assignments but only if there are no more than two grade entries missing within that Quarter
Homework: Homework is specifically designed to reinforce a previous class, prepare for an upcoming class, or to enrich the student; therefore, Homework is an integral part of studying World History. Reading assignments are homework and essential to understanding the topic covered, the written work assigned and the quizzes and tests administered. Because only limited reading assignments are given, it is recommended that you read slowly and thoroughly, making notes of the information and marking off anything that is confusing or misunderstood. Many reading assignments will be in conjunction with a workbook page, and it is recommended that you initially understand the objective of the assignment. Focusing on the objective of an assignment can create a better understanding of the material reviewed and studied, and the objective will be presented when the assignment is given as well as when it is reviewed. Missing or late assignments and poorly completed assignments will result in a loss of substantial points from the homework grade. Loss of points can result in a zero. An absence can not be an excuse for a missed homework . Homework assignments will be posted on the Home Page, and unless a worksheet has been distributed that is not available on the home page, you are responsible for your assignment. Worksheets and Class Assignments will be available in the class bin. It is your responsibility to check for your work. Please make arrangements for missed assignments due to extended sick absences.
Requirements: You must have your covered text book with you for all classes unless otherwise noted. A binder or copybook is mandatory and present as well for each class. A folder is necessary in some form to house the myriad of papers you will need to keep organized. In addition, you will need an occasional index card and a small supply of loose leaf. There will be assignments that will need to be word processed, so if a computer is not readily available, please inform. .Class participation will be a necessary part of achieving successful grades in World History ll, and engaging in class discussion, asking questions, contributing and thinking critically will only improve your grade as well as your appreciation of History and Political Science.
Special Notes: *Major tests are too important to miss, but should a student be absent on a test day (day 6 or 3), it is the student’s responsibility to make up the test. You must see me the day you return to school before class time preferably and expect to make up the test after school or during your lunch period if possible. All tests are given ample notice; therefore, only if a student is absent for more that two class days will consideration be given for additional prep time. If you know you will be absent, you are required to inform me.
*Quizzes are either random (Homework Quiz) or assigned (Study Quiz) and students may not be able to be make them up. Yet if they can be, you will need to be prepared. *Tests are designed to reflect reading assignments, worksheets, lecture notes, written homework assignments and section quizzes. It is imperative then that students collate their work in an organized manner in order to achieve the 1st step in studying for a major test.- KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TO STUDY. Attention will be given to those items of importance before the test. Should a student be missing an important handout or quiz, additional copies will not be available. STAY ORGANIZED.
If necessary, Parents will be contacted throughout the year and a conference may be scheduled with the student present. All grades and assignments will be posted on Grade Connect. Parents, it is necessary for you to sign up to the Grade Connect Email.
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