USGOPO.com is a site for studying United States Government and Politics that includes activities, readings, links, and videos. It is meant to be useful to both teachers and students. It includes a daily bellringer, weekly articles, a more detailed monthly feature, quarterly reports, and an annual review for the exam.
It is operated by David Wolfford, author of United States Government and Politics: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (AMSCO/Perfection Learning).
Daily Briefing offers a short, daily activity or bell ringer. Examples include complicated definitions or explanations of government terms, unique dates in political history, embedded YouTube or C-SPAN videos, and other brief student activities.
Weekly Current Events provides three recent and carefully chosen and linked news pieces, and questions. Copy and paste the articles or links to your own digital platform or use the Weekly Current Events page where you’ll find questions in both PDF and MS Word. The chosen reports, op-eds, and profiles come from a variety of news outlets. The Question are useful for class discussion, assigned homework, or quizzes. You can find previous articles and questions at the Weekly Current Events Archive.
The Monthly Report is all or part of a government-issued, interest group, or other report suitable for student analysis. Accompanying the report are questions that are aligned with state and national standards. The Monthly Report will occasionally include links to in-depth or even scholarly articles of interest to political scientists, historians, and advanced students.
The Quarterly Grade will include periodic commentary or updates on education, the state of political science and social studies education, the Advanced Placement program, and updates from the College Board, national teacher organizations, and publications.
The Yearly Review provides useful activities and tools for end-of-course review, especially for the Advanced Placement national exam.
The Units listed to the right, coincide with the five units in the redesigned AP Government Course and Exam Description, and include activities, lessons, links, terms lists, video clips, and original content.
David’s book, AMSCO’s United States Government and Politics (Perfection Learning), is a thorough yet concise, affordable text for anyone taking the AP Government and Politics exam. For more information, click here.
USGOPO provides links to the Foundational Documents, the e required Supreme Court cases, and hte Civic Engagement Project (bottom right of page).