180+ Daily Briefings.
Weekly Articles w. Questions.
Monthly Report suitable for Analysis.
Quarterly Profile, Expose, or investigative Report.
An Annual Test Review with Materials and Practice Questions.
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 news articles, monthly and quarterly features, and an annual exam review.
USGOPO.com is created and operated by David Wolfford, author of AMSCO’s United States Government and Politics: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (Perfection Learning).
The Daily Briefing offers a short bell-ringer or student activity, including a deeper look at Foundational Documents, Supreme Court cases, terms, multiple-choice and free-response questions, embedded YouTube videos, audio files, short readings, original and linked content. Each day’s Briefing has accompanying questions or other student task. A new Daily Briefing appears M-F, in a topic-sequence that parallels many year-long Government classes. That is, the Constitutional Foundations Briefings begin in August and several Review posts appear in late April. They typically take 5 to 15 minutes that willing and capable students can do in isolation.
You can browse the Archive (PDF) by date or subject-area, enter key terms in the Search Box, refer to the calendar at bottom, click the categories atop or the tags below each Daily Briefing post. You can find a new student-friendly Briefing each school day or pick a from the annual list and plan according to your class schedule. Simply copy and paste the links, which are accessible any time. Daily Briefings appear every day, are doable on any day, and assignable on any day you choose.
Weekly Current Events provides recent, carefully chosen, linked news pieces, and thoughtful 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 docs. The chosen reports, op-eds, and profiles come from a variety of news outlets, traditional, objective referee-style journalists and those who pose sophisticated argument, with an effort toward balance over the long run. The Question are useful for class discussion, assigned homework, or potential 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 Advanced Placement 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.com provides links to the Foundational Documents, the required Supreme Court cases, and the Civic Engagement Project (bottom right of page). You will find the site highly geared to the Advanced Placement(R) curriculum and goes well with David’s AMSCO book.