USGOPO.com is a site for United States Government and Politics teachers and students that includes activities, readings, links, videos, reference sites, etc. It includes a daily bell-ringer, weekly news articles, and additional features. USGOPO also serves as a database of student activities link-able on any day.
USGOPO.com is created and operated by David Wolfford, author of AMSCO’s AP United States Government and Politics (Perfection Learning).
The Daily Briefing offers a short bell-ringer or student activity (5-15 min) with 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 Daily 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, starting with Constitutional Foundations in August and ending in May with several review posts before exam day. USGOPO.com provides access to a year’s worth of Daily Briefings links in this collection. A special thanks to fellow Government teachers Patrick Sprinkle and Travis Fitzgerald for help in creating and editing the Daily Briefings.
Search Tips: Browse the Daily Briefings Archive and Schedule, 2019-20, also in Web form, or use the Search Box or calendar. Remember, a search will show initially the top 5 posts, use the red buttons below the fifth listing to see additional results from that search. Once on a post, click the categories atop, or the tags below, to find similar Daily Briefings. You can use today’s Briefing, or select the activities you prefer, copy the links, and plan accordingly.
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.