AP Government Review Materials

Here are a few study helps:

Need a quick overview of the major AP Gov units? http://mrfarshtey.net/apgov_exam_review.html

Watch a few quick videos on Government for Dummies: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD5CB52988D815420

An excellent review of the entire coursehttps://mr-shulman.wikispaces.com/Content+Review+of+the+Entire+Course%21%21

Online Practice Quizzeshttp://college.cengage.com/polisci/wilson/am_gov/9e/students/ace/index.html

Lots of games to help you remember: http://www.bubbabrain.com/ap.php


There is a new episode of Cram for the Exam this weekend. It should be online on Sunday, Okinawa time. Go to http://www.c-spanclassroom.org to watch this new one or a few of the older episodes.


Things Fall Apart Essay

Honors 10 Students,

Here are a couple of items that may help you as you write your paper.

1. Ami asked about the bibliography for the TFA background information packet. Here it is:

“FYI: Things Fall Apart.” Things Fall Apart and Related Readings. Evanston: McDougal Littell, 1997. 25-30. Print. Literature Connections Sourebook.

2. In case you lost it, attached is the grading rubric. Be sure to use this to ensure you earn a top score on your paper.

TFA Grading Rubric

Happy writing!

Mr. Coia

The 27 Amendments Bumper Stickers


On Thursday, April 2, you will work on your Amendments sheet (you have this as a notebook check item or here). After completing this sheet in class in a triad, you will enter your top 5-7 bumper stickers in a Google form.

I’ll compile and provide a list for all to see and study for our exam.


This is a quarter 4 graded assignment. It must be completed by Friday, April 3, at 1420.

Google Form link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PuK9y0ZG0FKnd1Ifu4AVHdkGpPn8ENm9PQpi9neeyy4/viewform


Bureaucracy of Pizza

AP Gov Students,

I’m am terribly sorry, but I thought I put the handout online, but it is not there. I cannot access my work files from home, so I’ll print copies tomorrow morning for all.

Thanks, and sorry for the trouble.
Mr. Coia


We’ll use this in class tomorrow:

The Bureaucracy of Pizza

Internet Resources

The links below will assist you in determining how each federal agency and/or department regulates each pizza component:

    1. Cardboard Box: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/tools/cpg/pdf/paper.pdf
    2. Tomato Sauce: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3010852
    3. Crust: http://askfsis.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1338
    4. Cheese: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3006740
    5. Mushrooms: http://www.matsiman.com/mushroom_news_flash_revised_food.htm
    6. Anchovies (seafood): http://www.registrarcorp.com/fda-fce-sample/Anchovy?lang=ch
    7. Pepperoni: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41076-2004May19.html
    8. Onions: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/8e/onion.html
    9. Delivery Vehicle: http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/title2.html#iia
    10. Diet Soda: http://www.rense.com/general33/legal.htm

Write #2 Information

Honors 10 Kids:

Remember, your only homework is to complete Write #2 in your composition book. Here is the prompt (from page 2 of the unit guide).


Write #2: Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion: Examine the following line from Marmion: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!”

  • How is the metaphor of a web effective for the topic of deceit?
  • Write about a time you found yourself spinning such a web. What were the results?
  • What is the connection between this quote and A Doll’s House?


This should be much better than our usual entries, as this is our only assignment.


Mr. Coia


BTW, the books arrived this morning. Stop by Monday or Tuesday is you want to pick one up.

Be a fighter, not a lover!

When it comes to writing an argument essay, you must take a strong stance and defend it convincingly. You need to “fight” to persuade your audience to side with you.

If you’re totally lost or just want to start from the very beginning, here’s a basic breakdown of how to write an argument essay outline.

If your on the right track and just need some help with the details, here are some tips on how to write better hook sentences and thesis statements.

Also, here is a good tip about conclusions:

Your conclusion should create a sense of movement to a more complex understanding of the subject of your paper…It should not simply restate your intro paragraph. If your conclusion says almost the exact same thing as your introduction, it may indicate that you have not done enough critical thinking during the course of your essay (since you ended up right where you started).”

Good luck!

Thoreau Work Update

Here’s a bit of an update after my absences:

Due Tuesday, 12/9: All work done last week on Emerson. RT cards 1-60. Bring Lang of Comp book. Memorize the opening sentence.

NOT Due tomorrow: Thoreau work that was going to be started last Friday. We’ll begin Friday’s work tomorrow. Do Not do the reading about Thoreau, “What I Lived For,” 5+5+2, etc.

Thanks for understandings!

Mr. Coia

Election Interview Project



Government Students:

Remember that this is the last weekend to complete the Election Interview sheet. You will not only interview at least five people, but you will also TYPE it in the Election Interview template (or another format if that works).

Be sure that you spend time on the thoughts and conclusion section at the bottom. This MUST be a minimum of two paragraphs to include information that we’ve studied in this unit.

This goes into the Writing/Tests/Projects category of our grades, so please make this a great assignment.