UK Political History for “A” Day Classes

Hey guys!  Because of our early release schedule today, my “A” day classes didn’t get the full notes on UK political history. So!  If you were in one of those classes, please click the link below to view the rest of the notes, and you can review them while you watch the two videos below which go over them.  This material is also in your assigned reading from the textbook.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this material, and I’ll see you on Monday!

United Kingdom_Political History


Discussion Questions: Politics, Legitimacy, and The Queen

As we move to start our first case study unit, we’re going to set the scene by watching the 2006 film THE QUEEN.  While this is a fictionalized drama, there are many accurate depictions of British political culture and politics in the film, as well as many excellent performances.

As you watch, consider the following questions:

Consider the different perspectives of the queen and prime minister with regards to their feelings about the public in the film.  Why might PM Tony Blair be more concerned with engagement with the public than the queen?  How might their willingness to engage be representative of their differing sources of legitimacy?

After finishing the film, please submit your response to these questions on the form linked here.

Order of Operations for College Applications!

All right, y’all: I know there was some pretty serious angst on Friday when we went over how to use Naviance in advisement, so I’ve written up some step-by-step instructions on how to handle all the parts of the college application process here at North Cobb.  Please be aware that these are GENERALIZED instructions, and your particular circumstance may be unique– in which case you should check with the counseling department for further guidance.  That being said, here’s the checklist I advise you follow:

College Application Order of Operations!


Online Study Session: Unit One!

All right, guys– we’re getting to the end of our initial introduction unit for AP Comparative Government and Politics, and that means that it’s time to study, because you’ve got a test coming up!  (It’s on Thursday, September 12th, if you’ve blocked all such traumatic thoughts.)

So first and foremost, you should download a copy of the Unit One Study Guide  and take a moment to go through it.  Identify which terms and concepts you need assistance with, and then you can participate in our online study session.  I’ll be doing a YouTube live online study session from 5 to 7 PM on Sunday, September 8th, and you can participate in the following ways:

  • If you plan on watching live, click on the link above and go to the YouTube page for the livestream.  There is a chat option on one side of the page, and you can submit your questions there during the livestream.
  • If you plan on watching after the livestream is over, please submit your questions for me to answer BEFORE 5 PM on Sunday via Remind.  I’ll answer your questions on the livestream, and you can watch the video below to hear the full review session.

Just a note: I will run the study session for two hours OR until the questions run out– whichever happens first.  So that means if you stop asking questions, I’m going to stop talking.

Documentary Questions: Federalism in the US!

As as a check on your understanding of federalism, please respond to the following discussion question.  You may submit your response via the form linked below:

Based on the portion of the documentary we watched in class, what are some of the benefits of federalism in the United States? What are some of the problems of federalism in the United States? What are at least TWO historical events or periods which have influenced the development of federalism in the US?

Documentary Discussion Question Response Form!

FRQs Basics for APCGP!

Hello, hello!  If you were absent on Tuesday, or part of my “B” Day classes on Wednesday, you probably need a little help figuring out how FRQs will work in this class.  If that’s the case, don’t worry: I’ve got you covered.  Watch the two short videos below, and you’ll be all caught up.

And you’ll catch on quickly, I promise– we’re going to do some in-class practice with conceptual analysis questions the next time I see you in class!

“A” DAY ONLY: Diagramming Legitimacy

Hey, “A” Day classes!  Because we lost some class time today– and that’s not a bad thing because talking about college applications is important– I’m going to ask that you do some work for me this weekend in order to keep us on schedule.

Please go to your Unit One reading packet and make sure that you thoroughly read pages 43 through 48, focusing on the concept of legitimacy.  Then, get out a blank sheet of paper and use the information you have read to complete a mindmap which addresses the concepts identified below.  Please use COLOR in your mindmap, and make sure that your examples are CURRENT and POLITICAL.  You will need to turn in your mindmap at the start of class on Monday, August 19th.

Legitimacy Mindmap

Additionally, don’t forget that you will have your second Harkness discussion for this unit on Monday the 19th, addressing the Machiavelli and Weber readings.  If you drew a two for your discussion questions, you need to have them submitted to the discussion submission form by 8:00 AM on Monday.

Instructions for Registering for MyAP

Hello, hello!

I’ve been meaning to do this with you guys all week, but I’ll be honest: the beginning of the year is so busy that it’s largely slipped my mind.  But we need to get you registered for your MyAP accounts in AP Comparative Government and Politics, so if you could try to take care of this over the weekend, I would appreciate it.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your College Board login information to sign in.  This should be the same login information that you’ve used to access your AP scores in the past.  If you’ve forgotten your username or password, please use the links on the page to retrieve them.
  3. Once you have logged on, please select “Join a Course or Exam.”  You will receive a prompt telling you to enter the join code for your class.  I’m not going to post the join codes on this website, because I don’t want random people joining our class.  Instead, I’m sending your class join codes out via Remind, so check your messages.  Please use the code for YOUR CLASS PERIOD to join the course.  (If you screw up and join the wrong class, I can always kick you out and have you join the correct one, but let’s not make more work for ourselves than is necessary.)
  4. Once you’ve joined the class, that’s it!  You’re done for right now.  Thanks for taking care of that.
  5. If you had difficulty logging on or joining the class, let me know IMMEDIATELY at the start of our next class.  I’ll help you troubleshoot.

Have an awesome weekend, guys.