Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Support for teaching

If you teach the Advanced Placement Comparative Politics course and missed the newsletter sent out last week by the AP program, here are some great ideas:

On December 11, 2006, Mehrzad Boroujerdi of Syracuse University will present an online, interactive session about the politics and society of modern Iran. Boroujerdi is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism and the founder of Syracuse's Middle Eastern Studies Program.

AP teachers should note that Dr. Boroujerdi is a member of the AP Comparative Government and Politics Development Committee. His influence can be seen in the course outline and in the AP exams.

Using strategies for the AP teacher as his framework, Boroujerdi will offer
  • historical and theoretical perspectives on such topics as Iran's cultural heritage
  • the country's class, ethnic, and religious divisions
  • the causes and consequences of the 1979 revolution and
  • the nature of the nation's post-revolutionary political system

This two-hour event, titled "Teaching Iran in the AP Classroom," will start at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

The deadline for registration is December 6.

For additional information and instructions for registering, visit AP Government and Politics Online Events

You can watch "Getting Ready for the New AP Comparative Government and Politics Course," an archived version of an online event that was offered last spring. Visit the Archived Events page for AP Government.

The newsletter also noted that all materials related to the 2006 AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam are now posted on the AP Comparative Government and Politics Exam page, including the free-response questions, sample student responses, scoring commentary, scoring guidelines, scoring statistics, and Student Performance Q&A. These documents join an extensive archive of exam information from past years.

Finally, if you are concerned about the AP Course Audit, the newsletter offers
  • a AP Course Audit PowerPoint(R) presentation you can download
  • District-designed AP Course Audit activities
  • a Syllabus self-evaluation checklist
  • Annotated sample syllabi
  • Free online presentations on the AP Course Audit process
    • December 14, the College Board will hold a live, interactive, online presentation with a walk-through of the AP Course Audit Web site demonstration
    • AP Course Audit Web site demonstration (available December 2006)

Go to AP Course Audit Information.


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