Below are 13 samples, each of which includes:
- A sample essential question which introduces the argument essay prompt on some area of government. (There is an online course available which teaches the process of making these kinds of questions)
- A draft prompt including three founding documents that could help shape the students’ arguments.
I’ve posted some samples for the Supreme Court comparison FRQ here
Interest groups: Do interest groups hinder or promote democracy? Prompt
Gridlock: Is gridlock from divided government healthy or unhealthy for our system of government? Prompt
Term limits: Do congressional term limits violate or honor popular sovereignty? Prompt
Citizen participation: Does citizen participation really matter? Prompt
Primaries and caucuses: Is the presidential nominating process democratic? Prompt
Presidency: Do executive orders give the president too much power? Prompt
Photo IDs and federalism: Do states have the authority to pass photo identification laws which restrict people’s ability to vote? Prompt
Social Media: Is social media a healthy way for citizens to participate in our political system? Prompt
Electoral College: Should the electoral college be abolished? Prompt
Civil Rights: Should the federal government have power over states in the shaping of civil rights policies? Prompt
Representative versus direct democracy: Which is a better vehicle to serve citizen needs– a representative or direct democracy? Prompt
Independent judiciary: Is an independent judiciary a threat to or a savior for democracy? Prompt
Congressional oversight: Is congressional oversight healthy or unhealthy for our system of government? Prompt
Overall, I really like the changes to the AP government exam. Not only is the entire course framework organized by essential questions, one of the new FRQs– the argument essay– implies an essential question.
I’m excited to teach an online course this summer through Adams State U. titled “Teach Different with Essential Questions”. In it teachers learn a 3-step process of making claims and counter-claims to generate essential questions.
This can be a great opportunity to craft questions aligned to essay prompts.
Sessions begin June 3rd , July 1st