Sample Prompts for the Argument Essay FRQ- AP government

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Below are 16 samples, each of which includes:

  • A sample essential question which introduces the argument essay prompt on some area of government.
  • A draft prompt including three founding documents that could help shape the students’ arguments.

(Are you tired of trying to get students’ attention?  Here is a really cool conversation strategy to turn the tide.  I’ve used it to set up these FRQs.)

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AP Government Argument Essay Samples

NEWIndependent judiciary:  Is an independent judiciary a threat to or a savior for democracy?  Prompt

Congressional roles:  Does the delegate or trustee model of Congressional representation best serve the needs of the people as the Framers intended?  Prompt

Federalism in the Age of Coronavirus: Should the federal government or the states be most responsible for responding to the Coronavirus outbreak?  Prompt

Political Parties:  Do political parties hinder or promote democracy?  Prompt

Congressional oversight:  Is congressional oversight healthy or unhealthy for our system of government?  Prompt

Interest groups: Do interest groups hinder or promote democracy?  Prompt

Civil Rights:  Should the federal government have power over states in the shaping of civil rights policies?  Prompt

Citizen participation: Does citizen participation really matter?  Prompt

Photo IDs and federalism:  Do states have the authority to pass photo identification laws which restrict people’s ability to vote?  Prompt

Presidential power:  Do executive orders give the president too much power?  Prompt

Gridlock:  Is gridlock healthy or unhealthy for our system of government?  Prompt

Term limits:  Do congressional term limits violate or honor indexpopular sovereignty? Prompt

Primaries and caucuses: Is the presidential nominating process democratic? Prompt

Social Media:  Is social media a healthy way for citizens to participate in our political system?  Promptvoter_id

Electoral College:  Should the electoral college be abolished?  Prompt

Representative versus direct democracy: Which is a better vehicle to serve citizen needs– a representative or direct democracy?  PromptThe_Kavanaugh_family_and_Donald_Trump

Independent judiciary:  Is an independent judiciary a threat to or a savior for democracy?  Prompt


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2 thoughts on “Sample Prompts for the Argument Essay FRQ- AP government

    1. Dan Fouts Post author

      Hey Chris, my plan is to add rubrics gradually. Let me know if you try any of these out and whether you want more. You can sign up to follow the blog if you want

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