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Part III–Sample Prompts for the Argument Essay FRQ- AP government


In  Part I  we had prompts on interest groups, term limits, gridlock, citizen participation and primaries and caucuses.  In Part II it was executive orders, photo ids, social media and the electoral college.

Here we go with part III…

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Sample Prompts for the Argument Essay FRQ- AP government


Below are 14 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 your students bored with the founding documents?

Check out this Cartoon.  It describes a 3-Step student engagement technique that you can use with the founding documents to make them more interesting

I used the technique with success with Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail and the Articles of Confederation.

AP Government Argument Essay Samples

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 indexpopular 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?  Promptvoter_id

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?  PromptThe_Kavanaugh_family_and_Donald_Trump

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

NEW! Political Parties:  Do political parties hinder or promote democracy?  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.

Need help with Supreme Court comparison FRQ?    I’ve posted some samples here