First Steps

  1. You’re here. That’s a great start. Don’t panic, or stop panicking.

  2. Select a textbook and read it before your students do.

  3. Check out the College Boards's GoPo home page at AP Central where you'll find the GoPo Course Description the 1999 Released Exam, and all the FRQ questions, rubrics, and student samples you could ever ask for!

  4. Take the 1999 Released Exam, and the 2002 and 2009 released AP multiple-choice tests (if you can find them); internalize the tests, look for patterns, and try to understand the test. Cherry-pick the best questions to include on your own students’ tests.

  5. Take a couple of old AP free response tests and grade them with the AP rubrics and scoring guidelines. Hack a few of these questions to test your students.

  6. Select a reliable news source to connect content to current events. Try Vox which is cheap (free) and fabulous.

  7. Get a copy of The Lanahan Readings in the American Polity by Ann Serow & Everett Ladd (Lanahan Publishers) and find one reading to use per unit.

  8. Get an AP review book. I like the Princeton Review the best, or make your own.

  9. Use my AP website as a resource.

  10. When you run out of time, energy, and creativity go to my website and get all the lessons, class starters, and reviews you need.

  11. Lather, rinse, and repeat.


You probably don’t have time to take all of these steps, so start at the beginning and work your way down until you are out of time. It gets easier each year you teach AP GoPo.