Valentine's Day

AP US Government and Politics and Candy

According to the American general public, what is the most important reason to get married?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this information?

  3. Is the information from the chart generally good or bad news?

  4. Let’s say that the government wanted to increase the number of marriages in the U.S. List two policies the government could make to Achieve its goal?

  5. There is a U.S. Department of energy, and the interior, and Treasury. Do you think there should be a U.S. Department of love?

  6. If so, who would be the secretary of love?

  7. I once taught with a man named Dr. Love! I also once had a student named Ms. Love. Then again, growing up, my neighbor was Rusty Peacock and I had a schoolmate named Marshall Law. For real, What is the best Valentine’s name you have ever heard?

  8. Explain which of the reasons listed in the chart is the best reason to get married.

  9. Explain which is the worst reason to get married.

  10. If someone told you that they were getting married for financial stability, after you slapped them right in the chops, what would you tell them?

  11. Do you plan on marrying?

  12. Compared to older generations, Does your generation plan on getting married?*

  13. Why do you think that is? Does that matter?

  14. Would the socioeconomic status of a person impact the likelihood of you marrying them?

  15. Are Americans more likely to marry outside of their faith today than in 1960?*

  16. Why do you think that is?

  17. Until very recently, LGBTQ people have not had the legal right to marry in the US. What is America’s opinion of same-sex marriage now?*

  18. What is your opinion of the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal?

  19. Was answering these questions a pretty romantic way to spend Valentine's Day, or what!?!

  20. Ask your beloved Valentine the same question on your big Valentine's Day date and see what they say/if they slap you.

Visual Extension*

Teacher cards valentines.jpg

Learning Extension

Check out all the great love and marriage charts at Pew.

Action Extension

Interview five married people and five unmarried people. Ask them to name the best 3 reasons for marriage. Compile your date, compare the results of the two groups, and share it online or in class, then get married.

GoPo Valentine’s Day Card


Here is your GoPo Valentine's Day Gift

Crazy Town

What is the strangest town name in the U.S. of A.?

  1. Do you think any of these names are real?*

  2. Which place would you least want to live in?

  3. Which place would you most want to live in?

  4. Why the hell would someone name a town, Catfish Paradise?????

  5. Do you really believe there is a place called Ding Dong, Texas?

  6. What is wrong with these people?

  7. Make up your own strange place name for your town or city.**

*I looked them up. They are all real!!!!

Learning Extension

Read Estately's comprehensive list of the top crazy names in each state, or this list of 50 crazy place names in the US. And you might also want to read the U.S. Constitution for guidance.

Action Extension

1)Go visit any one of the places named on the map. For example, visit Pig, Kentucky and when you get to the city limits take a picture of the "Welcome to Pig." sign. Post the picture on Twitter to @UsGoPoPro

2)Lobby the city council in your town or city to change your place name you made up in #7 above.** People like change. I'm sure they'll do it.

3)Take part in our survey below:

Chugwater, Wyoming is the craziest place name in the entire U.S. of A.
Chugwater, Wyoming is the craziest place name in the entire U.S. of A.

Why is your state so...

How does Google describe your state?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How accurately does Google's autocomplete describe your state?

  3. Which of the state autocompletes is the most accurate?

  4. Which of the state autocompletes would be the worst to have?

  5. Which of the state autocompletes would be the best to have?

  6. What do you think the Google autocomplete is for "Why is the U.S.A. so..."*

  7. What is the absolute worst state in America and what makes it so unbearable?

  8. In the comments section, write your own autocomplete for your state that you think is more appropriate than Google's:

Learning Extension

Read this great Atlantic article about how Google autocomplete was...

Action Extension

Share this Google Autocomplete map on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your favorite social media spot.


Bonus Map - for absolutely no good reason.

Snow Day

Special bonus insnowgraphic to celebrate super storm Jonas.

¿How much snow does it take to have a school snow day where you live?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How many days have you been out of school this year because of snow?

  3. Is your school about to get spanked by Blizzard Jonas, aka. snowpocalypse 2016?

  4. Based on this map, where would you most want to live?

  5. How lousy is your school district in getting snow days right?

  6. What is the best thing about snow days?

  7. Do you have more snow days now than when you were younger?

  8. What state do you think it snows the least in?

  9. In the comments section, write down a question for this map that you've created:

  10. Q: Does the national AP GoPo exam get moved to a later date if it snows a lot?


Action Extension

Interview your parents and ask them how the weather has changed since they were kids. Tell them that you respect their walking miles through blizzards to get to school, but that the times are a changin'!


Who are we pardoning for Thanksgiving?

It's almost Thanksgiving break. Here's a special holiday video starter!

  1. Article II of the Constitution allows the president the power to, "grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment." Does the Constitution mention turkeys????

  2. This Thanksgiving, would you rather pardon or eat a turkey?

  3. When did this crazy turkey-pardoning event begin, anyway?*

  4. I think that the animal that least deserves a presidential pardon is a camel (They're mean! They spit! They've been known to kill people by sitting on them!) What animal do you think least deserves a presidential pardon?


Action Extension

Get a baby turkey, raises it like your own child, then pardon it on Thanksgiving and set it free.