AP US Government and Football

The fans of which major American sports league are the most pro-Trump and which are the most pro-Democratic?

  1. Seriously?

  2. How accurate/lucky was your prediction?

  3. Are there any groups that we don't have statistics on regarding their support for Trump? (i.e., Cutlery Owners; Ambidextrous Actors; Reptile Enthusiasts)?

  4. What does this data tell us about America?

  5. We are divided in politics, but are we united in sports?

  6. Why do you think College Football fans are such big Trump supporters?

  7. Why do you think NBA fans are so pro-Democratic?

  8. What is a consequence of the division shown in these charts?

  9. Which sport do you think Trump personally likes the best?

  10. There have been recent protests by NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem because of American racism. Have there been protests in other leagues?

  11. A friend of mine said she was going to kneel during the national anthem at this week's Carolina Panthers game to protest all the players kneeling during the national anthem. Is there any issue, or can you think of anything that would upset you enough to cause you to protest during the national anthem?

  12. Do you think that the players protesting racism during the national anthem have gotten their point across to the pubic?

  13. Have these protests made America less racist?

  14. Why do we play the national anthem at sporting events, anyway?

  15. What NFL market (metropolitan area where team is centered) is the most Pro-Trump and the least Pro-Trump?*

Learning Extension

Read the FiveThirtyEight story about sports and politics in the US.

Action Extension

Contact the White House and ask the POTUS which sport he likes the best. Share his answer in class or online. You can submit your question online or by phone at - Comments: 202-456-1111

Bonus Charts*

Random Bonus Chart For Absolutely No Good Reason except that it is the Monday after Friday the Thirteenth.

Bonus Question

  1. What is the most popular unisex name in the US?


Pronoun or Antinoun?

What portion of Americans say they personally know someone who prefers a pronoun other than ‘he’ or ‘she’?

  1. How surprised are you by this information?

  2. How accurate was your prediction?

  3. What story does the data tell?

  4. How do you explain the story these data tell?

  5. Explain one impact of this story on American politics.

  6. Is this story good news?

  7. How different do you think this data will be in one decade?

  8. How different do you think this data would have been if it had only been asked of high school students?

  9. Do you personally know someone who prefers a pronoun other than ‘he’ or ‘she’?

  10. My son is a high school sophomore, he says that at his high school, the pronoun question isn’t even a legitimate issue for hardly anyone, “Duh, Dad!” How different is his school from yours?

  11. Explain which current American politician would be the least-likely to use a gender-neutral pronoun.

  12. What question do you have about this information?

  13. It has been said that one of the strongest divides in the United States is between rural (red) and urban (blue) America. How divided is America in regards to pronoun usage?

  14. In the little-known Federalist No. 847, Alexander Hamilton wrote, “if a girl shall be named as a boy; and a boy shall be named as a girl, then the foundations of this mighty nations shall shudder.” What do you think he meant by this?

  15. I know some folks who are legitimately confused just by the idea of gender neutral pronouns. Generally, the older they are the more confused they are. Based on the data in the charts below* what generalization would you make about people who are opposed to the use of gender-neutral pronouns.*

  16. How does political party identification impact views on pronoun usage?*

  17. Which signer of the Constitution do you think would be most confused by the use of gender-neutral pronouns today?

  18. Does the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the use of gender neutral pronouns?

  19. Imagine that you wanted the 28th Amendment to prohibit gender neutral pronouns. What steps would you have to take to get that Amendment ratified?

  20. Explain what year America will elect our first gender-neutral pronoun-using president. (NOTUS?)

Visual Extension*


Learning Extension

Read the Pew Research Center’s report on pronouns.

Action Extension

Find out which American politicians (if any) use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to themselves. Share your answer in class. This politician could be from the local, state, or national (go federalism) level. They could represent your area or not. Contact them and ask them to share something about their pronoun story with your classmates. Share your findings in class or online.


Labor Daze


Today is Labor Day. Shouldn’t you have the day off today?

What is the most common job in your state?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What surprised you about this map?

  3. What didn't surprise you about this map?

  4. What is the big trend you see in the map?

  5. Why do you think that is?

  6. What is one consequence of that trend?

  7. Is this legitimately good news?

  8. Do you plan to be a truck driver?

  9. Do you know any truck drivers?

  10. How different do you think this map would have looked fifty years ago?

  11. What do you think will happen when we mass-produce robot trucks?

  12. How does this map affect you?

  13. In an ideal world, what would the most common job in your state be?

  14. Write a question you'd like answered about this information?

  15. Why do we even have a Labor Day in the first place?

Learning Extension

You can see a slideshow from NPR's Planet Money of how the most common job in each state has changed, year by year, since 1978.

Action Extension

Today is Labor Day. Thank someone who labored for you today.

How many syllables are in caramel


Where people in each state were born


What portion of people living in your state were born in your state?

  1. What story does this map tell about the U.S.?

  2. Why do you think that is?

  3. What is one consequence of this on American politics?

  4. How accurate was your prediction?

  5. How would you describe the overall level of migration for your state?

  6. What state has the highest level of immigration?

  7. What state has the lowest level of immigration?

  8. Do most of the newcomers to your state come from inside or outside the US?

  9. Why do some states attract so many people?

  10. How do you think immigration was different for your state 50 & 100 years ago? You can actually find maps with the answer in this article.

  11. Predict what you think the numbers will be like for your state in 2050:

  12. What is one consequence of a state having a very high number of residents who were born in that state?

  13. What is one consequence of a state having a very low number of residents who were born in that state?

  14. If we got rid of federalism and adopted a unitary system of government how much power would the governors and legislators of each state on the map have?

  15. Is there any state that seems to have the perfect balance of native born residents and migrants?

  16. Explain how migration to your state impacts its overall political ideology?

  17. Explain connections between this map and the 2016 presidential election?

  18. In the comments section below write a piece of advice you would give brand new immigrants to your state:

Visual Extension

Learning Extension

Read the entire article about US mobility and check out the interactive maps comparing migration over the past century.

Action Extension

Survey your class and find out how many class members were born outside of your state. Compare that total to the state average. Find someone at your school who was not born in your state, ask them four questions about moving to your state, and then give them an "official" warm welcome them to your state.

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Ideology by State

AP Government and Politics

What Ideology is your state?

*If you need a definition of liberal or conservative look no further than right here.

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. In what way did the map characterize your state incorrectly?

  3. What most surprised you about this map?

  4. What least surprised you about this map?

  5. What geographical trends do you see in the map?

  6. Some states are very conservative (Alabama) while others are very liberal (Massachusetts). Why do you think that is?

  7. Because Alabama and Massachusetts are very different, what different policies do you think those states have made?

  8. How closely did state ideology correspond to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election?

  9. Overall, would you say that the US is more liberal, conservative, or just plain average? In the comments section, support your contention with one example or reason:

  10. At one point, North Carolina (the best state ever), Virginia (not), and Kansas were reliably conservative states. What do you think has happened to make them more liberal?

  11. One thing that is certain is change. How different do you think this map will look in 20 years?

  12. What state do you think would most like Honey Boo Boo?

  13. In the comments section, explain what would be best and what would be worst about moving to a state that is diametrically ideologically different from your personal beliefs.

  14. Of all the states, which do you think is the most liberal and the most conservative?*

Learning Extension

Check out this article on Gallup's top ten most conservative and liberal states, along with rankings below*:

Action Extension

Research the political party of the US Senators and US House members from your state. Contact any politicians from your state who are out of line with your state's ideology (as shown in the map above) and advise them on how they should vote on one particular issue that would more closely align them with their state's ideology. You can locate your Representative:

U.S. House of Representatives: www.house.gov

U.S. Senate: www.senate.gov

Ideology by Congressional District

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