AP U.S. Government and Politics "Indian Summer" Reading – “The Federalist Fifteen”
Please read Federalist Papers 1, 5, 9, 10, 23, 48, 51, 67, 78, and 84. Then select five additional Federalist Papers to read closely. Your selections can be determined by which of the three authors you particularly enjoy, the pursuit of a particular topic, or any other method that you find to be suitable. Students will write an essay on September 26th in response to an AP Free Response Question about one of the ten specified Federalist Papers during the first week of classes. While there are many places to access the Federalist Papers, this website effectively organizes the essays by topic: The Federalist Papers .
"The copy of the Federalist Papers that is pictured (below) is a first edition in the collection of the Library of Congress. It was originally owned by Alexander Hamilton's wife, Elizabeth, who gave it to her sister, Angelica Church, from whom her friend, Thomas Jefferson, acquired it. Apparently relying on information supplied by Madison, Jefferson assigned the pseudonymous "Publius" essays to Hamilton, Madison, and Jay in a list on the flyleaf of this volume."
It will be in your best interest (but not required) to familiarize yourself with this document:
http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/ap/students/govpol/ap-cd-govpol-0607.pdfFree Response Essays: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2086.html#name09
some of the free response essays (as well as the scoring guidelines, student performance Q&A, sample responses, grading, etc.):
If you are interested in refining your writing structure and style, check out this website:
"Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States" is an oil-on-canvas painting by Howard Chandler Christy depicting the federal convention signing the United States Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Christy created the painting in April 1940. It currently is displayed along the east stairway in the House of Representatives wing in the Capitol building.
Only 39 of the 55 delegates are pictured in the painting; not included are the three delegates who did not sign the Constitution or the 13 delegates who left the convention. On the right side of the painting, on the dais, is George Washington, standing upright and signing the Constitution on a desk. The windows are open and an aura of light surrounds Washington's upper body. Above him is an American flag and drum. Behind him are James Wilson of Pennsylvania of Pennsylvania and Richard Bassett of Delaware, talking with each other. Behind them on the far right is another Delaware delegate, George Read; below them is the another Pennsylvania delegate, Robert Morris. Slightly to the right of Washington is the standing Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer from Maryland. William Jackson, the Convention's secretary, is unusually prominent in the painting, directly in the center, standing, in red." Lloyd, Gordon. "About Howard Chandler Christy's Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States."
- http://www.teachingamericanhistory.org/convention/christy/ (interactive website!)