Comparative Government

John Moyer

John Moyer entered teaching in 1990 for one reason- to positively impact the lives of young people.  29 years later- that mission has not changed, yet he continues to evolve as an educator. John firmly believes in helping his students think critically about the content of any course he teaches.  He is committed to helping his students to develop transferable skills that are taught and honed in the midst of course content.  Having been a former teacher and AP Reader in AP United States History, John currently teaches AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP United States Government and Politics as well as AP Micro/Macroeconomics.  Since 2005, John has served as both a Reader and a Table Leader for U.S. Government & Politics. Additionally, John teaches a course for aspiring student leaders and is currently employed as the District Leadership Coach for the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, where he coaches district leaders on how to improve their functioning as leaders.  

Course Description

John’s APSI Comparative Government & Politics course will prepare both new and experienced teachers to effectively teach the course. Institute participants can expect to leave the workshop more confident in applying their own educational philosophy to the successful implementation of this course. Participants should know that John uses an inquiry based approach and believes that his role as a classroom teacher is more of a consultant and less the deliverer of information. Participants should expect lively discussions and thorough coverage of: Syllabus preparation and submission; Course pacing; Successful implementation of equity & access as a guiding principle; Comparison strategies that are varied and adaptable; Various pedagogical strategies that focus on balanced responsibility; General political science terminology; Essential curriculum for the AP 6 countries; Resources for teachers & students; Exam preparation strategies; Writing, grading and scoring the FRQs; Pending course redesign details; Ways to “encourage” students to devote time to self study; Textbook reviews and recommendations; Lesson preparation and sharing of best practices; Teacher stress: “What’s really going on?”

In this 5 day workshop*, participants will:

  • understand the course framework found in the Course and Exam Description;
  • plan and sequence your course based on the CED and your unique teaching situation;
  • choose from a variety of instructional strategies based on the needs of your individual students;
  • design lessons that are adaptable for your class for any learning situation- be it fully in class, completely remote or a hybrid model;
  • understand the causes and consequences of the AP 6 systems;
  • develop formative and summative assessments based on the AP exam expectations;
  • develop and score the 4 types of free response questions, including each of the following:
    • Concept Application question
    • Quantitative Analysis question
    • Country Comparison question
    • Argument Essay;
  • leave this institute a more confident teacher with a clear plan going forward.

Teaching Approach: Through the lens of Bowen Systems Theory, I will help you see the interdependence of actors and how the presence of the past guides systems behavior- including each of the AP 6 countries. This reciprocally-based approach helps make sense of seemingly disparate behaviors.


Five Day Course- July 12-16, 2021
Day One
  • Course and Exam Description Overview
  • Equity and Access
  • Integrating Skills & Content
  • AP Exam- Multiple Choice
  • Understanding the Unit Guides
  • Course Planning- Step One
  • Quantitative Analysis- A Classroom Application
  • FRQ 2- Quantitative Analysis
Day Two
  • Selecting and Using Course Materials
  • AP 6 Country Overview
  • AP Classroom- An Introduction
  • Connecting Course Concepts
  • Spiraling and Scaffolding Course Concepts
  • FRQ 1- Concept Application
  • Lesson Development- Step One
  • Course Planning- Step Two
Day Three
  • MC Exam Analysis
  • Google Drive Resources
  • Political Opinions- A Reciprocal Approach
  • Lesson Development- Step Two
  • AP Classroom- Personal Progress Checks
  • Textbook Reviews & Recommendations
  • AP 3- Connect & Create (Set 1)
  • FRQ 3- Scotus Application
Day Four
  • Tech Tools
  • Course Planning- Step Three
  • Lesson Development- Step Three
  • AP 3- Connect & Create (Set 2)
  • AP Classroom- Assessments
  • Outcome based Assessments
  • Source Analysis
  • FRQ 4- Argument Essay
Day Five
  • Analytical Reading Activity
  • AP Course Audit
  • AP Classroom- Daily Videos
  • Instructional Reports
  • Lesson Development Presentations
  • Final Questions/Evaluation
  • Certificates/Next Steps

*Areas of focus will be adjusted based on participant input.