Kyle Krater, Social Sciences: Law/Government/Politics/History

  • Having earned degrees in Law and History and teaching now for 10 years as a contract teacher after starting my career as a full time sub in Southern California, I've been fortunate to teach AP US History, AP US Gov't and Politics, Economics, US History, World History, college Political Science, college introductory Criminal Procedural law, regular US Government and Street Law.

    What is Street Law?
    This class should be considered an introduction to law course...let's call it pre-pre law.  It's a course that's focused on thinking, analyzing, arguing reasonably, and understanding a little understood branch of the government...the judiciary.  
    We'll dive into an Introduction of Criminal Procedure, where we look at how the 4th, 5th, 6th (14th) and even a little 8th Amendment law is applied.  This covers things such as Miranda, Privacy rights, Search Warrants &c...
    I'd like to add some more time for Consitutional Law to boost the understanding of Civics in these kids, which will help them in their other substantive courses.
    We'll also move into an introduction of Criminal Law and explore how the common law and model penal codes are applied in cases of crimes against the person and property; murder, theft, robbery, assault, &c...
    Next, students are introduced to Evidence law and even participate in an evidence-practice activity, arguing the admissibility of evidence, such as photos, statements &c... This is in a moot-court, fake court environment.  Hearsay, relevance, prejudicial (403) &c...using AZ Rules of Evidence.
    If time permits I'll introduce a little civil law; contracts, torts and even a little family law/community property.  

    Exams are written and are given as legal hypotheticals.  Students apply the law to the facts and make reasonable arguments one way or the other. 

    AP Gov't & Politics: 

    This is a college level course and the focus is success on the AP exam in May.  It's a great class and we'll cover a lot of material, which requires a substantial amount of reading.  We begin with foundations in our Consitutional system; a look at enlightenment principles and philosophy.  We will read portions of Montesquiu, Bastiat, Patrick Henry, Jefferson, Madison, Jay, Locke; the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution--structure and meaning.  There is a heavy focus on the US Constitution in this course.
    We'll dive into appellate cases to see how provisions of the US Constitutution work, and then move into civil liberties and civil rights.
    Next, we move into politics:  Parties, Congressional Committees and elections; the SCOTUS and POTUS--how a bill becomes law; special interest groups, campaign finance and all the rest.  
    We'll cover elections and committees and lobbying and even elections and election law (gerrymandering etc...).
    Throughout the course I'll help with writing, test taking strategies and study strategies so you will be in the best position to pass the AP exam and succeed in college. 
    AP US History
    To better help track social science AP kids from their sophomore through their senior year, I have been fortunate enough to grab APUSH as well.  These kids will be trained in studying History in a way that will help them succeed on the AP exam and also enjoy our national heritage.  I'll teach them study habits, test taking skills and techniques along with the content and will help set them up for success next year in AP Gov.  The material is broken up into 9 seperate major themes, which is listed on the syllabus and in almost every CollegeBoard syllabus for AP US History.  There is a lot of reading, note-taking, listening to lecture, writing and, becaue history is such a cool subject, we'll watch a few videos and even a couple of movies.

    Kyle Krater, JD

Contact Mr. Krater

    (623) 932-7500 ext. 3069

Office Hours

  • M/T/Th/F
    11:10 to 11:40 a.m.

    B lunch, no office hours