College Park High School / U.S. Government

Course Syllabus and Outline

Basic Essay Structure

How to Analyze the Logic of an Article, Essay, or Chapter

Grading Rubric for Research Essays

Setting Up APA Formatting for PC / MAC / Google Docs / Open Office

Owl Purdue APA Citation Style

Sample APA Paper 1

Sample APA Paper 2

Sample APA Paper 3

Annotated Film Bibliography

Procedure for Challenging Your Final Grade

California Standards for U.S. Government / Economics (12th Grade)

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Research Projects / Examinations

The Soil of Democracy - Active Citizen Participation - Research Project One

Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Theory)
  • Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky
  • Debating Democracy - Miroff
  • Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Is It Worth the Effort? - Irwin
  • Public Deliberation in an Age of Direct Citizen Participation - Roberts
  • Couch Potato Democracy? - Valelly
  • Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship - Bellah & Madsen
  • Democracy's Romantic Myths - Mueller
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Practice)
  • Spaces for Change? The Politics of Participation - Cornwall & Coelho
  • Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community - Putnam
  • Cultural Currency - Halpern
  • Why Americans Still Don't Vote - Piven & Cloward
  • Playing Dumb? Dan Rather's Curiously Clueless Take on Why American's Don't - Street
  • The Citizen As Respondent: Sample Surveys and American Democracy - Verba
  • America's Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence - Galston
  • Guest Post: Should Everyone Vote? - Tyler Durden
  • The Active Citizen - Loeb
  • The Soil of Democracy - Democracy and the Middle Class - Research Project Two

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Traditional / Conservative)
  • Democracy and Capitalism Friedman
  • The Road to Serfdom Hayek
  • The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won't Tell You Palmer
  • Debating Democracy Miroff
  • Myths of Rich and Poor Cox
  • Saving the Dream Heritage Foundation
  • The Minimum Wage Harms the Most Vulnerable Richman
  • Terms of Contention Garfinkle
  • The Inequality That Matters Cowen
  • Left Out Fukuyama
  • American Dreams, American Resentments Mead
  • Capitalism and Inequality: What the Right and Left Get Wrong Muller
  • Defending the One Percent - Mankiew
  • Job Losses and Trade: A Reality Check CATO Institute
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal to Critical / Radical)
  • Demise of the US Middle Class Now Official Smith
  • America Beyond Capitalism Alperovitz
  • Democracy at Risk Gates
  • The Wealth Inequality Reader Fireside
  • Growth and the Middle Class Madland
  • The American Dream Has Become A Burden For Most Younge
  • The Spiral of Inequality Krugman
  • Are We Still A Middle Class Nation? Lind
  • The Broken Contract: Inequality and American Decline Packer
  • The Myth of the Middle Class: Have Most Americans Always Been Poor? Nasser
  • Obama Destroys the Middle Class Whitney
  • Understanding America's Class System Bageant
  • No Functioning U.S. Democracy Street
  • Dollarocracy: How Big Money Undermines Our Democracy Nichols and McChesney
  • We've Got A Billionaire Bailout Society Leopold
  • America's Lost Egalitarian Tradition Wilentz
  • Facing Up to the American Dream Hochschild
  • Striking It Richer Saez
  • The Power of the Rich Tabb
  • The Great Inequality Yates
  • Does Inequality Matter? Jencks
  • Aspects of Class in the United States Foster
  • Some Economics of Class Perelman
  • Six Points on Class Zweig
  • Let's Get This Class War Started Hedges
  • Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations - Pew Charitable Trust
  • Text Assignments for Fall 2017 (Due: Friday, December 15, 2017)

    Final Exam Study Guide

    Recent Articles, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for US Government Students:

  • The Political Compass
  • Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - Gilens and Page
  • The Crisis of Democracy - The Trilateral Commission (1973)
  • The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) - Reclaim Democracy!
  • A Century of War - RT Documentary
  • Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us
  • The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart
  • War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler
  • Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)
  • Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism
  • Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary
  • Wondering About the Origins of ISIS? (You'd Better Buckle Your Seatbelts for This One)
  • Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate
  • Two American Families - Frontline Documentary
  • We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim - Lawrence Lessig on TED
  • Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew -
  • Wealth Inequality in America -
  • Park Ave: Wealth, Poverty, and the American Dream - Documentary
  • Shadows of Liberty - Documentary (Mass Media)
  • Plutocracy in America - Brenner
  • Addicted To War - Andreas
  • Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky
  • Searching for Steele: James Steele, America's Mystery Man in Iraq - BBC / Guardian Documentary
  • The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary
  • Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films
  • Political Fraud - Class War Films
  • Financial Crime - Class War Films
  • Imperial Decay - Class War Films
  • Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis - Documentary
  • WikiRebels - Documentary
  • Obamacare: A Deception - Roberts
  • The Purchase of Our Republic - Falkson
  • Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall
  • Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? - Taibbi
  • Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!
  • Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!
  • The Story of Stuff Project
  • The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea
  • The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"