College Park High School / U.S. Government

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Weekly Instructions, Text Assignments, Lectures, Article Readings and Video Documentaries

Weeks 1 and 2 (January 5 to 15) - Lecture One: Understanding American Politics

Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment One
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] Understanding American Politics
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Biden's Victory Was Hardly a Win for "Democracy." It Was Another Win for the 1% - Koundzic
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture One: The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • Understanding American Politics [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Weeks 3 and 4 (January 18 to 29) - Lecture Two: American Political Ideologies and Parties

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Two
  • Task #2a: [Lecture Presentation] American Political Ideologies and Parties
  • Task #2b: The Political Compass
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: To Defeat Fascism, We Must Recognize It's a Failed Response to Capitalist Crisis - Robinson
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Two: Alt Right: Age of Rage
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • American Political Ideologies and Parties [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 5 (February 1 - 5) - Lecture Three: The Constitution and the Founders

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Three
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] The Constitution and the Founders
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: How Would You Change the Constitution - Carroll
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Three: America: Edward Snowden
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • The Constitution and the Founders [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 6 (February 8 to 12) - Lecture Four: The Federal System and Federalism

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Four
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] The Federal System and Federalism
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Fragmentation - Cohen and Rogers
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Four: Federalism
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • The Federal System and Federalism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 7 (February 15 - 19) - Lecture Five: The Legislative Branch

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Five
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] The Legislative Branch
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: License to Profit: Legalized Corruption in the US Congress - Johnson
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Five: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • The Legislative Branch [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 8 (February 22 to 26) - Lecture Six: The Executive Branch

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Six
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] The Executive Branch
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Revolutionary Socialism and the Fight Against Wall Street's President - Peterson
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Six: The Corporate Coup D'Etat
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • The Executive Branch [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 9 (March 1 - 5) - Lecture Seven: The Judicial Branch

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Seven
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] The Judicial Branch
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Justice for Sale - Caplan
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Seven: Justice for Sale
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • The Judicial Branch [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 10 (March 8 - 12) - Lecture Eight: Government Bureaucracy

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Eight
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] Government Bureaucracy
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Bullshit Jobs: How Our Modern Bureaucracy Created Them - Vitaud
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Eight: David Graeber About Bullshit Jobs
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • Government Bureaucracy [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Weeks 11 and 12 (March 15 to 26) - Lecture Nine: Public Opinion and the Mass Media

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Nine
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] Public Opinion and the Mass Media
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Democracy and a Free Press - Croteau and Hoynes
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Nine: Project Censored: The Movie
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • Public Opinion and the Mass Media [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 13 (March 29 to April 2) - Lecture Ten: Voting and Elections

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Ten
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] Voting and Elections
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils: a Vicious Circle - Fayazmanesh
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Ten: Whose Vote Counts, Explained
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • Voting and Elections [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 14 (April 12 - 16) - Lecture Eleven: Political Interest Groups

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Eleven
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] Political Interest Groups
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: GOP Hawks Are Turning Out for Biden - Boehm
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Eleven: The War Party (2003). BBC Panorama Documentary on the George W. Bush Administration
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • Political Interest Groups [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 15 (April 19 - 23) - Lecture Twelve: The Public Policy Process

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Twelve
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] The Public Policy Process
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: The Squad Is Growing: A New Crew of Left Challengers Is Bringing Movement Politics to Congress
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Twelve: Knock Down the House
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • The Public Policy Process [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 16 (April 26 - 30) - Lecture Thirteen: U.S. Economic Policy

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Thirteen
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] U.S. Economic Policy
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Can Progressives Save Biden From Disastrous Economic Policies?
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Thirteen: Abby Martin & Richard Wolff Discuss Socialism in 2019
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • U.S. Economic Policy [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 17 (May 3 to 7) - Lecture Fourteen: U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Fourteen
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Shrinking the Pentagon: Will the Biden Administration Dare Cut Military Spending? - Hartung
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Fourteen: Why We Fight
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Week 18 (May 10 to 14) - Lecture Fifteen: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    Tasks for the Week!
  • Task #1: Text Readings and Text Assignment Fifteen
  • Task #2: [Lecture Presentation] Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Task #3: Article Reading for Journal Response: Superpredator: The Media Myth That Demonized a Generation of Black Youth - Bogert
  • Task #4: Video Presentation for Lecture Fifteen: 13TH
  • Task #5: Google Classroom Discussion Board Response
  • Civil Liberties and Civil Rights [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Spring 2021 Research Project: Due - Friday, April 30, 2021

    The 2020 Presidential Election: Continuity or Change? - Research Project Question

    Recent Books for the Research Paper:

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Conservative / Republican)
  • The Political Compass
  • 'What Happened to Unity?': Rush Limbaugh Says Biden 'Insulted' 75M Trump Voters in Speech - Soellner
  • Bernie Sanders: The Green Mountian Red - Smith
  • American Politics Change, But American Parties Endure - Mandelbaum
  • Trump's 2020 Vision - Antle III
  • (Book) The Rise and Fall of American Political Parties: 1790 - 2000 - Silbey
  • (Book) Free Speech Requires Campaign Money - Smith
  • (Book) Dollars and Votes - Clawson
  • The Republican Party Home Page
  • Conservatives Against Trump - National Review Symposium
  • The View From 1787 - Cost
  • CrossTalk BULLHORNS: Trump's War - RT
  • The Continuing Woes of the "Establishment" - Larison
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal / Democrat)
  • The Political Compass
  • Biden Turns the Page On Trump in a Surprisingly Effective Inaugural Address - Harris
  • Inside Joe Biden's Agenda for His First 100 Days - Abramson and Bennett
  • An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020 - Chomsky, et. al.
  • Imagine Yourself With Two Abusive Boyfriends... - Brown
  • 'They Let Him Get Away with Murder': Dems Tormented Over How to Stop Bernie - Korecki
  • Fake President - The Ralph Nader Radio Hour
  • How the Little Guy Gets Crunched - Barlett and Steele
  • White Supremacists Are Infiltrating the GOP From the Ground Up - Rivers Pitt
  • (Book) The Presidential Spectacle - Miroff
  • The Democratic Party Home Page
  • Can Hillary Clinton Convince Voters They're Not Settling? - Brownstein
  • Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination - Editorial Board - The New York Times
  • Another Neocon Endorses Clinton, Calling Her '2016's Real Conservative' and 'the Candidate of the Status Quo' - Norton
  • Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders - Rappeport
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Critical / Radical)
  • The Political Compass
  • The Two Faces of Joe Biden - Taibbi
  • Ralph Nader: Democrats Ushered in an Era of Corporate Fascism - Scheer
  • Ruling Class Joe and the Essence of American Politics - Street
  • The Trump/Biden Handoff: Business as Usual, as Usual - Knapp
  • Top 10 Executive Actions Biden Could Do But Won't - Camp
  • The Deep State's Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes - Whitehead
  • U.S. Ruling Class Wins Again - Mackler
  • Inauguration 2021: On the Edge of an Abyss - Kishore and North
  • Trump May Be On Trial, But the System That Produced Him Will Be Acquitted - Cook
  • Two Capitalist Parties Compete, Humanity Loses - Urie
  • Affluent Authoritarianism: New Evidence on Public Opinion and Policy - Ferguson
  • America After the Election: A Few Hard Truths About the Things That Won't Change - Whitehead
  • The US Dictatorship of (White) Capital and its Tools of Bamboozlement - Ford
  • The Surrendered Land: US Institutions Won't Fight for Democracy - Floyd
  • America's Two Right-Wing Parties Absurdly Keep Accusing Each Other Of Being Far-Left - Johnstone
  • President Trump versus Vice President Biden, a Disappointing Decision for American Voters - Davich
  • Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget - Hedges
  • Biden and the Democrats Have No Plan to Stop the Bleeding -- at Home or Abroad - Haiphong
  • Here They Come Again: The Kind of Neoliberal Democrats Who Prefer Trump to Sanders - Reed, Jr.
  • How Capitalism's Structural and Ideological Crisis Gives Rise to Neo-Fascism - The Real News Network
  • Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Will Admit the Problem Is Capitalism Itself - Wolff
  • Three Years into Trump's Presidency, What's Left of the American Left? - Harris
  • Billionaires and American Politics - Wittner
  • Born on the 5th of July - Urie
  • Vowing Not to 'Demonize' the Rich, Biden Tells Billionaires 'Nothing Would Fundamentally Change' If He Was Elected - Higgins
  • Elections and the Illusion of Political Control - Urie
  • The Democrats Can't Save Us - Pemberton
  • (Book) The Limits of Presidential Power - Genovese
  • (Book) Democracy for the Few - Parenti
  • (Book) Is That A Politician In Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day - Sifry and Watzman
  • (Book) Dynasties: How Their Wealth and Power Threaten Democracy - Phillips
  • The Rise of American Authoritarianism - Taub
  • Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe that Both Parties Are Too Corrupt to Change Anything - Washington's Blog
  • Ordinary Americans Fought Big Money and Won in 2015 - Mason
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Third Party)
  • (Book) Spoiling for a Fight: Third Party Politics in America - Sifry
  • Why We Need a New Progressive Party and How We Can Create It - Rall
  • Bossing Grown Folks Around: The Open Letter to the Greens - Moser
  • You Can Trust 'Left Liberals' to be Liberals First (and Left Last): A Reply to Chomsky & Friends' Open Letter - Rasmus
  • Sorry Chomsky and Friends, the Green Party Isn't the Problem - Pemberton
  • Why the Green Party Isn't the Problem - Hoenig
  • Socialist Alternative
  • Truth + Justice = Green Party's Trailblazing World Peace Platform - Smith
  • Text Assignments for Spring 2021 (Due: Upon Completion of Lecture)

    Final Exam Study Guide

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

  • A Message From the Future II: "Years of Repair"
  • 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
  • The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin
  • Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us
  • Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis - 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
  • Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism - The Real News Network
  • The Propaganda Multiplier:How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics - Swiss Propaganda Research
  • Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary
  • 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 - therules.org
  • Wealth Inequality in America - therules.org
  • Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us - Institute for Policy Studies
  • 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"