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 WORD

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 Constitution and Torture - Research Project One

Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Supporting / Liberal / Conservative)
  • George W. Bush's 'Torture Lawyer' Turns on Trump — but It May Be Too Late – Digby-Parton
  • Torture and the Constitution – Washington Post
  • Holder V. Bush: Torture and the Attorney General's Moment of Truth – Klaidman
  • Scalia Enters Debate on the Constitution and Torture – NPR
  • Trump: Waterboarding Isn't Torture - Greenwood
  • Torture Logic: Where to Draw the Line – Schoenfeld
  • The Truth About Torture – Krauthammer
  • The New Spanish Inquisition – Rabkin & Loyola
  • Torture and the US Intelligence Failure – Friedman
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Critical / Opposing / Radical)
  • Torture as Standard Operating Procedure: Trump's New Executive Order - The Real News Network
  • Will the CIA Restart Its Torture Program? - Durkay
  • In First TV Interview, President Trump Says Torture "Absolutely" Works - Democracy Now!
  • Examining the Science of Torture: The Price of Coercive Interrogation - Cole
  • The President of the United States Explicitly Endorses Torture — a Crime Against Humanity - Emmons
  • Torture: An American Legacy - Boggs
  • Restricting Rights at Guantanamo – Boldin
  • Documents Released Under FOIA – American Civil Liberties Union
  • The Geneva Convention Question - Thompson
  • Sanctioning Torture – Glennon
  • A Truly Shocking Gitmo Story – Worthington
  • Susan Collins Spreads Central Myth About the Constitution – Greenwald
  • U.S. Shifts Policy on Geneva Conventions - Babington
  • Bush Advisor on Torture – Watts
  • Higher Education Policy in America - Research Project Two

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Traditional / Government Perspectives)
  • Yep, That's Right..."Free:" Obama Plan Would Cover Community College Tuition - Queally
  • Remedial Courses in College Stir Debate - Mitchell
  • The Future of College? - Wood
  • Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society - College Board
  • More Than Grants: The Role of the Federal Government in Higher Ed Reform - Kaleba
  • Tottering Ivory Towers - Butler
  • Overcoming the High School Senior Slump: New Education Policies - Kirst
  • Has Higher Education Lost Control Over Quality? - Hazelkorn
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • The Education Trust
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Critical Perspectives)
  • Degrees of Shame - Documentary
  • Con Job: Stories of Adjunct & Contingent Labor - Documentary
  • The Unforgiven: How College Debt is Crushing a Generation (and a Solution) - Queally
  • A Gates Plan for Eliminating Debt - Collins
  • Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality - Marsh
  • The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America - Guinier
  • Education is Not the Cure for High Unemployment or Income Inequality - Mishel
  • The Kept University - Press and Washburn
  • Academic Fraud and the Ponzi Scheme of “Higher Learning” - Dimaggio
  • Choosing Between Competing Visions for Education Reform - Dimaggio
  • Servants of Power: Higher Education in the Era of Corporate Control - Seybold
  • Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation - Giroux
  • Higher Education Under Attack: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux
  • Thinking Like Corporations is Harming American Universities - Chomsky
  • For-Profit Colleges Are America's Dream Crushers - Appel & Taylor
  • US College Students and Graduates are Buried in Debt: The Quiet War on Students - Devon DB
  • Six Challenges to the American University - Gregorian
  • This Little Student Went To Market - Kirp
  • Caveat Lector: Unexamined Assumptions about Quality in Higher Education - Mathews
  • University Inc: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education - Washburn
  • Text Assignments for Spring 2017 (Due: Friday, June 2, 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!)
  • 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 - therules.org
  • Wealth Inequality in America - therules.org
  • 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"