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

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)
  • 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
  • Sanctioning Torture - Glennon
  • A Truly Shocking Gitmo Story - Worthington
  • U.S. Shifts Policy on Geneva Conventions - Babington
  • Bush Advisor on Torture - Watts
  • Capitalism vs. the Climate - Research Project Two

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal Environmentalists / Traditionalists)
  • The Tragedy of the Commons - Hardin
  • Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything' - Nixon (New York Times Book Review)
  • A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate - Pruett
  • Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism? - Kolbert
  • In 'This Changes Everything,' Naomi Klein Sounds Climate Alarm - Ulin
  • Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything' Will Change Nothing - Signer
  • I Wish This Changed Everything - Jaccard
  • The Left vs. the Climate - Boisvert
  • Errors and Emissions: Could Fighting Global Warming Be Cheap and Free? - Krugman
  • Environmental Scarcity, Mass Violence - Homer-Dixon
  • Environmentalism is Dead: What's Next? - Werbach
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Socialists / Critical Environmental Theorists)
  • Capitalism Could Kill All Life on Earth - Hartman
  • Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried - Queally
  • Finally! Some Climate Crisis Honesty - Lindorff
  • Experts Warn of "Cataclysmic" Changes as Planetary Temperatures Rise - Jamail
  • Welcome to the Tipping Point - Saul
  • A Really Inconvenient Truth - Documentary
  • The Capitalocene Part I: On the Nature & Origins of Our Ecological Crisis - Against the Grain
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - Klein
  • How Will Everything Change Under Climate Change - Klein
  • Crossing the River of Fire: The Liberal Attack on Naomi Klein and This Changes Everything - Foster and Clark
  • US Taxpayers Subsidising World's Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies - Carrington and Davies
  • What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know About Capitalism - Magdoff & Foster
  • Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism - Beder
  • Capitalism and Environmental Catastrophe - Foster
  • The Crisis of Global Capitalism and the Environment - Polychroniou
  • The Ecological Rift - Butler
  • The Ecology of Socialism - Solidaire
  • Hothouse Earth - Williams
  • Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma - Smith
  • The Capitalocene Part I: On the Nature & Origins of Our Ecological Crisis - Moore (Some VERY heavy lifting here, but give it a try)
  • Capitalist and Socialist Responses to the Ecological Crisis - Wallis
  • Text Assignments for Spring 2019 (Due: Friday, May 24, 2019)

    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
  • The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin
  • 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
  • Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism - The Real News Network
  • 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
  • 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"