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 Soil of Democracy - Widespread Education - Research Project One

Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Traditional / Conservative)
  • No Child Left Behind - U.S. Department of Education
  • The Evaluation of Charter School Impacts: The Final Report - U.S. Department of Education
  • The Agony of American Education - Snell
  • They're Not Stupid, They're Lazy - Starr
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal / Critical)
  • Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy - Stitzlein
  • Civic Illiteracy and Education - Marciano
  • Out of the Ruins: The Emergence of Radical Informal Learning Spaces - Haworth
  • The Curse of Totalitarianism and the Challenge of an Insurrectional Pedagogy - Giroux
  • Youth in Authoritarian Times: Challenging Neoliberalism's Politics of Disposability - Giroux
  • Myth America: Democracy vs. Capitalism - Boyer
  • Against School: Why Public Education Cripples Our Kids and Why - Gatto
  • Change Can't Come Without Protest - Kozol
  • The Problem With "Failing" Schools - Wilson
  • Tip of the Iceburg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse - Center for Popular Democracy
  • Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States - CREDO
  • Pearson, ETS, Houghton Mifflin, and McGraw-Hill Lobby Big and Profit Bigger from School Tests - PR Watch
  • Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition - The RAND Corporation
  • Obama and Duncan's Education Policy: Like Bush's Only Worse - Weil
  • The Fight to Save Public Education - Cooke
  • Waiting for Superman: Heroes and Myths - Olorunda
  • Left Behind? American Youth and the Global Fight for Democracy - Giroux
  • The Pedagogy of Oppression - McLaren & Farahmandpur
  • No Child Unrecruited - Goodman
  • Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects - Bright Side
  • Why the Right Wing is So Interested in Narrowing Down Education into "Skills" - Berkshire
  • White House-Backed Charter Schools Lag Behind Public Schools - Democracy Now!
  • The Future of American Power - Research Project Two

    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites from the Declinist School
  • US Empire on Decline - Zeese and Flowers
  • Empire of Chaos: With President Trump, is the American Experiment Over? - Engelhardt
  • The World According to Trump: Or How to Build a Wall and Lose an Empire - McCoy
  • How We Got Here: American History After "the End of History" - Bacevich
  • The End of the Indispensable Nation - Shor
  • The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers –
  • Paul Kennedy’s Imperial Overstretch Revisited – PeoplesGeography
  • Why All Empires Come to Dust – Gray
  • The Perils of Empire – Kennedy
  • America’s Turbulent Decline – Rihani
  • The Eagle Has Crash Landed – Wallerstein
  • Capitalism’s Demise? – Interview with Jae-Jung Suh
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites from the American Exceptionalist School
  • Why the United States Remains an Indispensable Nation – Wickett
  • ‘Indispensable nation’ – Hillary Clinton Pitches American Exceptionalism (VIDEO) – RT
  • Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power – Nye
  • Three Centuries of American Declinism – Dowd
  • The Pessimist Persuasion – Herman
  • Falling Upwards: Declinism, the Box Set – Lieber
  • The End of History – Fukuyama
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites from the Neo-Imperialist School
  • Imperial Recovery and “Disappearing Workers”: Imperialism Expands, Living Standards Decline – Petras
  • US Empire: Global Imperialism and Internal Colonialism – Petras
  • Capitalism Is Collapsing - and the Weird Thing Is That Nothing Is Rising to Replace It – Kilian
  • Capitalism Is the Problem – Wolff
  • The Y Article: The Pentagon's Secret Plan to Slash Its Own Budget - Norris
  • Triumphing Toward International Disaster - Gowan
  • Global Depression and Regional Wars – Lendman
  • Decline of America’s Empire – Lendman
  • Who Rules America? - Petras
  • Economic Empire Building: The Centrality of Corruption - Petras
  • Blowback Effect: The World in 2020 - Klare
  • The Military-Industrial Complex is Ruining the Economy - Washington's Blog
  • World Depression: The Decline of US Empire - Petras
  • Text Assignments for Spring 2018 (Due: Friday, June 1, 2018)

    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 -
  • 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"