College Park High School / U.S. Government Advanced Placement

Course Syllabus and Outline

Letter to Parents on Open House (Tuesday March 5, 2019)

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 (Final AP Paper)

Sample APA Paper 4 (Final AP Paper)

Sample APA Paper 5 (Final AP Paper)

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)
  • Because 'The House Is on Fire,' Naomi Klein Takes Centrism-Obsessed Media to Task for Failed Climate Coverage - Higgins
  • AOC Smashes The Overton Window - Mogulescu
  • Where Our New World Begins: Politics, Power, and the Green New Deal - Baker
  • Researchers Warn Arctic Has Entered 'Unprecedented State' That Threatens Global Climate Stability - Queally
  • Green New Deal Tour Aims to Make 2020 a National Referendum on Visionary Energy and Economic Transformation - Conley
  • 'As World Teeters on Brink of Climate Catastrophe,' 600+ Groups Demand Congress Back Visionary Green New Deal - Corbett
  • There's Nothing Radical About the Green New Deal - Mattis
  • Slandering the Not-So Radical Green New Deal: A Bipartisan Operation - Street
  • Right "To Their Faces," 16-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells Davos Elite Climate Crisis Their Fault - Germanos
  • 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
  • US Government / AP - Final Thesis Project

    Multiple Choice Quizzes

    Quiz # 1: Chapters 1 / 4 / 22 - The Nature and Study of American Government

    Quiz # 2: Chapter 2 - The Constitution

    Quiz # 3: Chapter 3 - Federalism

    Quiz # 4: Chapter 13 - The Legislative Branch

    Quiz # 5: Chapter 14 - The Executive Branch

    Quiz # 6: Chapter 16 - The Judicial Branch

    Quiz # 7: Chapter 15 - The Bureaucracy

    Quiz # 8: Chapters 7 / 12 - Public Opinion and the Mass Media

    Quiz # 9: Chapters 8 / 9 - Political Participation and American Political Parties

    Quiz # 10: Chapter 10 - Elections and Campaigns

    Quiz # 11: Chapter 11 - Interest Groups

    Quiz # 12: Chapter 17 - The Public Policy Process

    Quiz # 13: Chapters 18 / 19 / 21 - Economic, Social Welfare and Environmental Policy

    Quiz # 14: Chapter 20 - American Foreign and Military Policy

    Quiz # 15: Chapters 5 / 6 - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    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
  • 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 Untouchables - Frontline 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
  • WikiRebels - Documentary
  • Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis - 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"