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

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 (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 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 – AbsoluteAstronomy.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • US Government / AP - Final Thesis Project

    Multiple Choice Quizzes

    Quiz # 1: Chapters 1 / 4 / 22 - The Nature and Study of American Government (Due: 1-16-18)

    Quiz # 2: Chapter 2 - The Constitution

    Quiz # 3: Chapter 3 - Federalism

    Quiz # 4: Chapter 13 - The Legislative Branch (Due: 2-5-18)

    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 (Due: 3-22-18)

    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
  • 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 - 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"