English 11

hould the US pay more attention to mental health?

Shark finning

Sexism in video games

Levels of power for police officers

Homework (too much? Effective?)

Animal testing

US intervention in foreign affairs

Do you need the new iPhone?

Animal captivity/zoos

Gun rights

Tanning beds

Influence of video games on gun violence

Single-sex schools

Public safety

Use of internet/effect of internet

Waiting period for tattoos

Government investment in development of robots

Childhood obesity in schools

Activation of genes in womb

Mental health exams

GMO labeling

Politically-correct language

Educating parents more on education standards

Importance of parents in child’s education

French baguette consumption

Child labor laws

Tattoos in the workplace

Foster care system reform

Paying collegiate athletes

Mental hospitals reintroduced

Revise drug-testing system for athletes (Adderol)

Government spending



World Cup in Qatar

Children receiving adult organs (not Oregons)

Pan handling

GTA5/Game violence

Mental health & violence (reform of care system)

Chemical weapons (use of)

Stricter border laws


Electric cigarettes

Cell phone addiction

2nd amendment rights

Ivory trade

Union laws

Miley Cyrus: Standards/ratings for TV

Child stars

Sleep vs. exercise

Arsenic in drinking water

Welfare reform

Effects of single-sex schools

Unlawful brutality (police brutality)

Age restrictions on video games

More foster care homes

Child Labor (more emphasis/money) Laws

Driving age

College admission costs

Setting aside land for “homeless camps”

Ocean acidification

Food stamp program revision

Horse slaughter

Border politics

Gun control laws

Texting & driving laws

International adoption law

Training for medical techs/doctors

Training citizens to prevent crimes
Animal testing

Art program funding in schools

Food industry/treatment of animals


Stem cell research

Smoking ban

Beauty pageants









How to Design a Profession Presentation

Improve Your Powerpoint Presentation

How to Make Powerpoint Text Look Great





Ride a horse

Train a dog (your first dog)

How to drive stick shift

Paint nails

Give a massage

How to change oil in car

How to do laundry

Flush a radiator

Cook a steak

Save money

Enroll in self defense – intro to self defense

Using public transportation

How to be smart at a club

Mow your lawn (proper lawn care)

Cleaning up effectively

Daily hygiene

Basic infant care

Tie a tie (two styles of knots)

Buying your first car

Changing a flat

Intro to ebay

Intro to craigslist

Intro to CPR

Properly wash a car

Dressing well

How to be a man

How to be a woman

Painting a room

How to get a job

How to interview for a job

How to be a college frosh

Basics of cooking

Entertaining 101/event planning

Working with military culture

Planning a wedding

Roommates 101

How to act in public

Budgeting your money

How to be a ninja

How to deal with stalkers

Dressing for formal occasions


How to “drive a three on the tree”

How to make a good first impression

Pancakes 101

Online etiquette (how to be a good facebooker or tweeter)

How to survive an AP class

Introduction to soccer

How to act in foreign country







American Teen Culture Assignment Questions

Answer the following questions using evidence from the essay, Rebel Without Causes:


1. Describe the American Dream prior to World War II:

o Why was it like this (what was going on at this time that influenced it?

o How did this version of the Dream influence how parents encouraged their teens’ dating habits?


2. Describe the American Dream following World War II:

o Why was it like this (what was going on at this time that influenced it?

o How did this version of the Dream influence how parents encouraged their teens’ dating habits?


3. The big conflict between pre-war and post-war parents/teens is described as a conflict between “risk and security.” Why did pre-war parents have such a problem with their teens going steady?


4. Which generation do you see more in the high school dating culture around you? Explain using observations from your experience.


5. Which generation do you identify with in terms of your own dating habits? Explain using your own thoughts/opinions/explanations.

















Excerpt from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Changing Conceptions of the American Dream”

By Matthew Warshauer


Traditionally, Americans have sought to realise the American dream of success, fame and wealth through thrift and hard work. However, the industrialisation of the 19th and 20th centuries began to erode the dream, replacing it with a philosophy of "get rich quick". A variety of seductive but elusive strategies have evolved, and today the three leading ways to instant wealth are large-prize television game shows, big-jackpot state lotteries and compensation lawsuits. In this article, Matthew Warshauer,Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, examines why so many Americans are persuaded to seek these easy ways to their dream.



How does one achieve the American Dream? The answer undoubtedly depends upon one’s definition of the Dream, and there are many from which to choose. John Winthrop envisioned a religious paradise in a "City upon a Hill." Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of racial equality. Both men yearned for what they perceived as perfection. Scholars have recognized widely varying conceptions of these quests for American excellence. One component of the American Dream seems, however, to be fairly consistent: the quest for money. Few will deny that Americans are intently focused on the “almighty dollar.” In a society dedicated to capitalism and the maxim that, “the one who dies with the most toys wins,” the ability to purchase a big house and a nice car separates those who are considered successful from those who are not. Yet the question remains, how does one achieve this success? How is the Dream realized? For many Americans the formula is one of instant, albeit elusive, gratification. Rather than adhering to a traditional work ethic, far too many Americans are pinning their hopes on what they perceive as “easy” money. This article focuses on three phenomena in contemporary American society that have successfully captured the quest for the American Dream. Savvy marketers have convinced their audiences that a new wave of television game shows, lottery luck, and lucrative lawsuits are the way to wealth.


Instant wealth has not always been a major component of the Dream. Americans have traditionally centered their efforts on thrift and hard work. During the Colonial Period, Benjamin Franklin counseled people on the "The Way to Wealth." Poor Richard's Almanacadvised that "Early to Bed, and early to rise, makes a Man healthy, wealthy, and wise." The key to wealth was industry: "Industry pays debts," insisted Poor Richard. Americans of the Early Republic expanded Franklin's notion of industry into a labor ideology. For many the goal was not extravagant wealth, but, rather, economic independence and the opportunity for social advancement through financial gain. Abraham Lincoln insisted that the greatness of the American North was that industry allowed all men to prosper: "The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land, for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This…is free labor--the just and generous, and prosperous system, which opens the way for all."


In the midst of industrialization following the Civil War, many Americans experienced profound hardship in the changing economic landscape. They found solace in the tales of Horatio Alger, whose characters overcame adversity through industry, perseverance, self-reliance, and self-discipline. The ubiquitous "rags to riches" legend became a cornerstone of American society; anyone could succeed and achieve wealth if they worked hard. The commitment to industry illustrated by Alger's characters, Lincoln's ideals of free labor, and Franklin's practical maxims were further solidified in the American mind by the addition of a religiously based, Protestant "work ethic." Many believed that hard work allowed one to not only achieve financial success, but, through that success, revealed God's grace.


Numerous scholars note that the shift away from the traditional American work ethic corresponded directly with the rise of industry. Work values changed dramatically when the assembly line production and machine driven atmosphere of industrial America swallowed up skilled workers. The aftermath of World War II exacerbated the ethical shift as a consumer culture blossomed and Americans became preoccupied with material goods. As one critic noted, “consumed by desires for status, material goods, and acceptance, Americans apparently had lost the sense of individuality, thrift, hard work, and craftsmanship that had characterized the nation.”


The result of this shift in work ethic has actually spurred rather than lessened the people’s desire to achieve the American Dream. Yet the real difference is that the Dream has become more of an entitlement than something to work towards. Many Americans no longer entertain a vision for the future that includes time, sweat, and ultimate success. Rather, they covet the shortcut to wealth. Many who are engaged in work view it more as a necessary evil until striking it rich. This idea has been perpetuated by a massive marketing effort that legitimizes the message that wealth can be obtained quickly and easily. Whether through the television entertainment industry, state-based lottery marketing drives, or legal advertisements, Americans are told again and again that the road to the financial success of the American Dream is more a matter of luck than hard work.