Lesson 1 (from Mystery of Government)
O'Rourke says that the United States government does not answer to anyone because Americans are not involved in the political process. This lesson will explore the author's belief that the government remains unchecked.
1) Class discussion: How does the author characterize the U.S. government? What techniques does he use to convey his feelings about the government to the reader? What does he mean when he says the government goes unchecked? Who does he think should be checking it?
2) In-class writing: Write an essay of a few paragraphs explaining why O'Rourke believes citizens are far removed from the government. Why does he seem to think it is the citizens who allow the government to go unchecked? How does he seem to characterize these citizens?
3) Small group discussion: Split the class into four groups and have them discuss what O'Rourke believes would happen if the citizens did...
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