Current Event Reflection Papers (250 points/125 points per paper):
Each of these papers should be 2-3 pages long with double spaced Times New Roman 12 pt. font and normal one-inch margins. Although the paper will have three sections, it should be written as one cohesive essay. To write this essay, do the following:
1) Pick an article related to American government and politics from a reputable news source. Articles must be substantive (generally at least four paragraphs) and should not deal with sports, entertainment, or gossip. The article can address local, state, national, or global issues (as long as the U.S. is involved).
2) Write a paragraph summarizing the article. This paragraph should indicate where the article is from and what the issues are (include any relevant factual information), but try to paraphrase in your own words instead of relying on direct quotes. Remember that any paraphrased material or direct quotes must be cited.
3) Write a paragraph(s) connecting the article to class material. Does the article deal with a constitutional issue? An act of congress or the president? Does it relate to federalism? There are many issues which could relate to multiple chapters so pick the one that makes most sense to you and explain it in the context of what you are learning in class. For example, if it’s an executive order you could discuss what an executive order is, the historical role of the presidency etc. Just make sure you clearly connect the article to something you have learned in the class. Again, if you have any questions, you can always ask me!
5) Finally, write a paragraph(s) giving your assessment of the article. Make sure to include specific points about what you do and don’t agree with. Find at least one point in the article that you agree with and explain why you agree. Find at least one point in the article that you do not agree with and explain why you disagree. Avoid vague statements like “I think it’s good.” Why did you pick this article? What about the article interests you? Why do you think this issue is important? How has your opinion changed after reading this? Did the article make you want to take action? What would you say if you were trying to persuade a friend about this issue? What evidence would you use to convince them that you are right?