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Teaching American Government w/o a Textbook Revisited
Unformatted Document Text:  The purpose of this paper is to provide you with an opportunity to impress us with your ability to critically analyze a political issue by applying what you have learned in class. Good papers will explain how the current situation compares to the ideal; excellent papers will explain why the current policy, structure, or process either fulfills or fails to fulfill the Framers' intent. Use the same process as you did writing the paragraphs that were done for the last few weeks. Choose the topic or situation which interests you and then formulate a thesis for your position on one side or the other, then develop a logically organized and valid argument for your position. You need not do a great deal of research; a couple of quality news articles on the subject will be sufficient. Then rely first on the text of the Constitution and Declaration, and then on arguments presented during the Convention, and finally those made by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in Wooten's book. This is not a research paper, but is rather an exercise in critical thinking. Length: 3-5 pages double spaced plus a title page. Format: Your paper should be organized to begin with a brief introductory paragraph in which you present an overview of the subject of your political analysis followed in the second paragraph by your thesis statement and outline of your argument. In the body of the paper present your argument in a logical manner using appropriate quotations from the reference materials as support for your argument. Conclude with a paragraph in which you restate your thesis and how your argument has supported it. Due date: A one page sketch of your argument is due for review and comment Nov 7th. The due date for the final paper is Pearl Harbor Day.

Authors: Steinfeldt, Andrew. and Phippen, Earl.
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The purpose of this paper is to provide you with an opportunity to impress us with your ability to
critically analyze a political issue by applying what you have learned in class. Good papers will
explain how the current situation compares to the ideal; excellent papers will explain why the
current policy, structure, or process either fulfills or fails to fulfill the Framers' intent. Use the
same process as you did writing the paragraphs that were done for the last few weeks. Choose
the topic or situation which interests you and then formulate a thesis for your position on one side
or the other, then develop a logically organized and valid argument for your position. You need
not do a great deal of research; a couple of quality news articles on the subject will be sufficient.
Then rely first on the text of the Constitution and Declaration, and then on arguments presented
during the Convention, and finally those made by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in Wooten's
book. This is not a research paper, but is rather an exercise in critical thinking.
Length: 3-5 pages double spaced plus a title page.
Format: Your paper should be organized to begin with a brief introductory paragraph in which you
present an overview of the subject of your political analysis followed in the second paragraph by
your thesis statement and outline of your argument. In the body of the paper present your
argument in a logical manner using appropriate quotations from the reference materials as
support for your argument. Conclude with a paragraph in which you restate your thesis and how
your argument has supported it.
Due date: A one page sketch of your argument is due for review and comment Nov 7th. The due
date for the final paper is Pearl Harbor Day.


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