understanding the politics of Texas – My Assignment Tutor

Current Event Reaction Paper Description During this course, I hope that you will become more aware of the current political events going on in Texas and establish a better base of knowledge for understanding the politics of Texas. This assignment requires you to write a brief (two-page double-spaced of text) reaction papers to a particular current event dealing with Texas politics and government. You are free to choose any current event that interests you personally, just with the requirement that it must be clearly related to Texas government. You should find these current event articles through any reputable news source that you choose. If you have a concern or question on whether a particular article satisfies this requirement as a valid source, please feel free to ask. A few reputable news sources that you can consider (but certainly not the only ones) are: The Texas Observer (texasobserver.org)The Texas Tribune (texastribune.org)The Houston Chronicle (chron.com)Texas Monthly (texasmonthly.com)New York Times (nytimes.com/topic/destination/texas)Huffington Post – Texas Politics (huffingtonpost.com/news/texas-politics)National News organizations (CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox) also regularly cover Texas political news The paper will require more than simply re-describing the article, I want you to critically think about the information in the article and discuss the importance or significance it has for Texas government and politics. You are certainly allowed to provide active voice, and include your own personal perspective on the current event, but I will require you to incorporate information that we have covered in this class into your reaction paper, where applicable. This is not intended to be a one-page political rant about a current event. Grading Rubric You will need to do three major things in these papers. The first part of the paper will be a brief summary of the current event in your own words. The second part of the paper will be your reaction, this can be a critique of the piece or event, or the significance of the event, simply your perspective on such. The third important component of your papers will be relating the current event to course material in some manner. Each of these are required in both papers. Please refer to the separate rubric document for more details. Formatting The format for the paper can be any writing style that you are familiar with (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), however there are a few things that I will require. Papers will be written double-spaced in12-pt Times New Roman font with1” margins on all sides. Please note that these may not be the default settings on your word processor, but you will still be expected to change the formatting to these conditions. I will warn you, do not try to adjust these to make your paper longer, as it is quite obvious when the margins and font sizes are not correct. Also, papers do not need to have a massive header that takes up half a page, this does not count toward the length of the paper, so don’t try. Your name at the top will do just fine. Also, you will need to attach or provide a working link to the original article with your paper. You can put the link in your paper as a works cited, or post the link into the comments box on the submission page. If you do not include a working URL link, a 10pt penalty will be assessed. Current Event Reaction Paper Rubric Substantive Components Summary of Original Article or Event (25 Points) ______ · Provides summary of original article or event, using student’s own words (not overly reliant on direct quotes). Accurately describes event. Reaction to Article or Event (25 Points) ______ · Provide your own personal perspective regarding the article or event and what you thought about this issue (i.e. do not be afraid from using first person). Relate to Course Material (15 Points) ______ · Discuss how this article or event relates to some relevant material from the course. Keep in mind that this may relate to material that has not been covered yet, so you may need to look ahead in the textbook. Technical Requirements Working URL Link to Original Article (10 Points) ______ · Must be a complete working link to the original source, either included in the actual paper, or in the comments box on the D2L Dropbox submission page Length of Paper (20 Points) ______ · Paper must meet the 1.5-page double-spaced length requirement. As a reminder again, improper formatting to increase the length is easily changed with an electronic submission. Also, large headers (I am looking at you MLA…) and the works cited/URL link do NOT count towards the length requirement. Your name at the top will suffice. General Style (5 Points) ______ · Proper proofreading and editing. This is a college paper, and as such, I expect proper editing. A simple error occasionally is acceptable, but if it is bad to whe


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