poli 1 — worth 50 points W r i t i n g

poli 1 — worth 50 points W r i t i n g

Poli 1–Worth 50 points (16 points per concept)

Instructions: You will choose 3 concepts covering the first 5 chapters assigned (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8) and follow use the format/template to define, put definition in your own words to show you understand the definition, apply the concept to a current/past political situation and then apply it to your own life personally. This is how I’ve found students can demonstrate they understand a concept more deeply than simply “finding” the definition somewhere.

Choose no more than one concept from any particular chapter for a total of 3 concepts you will write about from the following list:

Chapter 1: majority rule, public good, representative democracy

Chapter 2: Great Compromise, separation of powers, checks and balances

Chapter 3: federalism, new federalism

Chapter 7: Electoral College, winner-take-all system

Chapter 8: mass media, citizen journalism

You can use the following template for each (I’d actually prefer you to so I can track and grade more efficiently).

First Concept I have chosen is: (concept, chapter)

I. Find and paste definition directly from the chapter in text

Quote definition directly from the text, include in-text citation following quote.

Length: 1-2 sentences.

II. Put the definition in your own words, as if you were explaining it to a friend. Examples help.

Length: 1-3 sentences, in your own words.

III. Research online and find an example of your concept in current or past political/current events in the US. Apply the example to the concept to show you understand how the concept “works” in real life/politics. Must provide at least one quote from one article, provide in-text citation and cite the article fully (as in bibliography/works cited at the end).

Use PIE format if in doubt – Your Point, followed by Information/Quote, then an Explanation in your own words of the quote your provided. Here is a link to PIE paragraph structure, as well as a link to easybib for easily putting an article URL into a citable format automatically.

What is PIE paragraph structure (you can use this throughout your college careers, it works!): https://writingcenter.uagc.edu/body-paragraphs (Links to an external site.)

Easybib for articles, to turn them into citations: https:// class=”screenreader-only”> (Links to an external site.)

Length: at least one full paragraph (4-5 sentences) to demonstrate some knowledge of how concept works in application.

IV. Think about your own life and how the concept applies to your life. How does the concept impact (or has impacted) you personally? Please provide examples, no need to use outside research examples, examples from your own life are sufficient.

Length: one full paragraph at a minimum (~4-5 sentences) with examples.

Then, you do this for two more concepts of your choosing from other chapters. Hope that makes sense!

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Sample Answer (with my notes that I hope are helpful to you)

First Concept I have chosen is: democracy, Chapter 1

I. Find and paste definition directly from the chapter in text

The textbook defines “democracy” as “a government in which political power—influence over institutions, leaders, and policies—rests in the hands of the people.” (Krutz, 1.1)

Instructor notes: note the sample answer simply takes definition from textbook and cites it properly in-text. No need to put this as a citation in bibliography as I know the source already.

II. Put the definition in your own words, as if you were explaining it to a friend. Examples help.

To me, democracy is government by the people. Regular people like you or me have a say in it, and how we are to be governed. An example of this is voting, where people can freely vote every few years on who will represent them in Congress or who they want to be their President.

Instructor notes: this is relatively casual but on point. It’s like you were explaining it to a friend. No need to do any outside research, at least not have it show up in the response.

III> Research online and find an example of your concept in current or past political/current events in the US. Apply the example to the concept to show you understand how the concept “works” in real life/politics. Must provide at least one quote from one article, provide in-text citation and cite the article fully (as in bibliography/works cited at the end).

The concept of democracy, or rule by the people, can be seen as recently as the 2020 election in the US. The voter turnout (an important aspect of democratic health), was relatively high in 2020 compared to past years, but could be made higher if the US had automatic voter registration, since there are many eligible to register and vote in the US but registration can impose some barriers. One way to do this is through automatic voter registration. This is already happening successfully in some states but if we could expand this to the entire country, we would see better voting rates. “A FiveThirtyEight analysis found that people who were registered automatically voted at similar rates to those who were registered by choice in most states and at higher rates in others.” (“Automatic voter registration is key for a true democracy”) If the US could get to the point where there is automatic registration, the US would essentially become more democratic and better reflect the will of the people.

Instructor notes: This sample took a while to get to it’s point in tying democracy to voting to automatic registration but the connection is there (you don’t have to be this indirect). Student found a quote from a relevant article, added the quote in, your information. The in-text citation is appropriate if you do not have a “page number” but are using an online article. The last sentence provides the explanation of the quote in the writer’s own words. Full cite at bottom of assignment, see below.

IV. Think about your own life and how the concept applies to your life. How does the concept impact (or has impacted) you personally? Please provide examples, no need to use outside research examples, examples from your own life are sufficient.

Democracy affects my life in the US in several ways in terms of how I’m able to exercise my democratic rights. I’m able to vote in local, state, and national elections. I can’t vote for bills in Congress per se, but I can vote for representatives who do. I voted in the 2020 election and have for every election since I turned 18. If I don’t like the job they did/are doing, I can vote for someone else next time. I can write letters to my representatives and I can write political comments to newspapers and other news media, social media like on Twitter and Facebook. I can protest and have freedom of speech under the First Amendment as well, so I’m able to speak up politically. These are the types of rights I have within the US system of democracy.

Instructor notes: Relatively casual application of how the concept impacts the student personally. Notice the use of examples, the more specific the better.

Bibliography for #3 above (using the easybib link):

Vogt, Harrison, et al. “Automatic Voter Registration Is Key for a True Democracy.” The Daily Orange, 19 Nov. 2020, dailyorange.com/2020/11/automatic-voter-registration-key-true-democracy/.