WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT: ESSAY – REPRESENTING A DEMOCRACY

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapters 5
  • Lesson
  • APA style manual
  • Citation and Writing Assistance: Writing Papers At CU (Links to an external site.)
  • Library Overview (Links to an external site.)
  • How to Search for Articles – the Everything Tab (Links to an external site.)
  • Two additional sources beyond those provided

Instructions
Research the background of your Congressional representatives based on your address listed with CU – two senators and a member of the House of Representatives. Find out about their previous occupation(s), political experience, family, income, education, and other relevant demographics. What percentage of the vote did they receive to win in their last election? What are two policy issues areas they are interested in? How do these areas reflect their ideologies?

Here is a link to get your started:

  • https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Write an essay. Start by identifying all three of your representatives. Then, pick the representative you are most interested in and explain why they interest you. Present the information you found in your research required above in the essay.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 4 full pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (minimum of 2 scholarly sources beyond those provided)
  • Citation and Writing Assistance: Writing Papers At CU (Links to an external site.)
  • Library Overview (Links to an external site.)
  • How to Search for Articles – the Everything Tab

 

20.0 ptsThe student identifies all three representatives and picks one

40.0 pts

The student identifies at least five relevant pieces of information about the representative.

5.0 pts

The student provides the correct vote margin.

40.0 pts

The student identifies two policy areas and provides analysis of ideology.

10.0 pts

The assignment is referenced and formatted according to APA standards and two additional scholarly sources are provided.

 
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