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politcal scinece

Choose one of the following questions. Do not copy the question of your choice in your essay. Write

either “Question 1” or “Question 2.”

1. Select a controversial topic, such as gun control, climate change, reproductive rights, or animal rights, and go online to find two organizations representing different sides of the debate (for example, the NRA at http://www.nra.org and the Brady Campaign at http://www.BradyCampaign.org). Summarize the information you found at the respective websites. What do the two sides have to say about the issues and about one another?

2. Who is your Member of Congress? Describe the major characteristics of your congressional district (e.g., CA-30) and explain what issues your representative has focused on and why. Be as specific as possible.

Format

Your paper should be at least 500 words in length (about 2 pages), double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt, Times New Roman, no extra space between paragraphs.

Please use MS Word only. Do not submit in PDF format.

The paper should proceed in this order: (1) essay title (please write your own title), (2) student name (last name, first name), (3) total number of words, (4) essay text, and (5) reference list. As for (3), please use the word count function of MS Word to count the total number of words in your text that excludes (1), (2), and (5).

Citation format

You may use any style of format used in Social Sciences and Humanities (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago). Examples:

•MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
•APA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/
•Chicago: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Make sure you cite your sources wherever you use their information. Failure to cite your sources will be dealt with harshly; penalties range from a low grade to a zero (F).

Important: Citing sources does not mean merely making a list of “works cited.” What you have cited in the text must correspond to the references you include on your “works cited” list.

Writing Style

This is an academic writing assignment. Please maintain an academic tone in your writing. Academic writing: http://library.bcu.ac.uk/learner/writingguides/1.20.htm; http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/wdc/learning/language/choice.htm

Submission

You are required to submit your paper to Turnitin on Moodle (see the week of April 25 on the course Moodle site). Please submit only one file to the submission site.

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