News Journal Written Assignment:

News Journals require you to relate current events to the topics covered within POS 2041, American National Government. For your first Journal please choose from one of the articles listed in the Word Document titled "Article List for WA1", in Module 3.  You will also find a document titled "Reference List for WA1" with an alphabetical list of citations, please the appropriate citations from this list in your Written Assignment.  

As you review the articles you will find that some are fairly direct while other reveal the complexity of federal issues.  Chose the article that you are most comfortable with and then fully address each of the following requirements:

  1. Summary - Summarize in paragraph form the facts and issues presented in the article. Please document the source of your information with a parenthetical reference.

  2. Application - Apply one or more concepts from the Federalism chapter in your textbook to the information in the news article. Specifically define the term and explain how the material in your textbook is illustrated in the article you are examining. This can be accomplished by using examples from the article and terms or concepts found in the textbook.

  3. Analysis - Conclude with an analysis and reflection of the issue that includes reasoning related to concepts within POS 2041 an analysis of the article perspective. Take a look at adjectives or research the source, while it may be to you a reasonable article it may include an inherent bias that either is supportive or critical of the subject of the article.  Include your observations. Does the article present the issue in a way that influences as well as informs. Lastly, include your own observations of the issue, the actions of those involved or an anticipated outcome related to your understanding of the concepts covered within the course.

Please specifically identify each section by number and title.

Your essay should be between 300 and 500 words, double-spaced and in APA format, with parenthetical citations and a Reference List. A cover page is not necessary.

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