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May 31

posted May 31, 2013, 5:15 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 79--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain the how I see myself as a future participant in American Government.I will consider key ideas from this unit as they apply to me and my future.   I will complete and turn in a well organized essay that expresses my personal ideas and views about 4 main areas of political involvement.  This is a  summative assessment and will have a major impact on my grade in this class. 

TODAY IN CLASS you have as much time as you need to complete your final essay for this class in which you answer the question:

How will the ideas addressed in this unit make an impact on YOU as you begin your political life?

Write a personal essay explaining how you think the following forces will act on YOU as a participant in our nation's democracy in the years ahead:

q  Political parties: Do you think you'll join one? Do you already consider yourself aligned with one? If so, why? If not, why not? How did –or will—you choose a party?

q  Voter behavior: Do you see yourself fitting into any identifiable categories? Do you think you'll follow the tendencies of others like you? Do you see yourself as becoming an active voter, casual voter, or non-voter? What issues do you think will be most important to you in deciding how to use your vote? Explain your reasoning.

q  Money and elections: Do you consider yourself capable of making donations to a campaign at some time in the future? Under what conditions would you consider giving actual money to a candidate or political cause? If not, why not?

q  Media influence: Do you consider yourself capable of navigating through the many messages about candidates, political issues, and other public policies? What kinds of media do you predict you'll rely on to remain politically informed? Where will you find information to help you make your political decisions?

Be clear and explicit in your predictions. There's no research required, just some thinking about the ideas from the unit and some reflection on what you find important, what your interests and skills are, and how you see yourself in the future.

Coming up next: The course Final, on Tuesday, June 4. You can download a study guide here
Spend some time finding, organizing, reviewing, and adding to your assignments and notes from the course so you can use them quickly during the test session.