May 22

posted May 22, 2012, 5:13 AM by Peter Knowles
Today in class we'll work on the last assignment for this unit, dealing with the many levels of courts and the judges who serve in them. 
Open a Google Doc Template called "Chapter 25.4: The Courts & their Judges" and use the text (pages 676-681) to collect the answers. If you don't finish in class, you may complete it for homework. 

Tomorrow we'll begin work on your next written assessment, a research assignment about a state, regional, or local issue. Take some time before then to review the assignment:

Unit 4 Assessment:  Due Friday, May 25, 2011

Your unit handout begins with a quote from Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill that "All politics is local", and the unit has presented various levels of local government, from the actions and responsibilities at the state level, down to your very own town and county councils. Your unit assessment is based on your understanding and reactions to some aspect of local government.

Here's what you need to do:

1) Choose an action or decision of your local government (city, county, state) that has been in the news recently

2) Learn about the background of the decision or action -- What was the problem? What were the options? Who was impacted by the decision?

3) Explain your opinion on the government's action or decision -- Was it the right one? Will it address the problems as desired? Will it cause new ones?

To complete this assessment, you'll need to learn some new information, perhaps by looking at recent issues of The Enterprise, (or The Columbian, or TheOlympian orThe Seattle Times if you want to look at a state-level issues). You may want to talk to parents or others who have been following the issues. You may even want to call up a member of your local government involved in the decisions to learn more. Whatever you decide is fine, as long as you:

A) Understand and explain what the issue is about

B) Explain your opinion on the topic, including a critique of the government’s actions

C) Keep track of where your information comes from so you can cite it in your writing

Unit 4 Essay Scoring Guide       

GRADED ELEMENTS

Exclnt

Good

Avg

Fair

Poor

Mss

INTRODUCTION clearly identifies topic & gives sense of beginning for essay

5

4

3

2

1


0

BACKGROUND on chosen topic clearly identified; evidence that writer understands & can clearly explain problem, options, and current situation (step 2 above)

15

12

9

6

3

0

OPINION/ PERSUASIVE evidence, arguments, and language used to explain writer’s point of view (step 3)

10

8

6

4

2

0

BODY remains focused on main argument of essay; paragraphs/ideas logically presented

5

4

3

2

1

0

CONCLUSION wraps up essay with summary or restatement of thesis

5

4

3

2

1

0

CONVENTIONS applied correctly to support essay; Spelling, grammar, punctuation support message

5

4

3

2

1

0

RESEARCH documented with accurate citations andreference list

 5

4

3       

2     

1     

TOTAL

/ 50

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