Government

Focused Current Event Article Discussion 2: American Citizenship Test and Reflection

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Instructions: This is a 2 part focused writing assignment. I will provide the context, necessary information, background, as well as links and resources, needed to comply with the minimum requirements necessary to participate and complete this assignment. If you are aiming for an A or B on this assignment, I do expect that you will include additional resources and research links. These do not have to be a laundry list.  More is not better. Direct and to the point is key.  I expect additional resources be properly cited, at the end of your part 1 critical analyses.  

Part 1: Choose a Prompt and Post Reply

Minimum length of analysis is 1 page double spaced, or half page single spaced. Type it first in a word document for reference. Then, copy and paste. Formatting standards: 12 point font, times new roman, double spaced ( if 1 full page in word) otherwise single spaced (equivalent to half page in word). Must include properly formatted citations for any and all resources, links and information publications, used in your research, as well as incorporated as supporting evidence, for your critique and analysis.

I expect you to incorporate information, offering supporting evidence specifically from at least one or more of independently researched resources and links, to be discussed, mentioned and cited within either your part 1 or part 2 post, if not both.  You can just note the source when citing parenthetically, within your analyses, as long as you provide a full title, and link to the information source, listed at the end of your reply. This is what will earn you a A or B grade.

Part 2:  Critique and Rebuttal

You will not be able to review posts submitted by your peers, until you yourself have submitted your critical analysis, for Part 1.

Review your classmates posts. Select one to offer a rebuttal or critique.

Selection Criteria and Post Formatting Requirements

Cannot choose to reply to post of someone who shares your same prompt or your same position and analyses. You only have to do this once, but I encourage you all to reply and post to as many classmates posts to enhance discussion to make the course more engaging.

Minimum length of analysis is 1 page double spaced, or half page single spaced. Type it first in a word document for reference. Then, copy and paste. Formatting standards: 12 point font, times new roman, double spaced ( if 1 full page in word) otherwise single spaced (equivalent to half page in word).

PROMPT

Copy and paste the following link to take a practice version of the United State’s Citizenship Test. You are to take the test blind.  Meaning, do not look up the answers. You are not be graded on your score. Use the result to complete your reflective writing essay by responding to the following prompt, after you have completed the test.

https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics (Links to an external site.)

  1. In your own words, describe what it means to be American.
  2. In your own words, define the demographic eligibility of an American citizen…..be as detailed as possible.
  3. Based on you responses to 1 & 2 would you qualify to be an American citizen?
  4. Discuss your experience taking the citizenship test, by apply examples of the questions you answered and your final blind score to provide a critical analysis of what you learned about your own perception and expectation versus that of the government’s when determining American citizenship

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