American Government 1 Project 2

Hello, I need to have this project fully and properly completed. It is a 900 word essay, so about 3 pages. Feel free to choose whatever option you would like, however Option B looks to be a simpler task. Thank you!
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Name
_________________________________
I.D. Number
________________________
Project 2
Evaluation 32
American Government 1: Theories, Policies and Politics
SSTH 037 059
Be sure to include ALL pages of this project (including the directions and the assignment) when you
send the project to your teacher for grading. Donâ??t forget to put your name and I.D. number at the top
of this page!
This project will count for 11% of your overall grade for this course. Be sure to read all the
instructions and assemble all the necessary materials before you begin.
State and Local Government
Choose EITHER Option A or Option B to complete this project. You may do your project as a written
paper, a PowerPoint Presentation, or a website.
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If you do a written paper, it should be at least 3 pages (900 words), typed, and doublespaced.
If you do a Power Point Presentation, you should have at least 15 slides and use at least two
visual aids (charts, photos, etc.).
If you do a website, you will need to have a well-organized layout that meets all grading
criteria and uses at least two visual aids (charts, photos, etc.). You will need to send the
URL for your site to your teacher with your project submission. Your website should be equal
in substance and information to a three-page paper.
Be sure to cite each source that you use (including any images you use for visual aids). Refer to the
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which may be accessed online or in
many libraries. Your project should be free from spelling, typing, and grammatical errors.
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Option A: State Legislature
Select a bill from a state legislature that you think is important. Discuss the billâ??s progress through
the legislature. Be sure to note the state and bill about which you are writing at the start of your
project.
Use the journals and proceedings of your stateâ??s legislature as the basis for your project. These
records are available online as well as in many libraries. Also, newspapers and local news programs
may be helpful.
Your project will be graded according to the following criteria:
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An explanation of the bill. (25 points)
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The significance of the bill. Note its purpose and describe the changes it will bring.(25
points)
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A summary of discussion about the bill. (25 points)
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Explanation of the billâ??s passage or failure. Note the results of the final vote. How many
legislators voted for the bill, and how many voted against it? Did one political party favor the
bill more than the other?(25 points)
Option B: Local Reform
Imagine a civic reform that you would like to make in your local community. Some examples of civic
reform are provided. They are only examples, and you do NOT have to choose one of them. Choose
an issue that is important in your town or area.
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a new traffic safety law (e. g., reserving certain lanes on busy streets for bicyclists or
prohibiting bicycling on busy streets, reserving certain roads for car pools)
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a new environmental protection law (e. g, annual or bi-annual inspection of vehicle exhaust
systems)
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public support for a local charity (e. g., shuttle service for donors to a local blood bank)
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a public work (e. g., a new road, a dog run area, a park, a shooting range, a swimming pool,
new parking areas)
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a public service (e. g., improved bus routes or schedules, new requirements for road
maintenance, more efficient garbage collection, greater access to recycling drop-offs, public
safety seminars)
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repeal of an unnecessary law (e. g., a leash law for cats, a high local tax, restrictions on
where restaurants and stores can be located)
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redirecting city funds (e. g., cutting support for an unpopular tourist attraction and using the
money to improve roads)
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Explain the issue and why you think the reform is necessary. Then describe the steps you would
need to take to enact the reform. Use at least one source to document the political processes in your
community.
Your presentation will be graded as follows:
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Explanation of the issues (assume your teacher is not familiar with them). (20 points)
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Explanation of why your reform is necessary. (20 points)
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Explanation of what your reform will involve. Your idea should be feasible, practical, and
realistic. If it involves spending, explain how your city or county will pay for it. Evaluate both
the gains and costs associated with your reform. (20 points)
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Explanation of local political processes. (20 points)
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Step-by-step plan of how your reform will be enacted. (20 points)
To submit your project:
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If you write an essay, type it in the space provided at the end of this document (scroll down).
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If you do a Power Point presentation, save it on your desktop.
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If you do a website, copy and paste your URL into the space provided at the end of this
document (scroll down).
Save your project assignment, using the course number, your name, and the project number in your
fileâ??s title:
SSTH037059_ABStudent_Project2.doc OR SSTH037059_ABStudent_Project2.ppt
Go to your course management system to upload your project file.
If you are submitting a file larger than 5000 K (5 MG), you will need to use the UNHS Dropbox. DO
NOT use the Dropbox if your file is less than 5000 K.
For directions on how to use the Dropbox, go to the homepage of your course management system
and click the DROPBOX link in the navigation panel. If you use the Dropbox, it will give you a URL.
Paste the URL into the space provided at the end of this document (scroll down). Then submit this
document so your teacher can access your presentation with the URL. Go to your course
management system to upload this document for submission.
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GRADING RUBRIC FOR PROJECT 2
Option A
Category
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor
An explanation of
the bill
The provisions of
the bill are clearly
explained in such
a way that
someone not
familiar with it will
understand it.
Description is
detailed.
A clear description
of the billâ??s
provisions but not
as many details as
an â??excellentâ?
answer.
A general
description of the
billâ??s provision.
A vague
description of
the billâ??s
provisions;
understanding of
the bill is not
clear.
Detailed
discussion of the
powers the bill
would give to or
take from the state
government and
how the bill might
affect relations
between state and
national
government.
Clear description
of powers the bill
would give to or
take from the state
government.
General
description of
powers the bill
would give to or
take from the
state
government.
Vague or
incomplete
description of
powers the bill
would give to or
take from the
state
government.
Detailed
discussion of
debate about the
bill. Arguments for
and against are
noted completely
and fairly.
Clear description
of debate about
the bill but not as
many details as
an â??excellentâ?
answer.
General
description of
debate about the
bill or only side of
the argument is
presented.
Vague or
incomplete
description of
debate about
the bill; neither
side of the
argument is
clear.
(25 points)
The significance
of the bill
(25 points)
A summary of
discussion about
the bill
(25 points)
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Explanation of
the billâ??s passage
or failure
(25 points)
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Detailed
discussion of the
billâ??s course
through the
legislature. How
much debate was
there, how long
did the debate
last, how close
was the vote, did
the governor
approve it?
Clear discussion
of the key points
in the debate
about the bill.
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Basic discussion
of the key points
in the debate
about the bill.
Vague
discussion of the
key points in the
debate about
the bill.
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GRADING RUBRIC FOR PROJECT 2
Option B
Category
Explanation of
the issues
(assume your
teacher is not
familiar with
them)
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor
A detailed
explanation of the
issue, written so
someone not
familiar with it will
understand it.
A clear
explanation of the
issue but not as
many details as
an â??excellentâ?
answer.
A basic or
general
explanation of the
issue.
A vague or
incomplete
explanation of
the issue.
A detailed
explanation of
what your reform
will accomplish,
who it will affect,
and why it will
benefit your
community,
written so
someone not
familiar with it will
understand it.
A clear
explanation of
your reform goals
but not as many
details as an
â??excellentâ?
answer.
A basic or
general
explanation of
your reform
goals.
A vague or
incomplete
explanation of
your reform
goals.
Analysis of what
impact your
reform will have
on government.
Will it increase or
decrease the local
governmentâ??s
power, and which
governmental
powers will be
affected?
A clear
explanation of
how your reform
will change your
local government
but not as many
details as an
â??excellentâ?
answer.
A basic or
general
explanation of
how your reform
will change your
local government.
A vague or
incomplete
explanation of
how your reform
will change your
local
government.
Detailed
description of the
type of local
government you
have.
Clear description
of the type of local
government you
have but not as
many details as
an â??excellentâ?
answer.
Basic or general
description of the
type of local
government you
have.
Vague or
incomplete
description of
the type of local
government you
have.
(20 points)
Explanation of
why your reform
is necessary
(20 points)
Explanation of
what your reform
will involve
(20 points)
Explanation of
local political
processes
(20 points)
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Step-by-step plan
of how your
reform will be
enacted
(20 points)
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Detailed
explanation of the
process through
which your reform
can be
implemented;
steps reflect
understanding of
how your local
government
operates.
Clear explanation
of the process
through which
your reform can
be implemented.
7  
Basic or general
explanation of the
process through
which your
reform can be
implemented.
Vague
explanation of
the process
through which
your reform can
be implemented;
the process is
not clear.
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[If you do the essay option, begin typing here.]
[If you do a website or submit your project with the UNHS Dropbox, paste URL here.]
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