Part 1-Current Event Article and Summary Analysis Write up
1. Find a Current Event Article students will find a current news article (online or in print)
about a current political event, issue, election, debate (etc.) that has taken place within the
federal level of American governments or politics, in the last 3 months, News articles must
be connected the topic(s) assigned to the week that they are due. Review the reading
schedule to know the weekly topic.
2. Summary and critical analysis Write Up Students will post a minimum of one-page
summary and critical analysis. Summary and critical analysis need to formulate an opinion
that focuses on connecting the week's topic- Review the reading schedule to know the topic.
What’s a summary analysis, you say? The grandaddy of political science, Harold Lasswell, is
known for defining Politics. , Ideological values, beliefs, and opinions, aside, when it comes
to government and politics, his definition of the word (ironically) is probably the only thing
that all mankind can agree on. Lasswell, defines politics, as "who, gets what, where, when,
and how". Apply that definition to the article's information, or the article's information to
that definition, and write a 10-sentence summary that focuses on critically evaluating what is
going on, from your personal perspective. Interject your opinion. You should be making a
statement, argument, and your opinion about the subject matter, should be known.
However, this needs to be done in a scholarly and academic manner. Focus on explanation,
reason and rationalization, to provide a clear opinion statement and discussion of their
personal perspective and political position towards the event or issue in their article. In
addition, to receive full credit, students MUST include a direct link to the original article’s
text that they are using to complete this assignment.
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