Searching for Current Events About American Ideals

Searching for Current Events About American Ideals

This week’s activity asks you to identify an American ideal and summarize a related current event in 1-2 sentences. It will prepare you for your first assignment, Letter to Family. 

Step 1: Choose one of the following American ideals:

  • democracy
  • liberty
  • equality
  • justice
  • freedom
  • opportunity

Step 2: Identify an article (no older than 6 months) that covers a current event related to your American ideal. This article should be from a reputable news source that publishes well-written and well-researched news.

  • One tip for finding a current event is to choose a reputable news source and visit their website to see recent articles on relevant topics.

​​​​​​​Step 3: Write a short statement (1-2 sentences) summarizing the current event and how it relates to your chosen American ideal. Provide two examples that illustrate the connection.

Step 4: Include an article link in a source list 

SAMPLE

Student Name

American Ideal:

1-2 sentences about the current event and how it relates to your chosen American ideal. Provide 2 examples.

Article citation.

Unit 2 reflection

Unit 2 reflection

 In this reading reflection, write a couple of brief paragraphs (about 200 words total, but that isn’t strict) about one of the readings for this unit. 

  • Summarize the main points of the reading and any prominent arguments/evidence used to support the evidence
  • Explain how this reading relates to the course material (does it support something in lecture? is it an example of a general theory? does it advance an argument? etc.)
  • Describe your personal analytical and emotional (if you choose) reactions to the piece.

Again, this is meant to be an informal way for you to engage with the material. 

WEEK 1 READING REFLECTION 1

WEEK 1 READING REFLECTION 1

 In this reading reflection, write a couple of brief paragraphs (about 200 words total, but that isn’t strict) about one of the readings. 

  • Summarize the main points of the reading and any prominent arguments/evidence used to support the evidence
  • Explain how this reading relates to the course material (does it support something in lecture? is it an example of a general theory? does it advance an argument? etc.)
  • Describe your personal analytical and emotional (if you choose) reactions to the piece.

Again, this is meant to be an informal way for you to engage with the material. 

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 1 REFLECTION 2

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 1 REFLECTION 2

 In this reading reflection, write a couple of brief paragraphs (about 200 words total, but that isn’t strict) about one of the readings. 

  • Summarize the main points of the reading and any prominent arguments/evidence used to support the evidence
  • Explain how this reading relates to the course material (does it support something in lecture? is it an example of a general theory? does it advance an argument? etc.)
  • Describe your personal analytical and emotional (if you choose) reactions to the piece.

Again, this is meant to be an informal way for you to engage with the material. 

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 2 ES. SAY

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 2 ES. SAY

  Read chapter 2, 3 and 4 and the following documents attached

In your second es.say, you will answer one of the following questions:

  1. What      issues, or sorts of issues, would be likeliest to cause a war between      the United States and China?
  2. Would      mutual abolition of nuclear weapons make war between the United States and      China more likely or less likely?

Be sure to explicitly state which question you are answering. Answer only using material from this unit.

Your answer should be no more than 800 words long. It should be at least 500 words as a minimum

A rubric has been provided for you. Review it. This rubric will be used for all short p.apers for the course. Please note that an excellent pa.per will be focused on answering the question by advancing a clear and persuasive the sis (no long introductions are necessary). 

Your pa.per will also acknowledge and rebut at least one other plausible answer to the question. I recommend identifying the strongest objection to your th esis that you can find and explicitly showing how your argument addresses that objection.

An excellent pa.per will also use course material and only course material (readings and lectures) to answer the question.

Given that you have only a maximum of 800 words, I strongly recommend that you write a draft p. aper and then revise thoroughly, using the rubric as a guide.

Your references do not require a bibliography; simply be direct about to which lecture or reading you are referring. Please provide page numbers when possible.

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 2 ES. SAY

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 2 ES. SAY

  Read chapter 2, 3 and 4 and the following documents attached

In your second es.say, you will answer one of the following questions:

  1. What      issues, or sorts of issues, would be likeliest to cause a war between      the United States and China?
  2. Would      mutual abolition of nuclear weapons make war between the United States and      China more likely or less likely?

Be sure to explicitly state which question you are answering. Answer only using material from this unit.

Your answer should be no more than 800 words long. It should be at least 500 words as a minimum

A rubric has been provided for you. Review it. This rubric will be used for all short p.apers for the course. Please note that an excellent pa.per will be focused on answering the question by advancing a clear and persuasive the sis (no long introductions are necessary). 

Your pa.per will also acknowledge and rebut at least one other plausible answer to the question. I recommend identifying the strongest objection to your th esis that you can find and explicitly showing how your argument addresses that objection.

An excellent pa.per will also use course material and only course material (readings and lectures) to answer the question.

Given that you have only a maximum of 800 words, I strongly recommend that you write a draft p. aper and then revise thoroughly, using the rubric as a guide.

Your references do not require a bibliography; simply be direct about to which lecture or reading you are referring. Please provide page numbers when possible.

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 1 REFLECTION 2

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 1 REFLECTION 2

 In this reading reflection, write a couple of brief paragraphs (about 200 words total, but that isn’t strict) about one of the readings. 

  • Summarize the main points of the reading and any prominent arguments/evidence used to support the evidence
  • Explain how this reading relates to the course material (does it support something in lecture? is it an example of a general theory? does it advance an argument? etc.)
  • Describe your personal analytical and emotional (if you choose) reactions to the piece.

Again, this is meant to be an informal way for you to engage with the material. 

WEEK 1 READING REFLECTION 1

WEEK 1 READING REFLECTION 1

 In this reading reflection, write a couple of brief paragraphs (about 200 words total, but that isn’t strict) about one of the readings. 

  • Summarize the main points of the reading and any prominent arguments/evidence used to support the evidence
  • Explain how this reading relates to the course material (does it support something in lecture? is it an example of a general theory? does it advance an argument? etc.)
  • Describe your personal analytical and emotional (if you choose) reactions to the piece.

Again, this is meant to be an informal way for you to engage with the material. 

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 1 REFLECTION 2

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 1 REFLECTION 2

 In this reading reflection, write a couple of brief paragraphs (about 200 words total, but that isn’t strict) about one of the readings. 

  • Summarize the main points of the reading and any prominent arguments/evidence used to support the evidence
  • Explain how this reading relates to the course material (does it support something in lecture? is it an example of a general theory? does it advance an argument? etc.)
  • Describe your personal analytical and emotional (if you choose) reactions to the piece.

Again, this is meant to be an informal way for you to engage with the material. 

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 2 ES. SAY

US FOREIGN POLICY WEEK 2 ES. SAY

  Read chapter 2, 3 and 4 and the following documents attached

In your second es.say, you will answer one of the following questions:

  1. What      issues, or sorts of issues, would be likeliest to cause a war between      the United States and China?
  2. Would      mutual abolition of nuclear weapons make war between the United States and      China more likely or less likely?

Be sure to explicitly state which question you are answering. Answer only using material from this unit.

Your answer should be no more than 800 words long. It should be at least 500 words as a minimum

A rubric has been provided for you. Review it. This rubric will be used for all short p.apers for the course. Please note that an excellent pa.per will be focused on answering the question by advancing a clear and persuasive the sis (no long introductions are necessary). 

Your pa.per will also acknowledge and rebut at least one other plausible answer to the question. I recommend identifying the strongest objection to your th esis that you can find and explicitly showing how your argument addresses that objection.

An excellent pa.per will also use course material and only course material (readings and lectures) to answer the question.

Given that you have only a maximum of 800 words, I strongly recommend that you write a draft p. aper and then revise thoroughly, using the rubric as a guide.

Your references do not require a bibliography; simply be direct about to which lecture or reading you are referring. Please provide page numbers when possible.