INSTRUCTIONS: You will write a 12 page paper. To complete the assignment, you must choose an issue facing the USA. If you are having a difficult time coming up with an issue, come see me, and we’ll figure something out together. The paper will be graded in accordance with the Palo Alto College Critical Thinking, Communications (Written), Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility rubrics.
The paper must be written with a word processor. You must upload the paper to Canvas as a Word (.doc or .docx) file by 11:59 on Friday December 6th. I will not grade papers that are not uploaded as doc or .docx files. Include a cover page which provides a paper title and your name. The cover page will not count towards your page count. The rest of the text must be at least 10 pages, double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman font, and with 1-inch margins on all sides. You will need to use at least 10 reputable outside sources. Wikipedia, the textbook, and summary websites like procon.org are NOT valid sources for this paper. If you have questions about a source’s validity, ask me!
You will need to adhere to the citation guidelines set forth by the American Political Science Association. A PDF APSA style guide will be provided. You must also include a works cited section on a separate page that will not count toward your page count.
I am always more than happy to look at drafts and give feedback along the way.
RESOURCES: There are three vital resources to help you with this paper. The first resource is the PAC Library located online and in Ozuna Hall. We will spend time in class discussing the library resources, and links to this information will be provided on the course Canvas page. The second resource is the PAC Writing Assistance Center located in Gutierrez 102/104. The writing center is an invaluable resource for ALL students which can help make you a better writer and turn a good paper into a great paper. The third resource is me! I am always more than happy to help you out and give you a push in the right direction. Do not hesitate to contact me if any questions or concerns arise while working on this paper.