Discuss what you think American society in the United States will look like in 20 years. Will future generations be engaged citizens? Think about issues such as rights, equality, responsibility, and individual behavior. Express your optimism or pessimism about this nation’s future.
Primary Assignments are to be double-spaced, using 11 point Calibri font. Be sure to save your work before you submit it. Assignments should include a 1” margin on the sides, top, and bottom. Please review the assignment instructions for specific word counts.
Each Primary Assignment requires:
a thesis statement,
an APA style bibliography,
use of APA style in-line citations, and
adherence to the 3+1 Rule.
The 3+1 Rule requires students to use a minimum of three assigned readings from the current week and one from a previous week. This rule encourages students to review and connect the assigned readings from week to week.
Additional Notes and Instructions
What is a Thesis Statement? Many of the Primary Assignments in this course take the form of a persuasive argument. A persuasive argument is one in which the writer attempts to persuade the reader of the validity of their position on an issue. The thesis statement is often a single sentence which informs the reader of the writer’s position, and the direction the argument will take. In essence, the thesis statement gives the reader a brief overview of what to expect. In this course, please place your thesis statement in the opening paragraph of your composition.
Learning to create a thesis statement can be a challenge. After you have read and engaged the assigned course materials, take time to organize your thoughts. Also, think about how the weekly learning objective ties into the course. Consider the relationships between the course materials and how they relate to the assignment question. Also, think about the importance and complexity of the ideas and themes in the course, how they relate to each other, and how they can be used to formulate a persuasive argument. The Primary Assignment asks the student to be objective and demonstrate learning based upon the assigned course materials. Ask yourself, what do you want the reader to learn from your persuasive argument? While working through the process, it is likely that both the argument, and therefore, the thesis statement, will evolve as your thoughts on the topic solidify. If you have questions, please ask.
Use of Supplemental Materials: While your instructor may provide additional or supplemental classroom materials, external materials cannot be required in an assignment, nor be considered when determining assignment or final grades. Any supplemental learning materials, those not embedded in the course, are optional suggestions. Optional materials may not necessarily represent the desired learning objective of this course or Bellevue University. If you have questions, please ask.
Students are instructed to demonstrate learning based upon the assigned course reading materials. External documents will not be considered in the grading process. Your instructor is unable to grade your opinion. The course grading rubric requires your instructor to grade your demonstration of learning based upon the assigned course reading materials.
Bias and Partisanship: This course is non-partisan. Great effort has been made to provide a learning experience to students untainted by overt partisan bias. Students may be asked to engage in learning materials that conflict with their preexisting world view. Being able to engage materials which challenge one’s beliefs can stimulate critical thinking and personal reflection. These materials are not indicative of bias or partisanship. However, like life, you may be exposed to ideas that conflict with your own. If you have questions, please ask.
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