American Government

Project 1

Evaluation 31

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. Don’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.

 

Essay: Political Ideas

 

Do you believe the United States Constitution most closely reflects the views of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, or Patrick Henry? Do some research on one of these of individuals and explain how his ideas match the principles of the Constitution. Use at least one source other than your course materials.

Your essay will be graded as follows:

  • Discussion of the philosopher’s views (25 points)
  • Summary of the Constitution’s principles, ideals, and provisions (25 points)
  • Discussion of similarities and differences between the philosopher’s views and the Constitution (25 points)
  • Use of at least one source outside your course materials (25 point)

Your essay should be at least 3 pages (900 words), typed, and double-spaced. Because you will be using sources other than your textbook, you will need to include a list of references with your essay.  Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which may be accessed online or in many libraries. Your paper should be free of spelling, punctuation, and typing errors.

 

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SSTH037059_ABStudent_Project1.doc

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GRADING RUBRIC FOR PROJECT 1

 

Category Excellent Good Fair Poor
Discussion of the philosopher’s views

(25 points)

Detailed description of the philosopher’s views about government, including his thoughts about the purposes of government, how government should function and what powers it should have, and the proper relationship between government and the people. Clear description of the philosopher’s views about government, although not as many details as an “excellent” answer. Basic or general description of the philosopher’s views about government. Vague or incomplete description of the philosopher’s views about government.
Summary of the Constitution’s principles, ideals, and provisions

(25 points)

Detailed description of how the Constitution meets the six purposes of government and specific references to the Constitution. Clear summary of how the Constitution meets the six purposes of government. Basic or general summary of how the Constitution meets the six purposes of government. Vague or incomplete summary of how the Constitution meets the six purposes of government.
Discussion of similarities and differences between the philosopher’s views and the Constitution

(25 points)

Examines how the Constitution and the philosopher’s views match the concepts of democracy. Clear summary of similarities and differences between the Constitution and the philosopher’s views but not as many details as an “excellent” answer. Basic or general summary of similarities and differences between the Constitution and the philosopher’s views. Vague summary of similarities and differences between the Constitution and the philosopher’s views.
Use of at least one source outside your course materials

(25 points)

Ideas from the source are synthesized into the paper and used to defend your argument. Source is cited correctly. Information from the source is clearly used to explain the philosopher’s views. Source is cited correctly. Information from the source is used, but summary of the philosopher’s views is general or basic. Source is cited correctly. Little use is made of source; source is not used; or source is not cited.

 

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