POLS 1101 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
BILL OF RIGHTS TEAM PROJECT
Your Team Project will consist of two parts: a written research paper and an oral in-class presentation.
Written Research Paper
Do not simply answer the questions. Give details about the history of the specific amendment including (but not limited to) the following information:
What specific groups supported the provisions of this amendment at the time of the Constitutional Convention? Who were they and why did they support it?
Were there any groups or persons that were against the inclusion of this amendment (or any part of it)? Who were they and why did they not support it?
Were there any changes or modifications proposed that were not included in the amendment? Who or what groups supported or opposed the proposed changes? Why?
What were the historical causes for this amendment to be important enough to be included in the original Bill of Rights?
Have there been any attempts to change or repeal this amendment through the years? When and by whom? Who or what groups supported or opposed the changes or attempts at repeal? Why?
Are there currently any groups that want this amendment changed, abbreviated, expanded or repealed? Who would support such changes and why? Who would oppose such changes and why?
ORAL IN-CLASS PRESENTATION
Your in-class presentation should be no more than twelve minutes long. You may wish to use powerpoint or other technologies, but you are responsible for making sure that the classroom is equipped for your presentation. I strongly suggest that you practice in this classroom before your presentation. Problems with your presentation will affect your grade. The class will be allowed to ask a couple of brief questions after each presentation.
You may want to work together to do your research and produce a rough draft, then decide who will produce the written paper and how the oral presentation will be handled.
AT THE TIME OF YOUR IN-CLASS PRESENTATION, YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE A SYNOPSIS (AT LEAST ONE PAGE) OF YOUR PRESENTATION TO ME AND TO EACH STUDENT IN THE CLASS. IF YOUR PRESENTATI0N INCLUDES A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION, YOU MAY PROVIDE SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR POWERPOINT AS YOUR SYNOPSIS IF YOU’D LIKE.
I will devote at least one (and possibly two) class sessions to guiding you toward internet resources and giving you pointers to help you prepare your papers and presentations.
From time to time, I will require individual team members to turn in to me copies of emails, rough drafts, and other research/preparatory materials so that I can be sure that all team members are participating. Each time your team meets as a group, I would like you to hand in to me a single sheet of paper telling me who attended, who didn’t attend, and a brief explanation of what was accomplished at each team meeting/work session.
While it is my intent to grade the teams work collectively, I reserve the right to adjust individual grades as circumstances require. (To be quite blunt, this means that if you choose to not do your part for this assignment, I will adjust your individual grade accordingly). If you have any questions, please email me. Be sure to include your name, class day & time, and which team you’re on.
Dividing the research questions among the team, deciding who will write the paper, who will create the presentation, and who will participate in the presentation are all up to the team members.
I am not requiring any particular format for your paper, such a MLA or APA, but you do need to include a works cited page listing resources you used.
ALL WRITTEN PAPERS WILL BE HANDED IN TO ME AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CLASS SESSION ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRESENTATIONS FOR YOUR CLASS REGARDLESS OF WHICH DAY YOUR PRESENTATION IS SCHEDULED. THE GRADE ON ANY PAPER HANDED IN LATE WILL BE REDUCED BY HALF.
Information from in class presentations will be included on your final exam.
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