Administrative Information: Students are required submit the review assignment on Blackboard by Monday, November 30, 11:59pm. Late submissions will earn a 5% penalty per calendar day or part thereof. The assignment is worth 15% of the overall grade. It should be 3-4 pages long, in MS Word, double-spaced, using 12 pt. Times New Roman, black font, on 8.5 x 11 white paper, with one-inch margins on all sides. Assignment Style and Structure: You are required to write a critical review of The minority majority: America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats: The constitution was not designed for the two-party politics it unwittingly encouraged. The Economist, Print Edition, July 12, 2018, available at: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/07/12/americas-electoral-system-gives-therepublicans-advantages-over-democrats Note: the .pdf version of the article is also enclosed with the assignment in case you cannot access the article due to lack of subscription or other issues. Your paper should have: 1) Introduction (about half a page) – where you provide the details of the publication and the journal article and briefly explain the topic of the text. A brief summary of the key argument(s) as well as a statement of your evaluation of the article (i.e., your take from reading it) should also be included here. 2) Body (about 2 pages) – where you summarize the content and highlight the key points of the article in more detail. It is important that you critically evaluate the arguments of the journal article by applying the knowledge on the subject matter that you acquired during class. Relevant textbook chapters can and should serve 2 as a theoretical background for your review. Feel free to make references to the textbook and/or other sources. It is imperative that you provide your opinion about the article. Do you agree with the author(s)? Why or why not? Defend your position through theory discussed during class and/or other evidence. Provide examples to defend your position where necessary. 3) Conclusion (about half a page) – where you summarize the article and your opinion about it. You are required to restate your overall opinion about the article and present your recommendations on how to resolve/approach the problem raised in the text. A good review essay requires a concise, yet comprehensive, evaluation of the journal article. Hence, efficient writing and effective communication of your critical review is essential. You are expected to provide an evaluation of the merits and possible shortcomings of the article in a coherent and argumentative manner. Please follow the norms of formal writing. Use complete words and sentences, proper grammar and spelling. Avoid awkward phrasings. Be on the safe side, avoid long and confusing sentences, remain focused on the topic. Citation: Please follow the MLA citation guidelines for works cited in your essay. Please refer to the school’s guidelines here: https://www.sunywcc.edu/cms/wpcontent/uploads/2012/11/MLA8WCCGUIDE_2.17.pdf Grading Criteria: See page 3 Plagiarism Reminder: Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the WCC plagiarism policy available in the student handbook and at sunywcc.edu/plagiarism. Plagiarism, cheating, and other kinds of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Any student who plagiarizes or cheats will automatically receive a zero (0) on the assignment or exam for the first offense. Second offenses will result in failure of the course and reporting of the student to the college for academic dishonesty. Question? Please raise them during class or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 3 Grading criteria for the Review Assignment Content 70 pts • The student displays a clear grasp of the argument of the journal article • The student efficiently outlines the overarching argument of the article and highlights the key points • The student provides a well-formulated opinion about the article and outlines its strengths and weaknesses • Writing is accurate, with no factual errors Format, Organization, Writing Style, and Grammar 30 pts • Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling • Well-structured, complete, clear and concise sentences • Text is argumentative and persuasive when needed • Structure displays a logical and coherent sequence. Effective transition sentences/words are utilized to maintain the coherence of the text • Paragraphs exhibit consistency in tense and tone • Examples and references are relevant and support the argument(s)
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