TOPIC: On January 30 (2018), President Trump will give his State of the Union Address to Congress.
In TWO pages maximum, please discuss (1) What are two of President Trump’s key proposals? (2) Protagonists – Who argues in support of the President’s proposals, and what are their arguments that the President’s proposals are good for America? (3) Antagonists – Who argues against the President’s proposals, and what are their arguments that the President’s proposals are bad for America? (4) Where do you stand regarding the President’s proposals, and why?
It is the discretion of the student (you) to pick which two proposals of President Trump’s to discuss.
Each section should be approximately half a page, thus all four sections should end up as TWO full pages, plus a third page for citations.
ONLY YOUR NAME AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE. Do NOT waste space with the date (I know when this assignment is due!), my name (I know what my name is!), the name of the course (I know the name of the course!), etc. Anything other than your name will consume precious space that you will need to adequately address each section, and if you include anything beyond your name at the top, your assignment will be assessed a -5 point penalty (because you’ll have already submitted less work with the lost space.)
IN-TEXT CITATIONS ARE REQUIRED. This is a current event so news sources will be your best sources (e.g. LA Times, NY Times, Time Magazine, etc.) DO NOT JUST PROVIDE A LIST OF SOURCES AT THE END. You need to cite the news sources wherever you use them anywhere inside those two pages of the assignment. Citations must be proper and complete. If you do not know how to properly cite sources, please review your English 1A notes, or seek help at the Language Success Center (BEB-101). NO CITATIONS = 0-points for the assignment, JUST A LIST OF SOURCES AT THE END WITH NO CITATIONS IN ANY OF THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS = 0-points for the assignment. I apologize for the ALL CAPS, but I can’t emphasize enough that proper citations are absolutely required for any research work, even if it’s only two pages long.
When identifying supporters and critics, you must identify specific INDIVIDUALS. Do not simply say "Republicans feel…" or "Democrats think…" because not all Republicans agree with the President and not all Democrats disagree with the President. Identify specific INDIVIDUALS. The best evidence of these individuals’ support or criticism are quotes of their statements. In other words, "Senator So-and-So agrees with the President because he said, ‘blah blah blah blah blah…’ " Use quotes of individuals’ statements as evidence.