You are to write a current event paper, approximately 750 words in length, consisting of a summary and analysis of a current event having to do with American government and/or politics. You must cite a minimum of five references (sources) in the paper and include a works cited page at the end of the assignment to provide full bibliographic information for each of the references that was cited in the text of the paper. Note that this paper is to be written on a current event of substance. Writing a paper exploring the different sides of a current social issue is not a current event, and if you write such a paper, you will have to redo the assignment. Some examples of issues are — gun control, legalizing any drug, abortion, death penalty, transgenderism. If you write on these or similar topics, you will be redoing the assignment. Some examples of current events are anything that “happens” no earlier than one month before the course started. An example would be President Trump’s sudden ban of transgenders in the military. That was a current event when it happened; it is no longer current. If you have any doubts at all about your selected topic, please run it by me.
By “topic of substance”, I mean a topic that actually matters. Much of what is in the “news” is just to create drama and diversion. You will not be writing any papers on those topics. So, for example, you will not write any papers on anything concerning any celebrities. You will also not write about President Trump and Stormy — that is not a “topic of substance”. And for the most part, unless you have some unique, new insight (which students have sometimes), you will not write about the infighting between the two dominant political parties or anything related to it.
Current event papers must be formatted according to MLA style, for papers with no title page (see the following link to access an online resource for MLA style: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/). In addition, please use Courier New 12 point as the paper’s font, and ensure the assignment is double-spaced.
The current event paper should have the following elements: