Current Events Project Description: This is a research essay. Students are expected to conduct research on topics of their choice using articles from reputable news sources. For example, if students have an interest in how the Texas budget needs to be improved, search news articles that talk about this topic.
Students are expected to make direct connections between the content of their article selection with the content of this course. Content includes lectures, textbook readings, and discussion posts. Students should consider the amount of time it will take to complete this assignment. A strong essay submission will require at least 2.5 to 3 full hours.
Current Events Instructions:
Research any social, governmental, or political event that has occurred within 2023. You may only find an event that has happened within any of these Texas governments. You may not write about news outside of TEXAS. You may not complete a current event on the following topics:
- Anything related to COVID-19
- Anything about COVID-19 Vaccinations
- Monkey Pox
- NRA or anything related to guns or active shooters
- Immigration or DACA
- Black Lives Matter/Back The Blue
While these are all great subjects to discuss, you should think beyond these subjects and uncover a new topic.
Instructions on how to complete the Current Event:
- Using Microsoft Word, provide a summary of what is going on in your article (do not rewrite the article, just provide highlights of the main idea in the article. Do not use Google Drive, Box, Microsoft Edge to complete this assignment. I will only accept Word documents.
- Use reputable news sources such as mainstream news platforms like CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Texas Tribune etc.
- Do not use Wikipedia or any social media platforms.
- Connect something we have learned in class, lecture or that you have read in your text with the article.
- Detail your thoughts feelings and concerns with the source.
- You do not need annotate unless you are using a source other than the text and article link. If use an
- Copy and paste your article link at the end of your article. Failure to copy and paste the article link is an automatic zero on the assignment.
- Essays must have a word count of at least 300 words.
- Be sure to double check your work before submission- 100 points will be deducted for each missing part of your submission.
Suggested Current Event Essay Format:
Here, connect anything from lectures, text book readings, and assignments to the article.
State your position about this article. Detail your thoughts or feelings etc.
Copy and paste the link to your article here. Do not forget to copy and paste the link to your article. Failure to copy and paste the article link here is an automatic zero on the assignment. All assignments submitted from a year other than 2023 will earn zero credit