AP Public Policy Paper

Objective:

      The objective of this paper is to give you an in-depth understanding of one of the major public policy issues facing our country today. You will be given the opportunity to select an issue from topics provided or choose one of your own that relates to federal domestic policy. You will then be assigned a current member of the House of Representatives for whom you will write this paper. You will then research this issue from the perspective of one of their staff persons.  This is not an opinion piece or an analysis of the politician's personal views, but a thorough analysis of the issue at hand with an exploration of the pros and cons of the options available. 

Content Checklist:

  • Describe and analyze the issue in detail; including, its relevant historical background, and who it affects.
  • Explain the views on the issue of both political parties and at least two special interest groups/government institutions.
  • Provide evidence and analysis of the views of the assigned congressional district on this issue using polling data.
  • Provide the pros and cons to at least two proposed bills to address this issue that includes who would support and oppose each option, relevant public opinion data, views of the politician’s political party, and potential outcomes. 

Structure Checklist:

  • It must be at least 10 full typed pages in length, in Times New Roman font size 12, double spaced, excluding bibliography, graphics, charts, etc. 
  • Paper formatting must follow proper Chicago Style formatting.
  • It must contain a bibliography with a minimum of 8 sources. 
  • Statistics, quotes, original ideas, and references must be footnoted. You should have at minimum of 8 footnotes, with at least one for each of the eight sources at a minimum.

 

Grading:           

  • Research Paper Grading Rubric                                                                                               

Process

 

Stage 

Resources

Due Date                 

Points

Assignment #1

Initial Outline 

Assigned topics and assigned congressional districts can be found in the Assigned Topics List in Google Classroom once assigned. You are responsible for finding the current politician for your assigned district.

Initial Outline Template 

Initial Outline Example

Video Explanation 

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Unit Plan1 

10

Assignment #2

Define the Issue

Define the Issue Overview

Define the Issue Example

Video Explanation

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Unit Plan 1

10 

Assignment #3

Proposed Legislation

Proposed Legislation Overview

Proposed Legislation Example

Database of current and past legislation in Congress

 

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Unit Plan 3

 

10 

Assignment #4

Public Opinion

Public Opinion Overview 

Public Opinion Example

Video Explanation

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Unit Plan 4

10

Assignment #5

Party Positions/Interest Groups

Party Positions Overview

Party Positions Example

 

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Unit Plan 4

10

Assignment #6

 Outline

Outline Overview 

Outline Example

If details and sources were added to the outline from each step, the outline should be complete and ready to turn in. The process of writing the actual paper should begin after this point.

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Unit Plan 5

10

Assignment #7

1st Draft

Research Paper Example #1

Citation Machine 

Video- Adding footnotes in Google Docs

AP Peer Editing Worksheet – Another student will use this worksheet to evaluate your rough draft. The completed worksheet will be turned in with the final draft.

Credit is given for participating in the peer editing, not the rough draft. You may not participate in the peer editing unless you have a rough draft.

 

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Unit Plan 5

 

10

Assignment #8

2nd Draft

 

AP Peer Editing Worksheet – Another student will use this worksheet to evaluate your rough draft. The completed worksheet will be turned in with the final draft.

Credit is given for participating in the peer editing, not the rough draft. You may not participate in the peer editing unless you have a rough draft.

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Unit Plan 5

10

 

Final Draft

Research Paper Grading Rubric

Examples provided are not necessarily of perfect papers, but provided as an opportunity to review a finished paper. Please consult the grading rubric and format examples to ensure all requirements are met.

Research Paper Example 

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Unit Plan 5

 

60

     
  Total     140 pts