Worksheet and Final Paper Pre-Planning

 Worksheet and Final Paper Pre-Planning

Building on your a

PART 1:

Outline

ssignment from Week 2(attach below), this week you will expand on your topic and develop a thesis statement and an outline for your Final Paper.

Prepare: This is the second step in writing your Final Paper, so please be sure to re-review the POL201 Assignment Guide download and the POL201 Final Paper template download within the online classroom. Reflect on the policy topic that you determined last week and review your instructor’s comments and feedback regarding the policy and preliminary research. Review the research articles you found last week and determine what other aspects of the policy still need to be discussed and supported.

Reflect: Reflecting on your policy and your previous research, think about how to best structure your thesis (the argument) that you are supporting within this assignment. For this assignment, you will establish your thesis and then outline your paper with your supporting resources. You will utilize your four references from last week and add at least two additional references this week, for a total of six sources for this week’s assignment. At least four of these resources should be from the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. The following resources will help you to use the library effectively to find resources for your assignment:

For guidance on using library databases to locate scholarly, peer-reviewed articles click on Help! Need Article (Links to an external site.) and then click the “How Do I Search for Articles” button from the menu.

For guidance on identifying the types of sources you can use for academic research, watch this interactive tutorial on Evaluating Sources (Links to an external site.) . Continue the research process and find sources that support your ideas and that can be integrated into your paper effectively. The POL201 Research Guide (Links to an external site.) is designed to help you find sources for your paper. Be sure you make use of this librarian-created resource for your assignment.

The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Be sure that the sources you are utilizing to support your ideas are valid, reliable, and not overly bias. For more information on identifying information bias, watch this interactive tutorial on Subjective and Objective Statements (Links to an external site.).

Write: You will establish and develop a strong thesis for your Final Paper. The thesis (see Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.) ) will serve as the backbone of your Final Paper and should showcase in one complete statement what your policy is, why it is important, and how it relates to policymaking and government program administration within the American national government.

Once you have established your thesis, you will then outline (see Outlining (Links to an external site.) ) your Final Paper utilizing outline format. When utilizing an outline, be sure to include the elements from the Week 2 assignment and remember to use headings and subheadings. All sentences within your outline should be complete and should help to support your ideas.

To complete the assignment, save the Week 3 Outline Worksheet (attach below)ownload to your computer, fill it out, and submit it via Waypoint. Within the worksheet, you will state your thesis statement, provide an outline of your paper, and integrate the four sources from your annotated bibliography, plus two more sources, into your outline to showcase how these resources support your ideas. Provide a full APA references list with a minimum of six sources. Please be sure to utilize outline format and to support all statements with scholarly research. All references should be listed in full APA format and cited appropriately.

PART 2:

Week 3 Open Forum

This discussion forum allows you the opportunity to explore topics that interest you and relate to United States government and the political processes we are discussing. Within this forum, you will share critical insights and discuss questions and issues that we are studying, share your personal challenges and successes, and discuss any concepts that you do not completely understand that have been discussed or addressed in our materials this week. Your initial post should focus on your personal experience within the course over the past week and should prompt further discussion from your classmates. Please be sure to address the following questions:

  • How is your research progressing on your Final Paper project so far? What from this course has had the most impact on your understanding of American government?

In addition to the questions above, also address at least one of the following questions as you reflect on the learning week:

  • What was the most interesting and/or intriguing concept you learned about during this week?
  • Are there any current events that you can recall that relate to the course concepts we are studying this week?
  • What insights have you had?
  • What concepts are causing you to struggle?
  • What questions have arisen for you at this point?
  • Do you have any helpful tips or ideas to help students better understand the material and course concepts?
  • What questions do you have regarding any of the discussions or assignments that your classmates might be able to provide insight? (Please note, if you have a question for the instructor, be sure to contact them through email or in the Ask Your Instructor forum, as they may not see the question here.)