Assignment 1

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Assignment #1–Exposition (Due Wednesday March 5 2014 ):

Part 1: Write an exposition paper about the “Constitution of the United States,” “The Declaration of Independence,” Federalist Paper #10,  and “Federalist Paper #51.”  Follow rhetorical model handout provided by instructor (staple this handout to the rear of the paper).

Assignment #1 Handout—Exposition—“On the Separation of Departments of Power” by James Madison

After reading Federalist Paper #51, Review the section written by Lee A. Jacobus about the historical background of this document, the handout paragraph summary, and the handout analysis of the document.

The “Federlist Papers” were written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison to convince the colonists that this new constitution would successfully replace the temporary government used during the Revolutionary War.

Your assignment is to write a 4 plus page essay in standard MLA format, a works cited page, and a  350 word last page about analysis of your composition difficulties.

 Write this paper in 3rd person point of view and proofread carefully before submission. Your thesis statement should be a one sentence answer to the question, “How important is the idea of justice in the new nation?”  See question #1 for critical writing on page 117 of your text book.

·        “Argue the case that justice is the end of government.  It is the end of civil society.  Madison says these words in paragraph 10 and to that point in the essay he has hardly mentioned the concept of justice.  How important to his position in the essay?  How important is it today?  Has the government he recommended done well in providing the people with justice?”  (Jacobus 117)

Your paper should contain an introduction, multiple paragraphs of 5-11 sentences, and a conclusion.

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Part 2: Part 3: Submit “5 Power Figures” and Machiavelli summary.

Please note that anyone who does not submit this assignment on the due date is is danger of failing this class.  If you do not choose to do the work laid out for you in this syllabus, drop the class now and give your seat to an anxious student who is willing to do the work required by the University of California standards.  The State of California is out of funds and can no longer tolerate slackers.  Students must earn grades in this class, not because they are “cute,” or “have a great personality” or “are popular,” or “are cool” or just desire to “pass on these assets” don’t have a clue about the value of an education.  In this class, each person is judged on individual merit.  This instructor does not accept bullies or bribes (I actually have been offered a bribe to pass a student) or take pity on the lazy.  The wait lists for English 1A are long and difficult and don’t insure success.  Please be a winner, not a loser!!!!!!!  Submit all work in a timely manner, even if it is not perfection—this instructor does not expect perfection, but expects diligence and a desire to obtain the “American Dream” from each individual student.  This instructor matchs help with student effort.

 

Please note that anyone who does not submit this assignment on the due date is is danger of failing this class.  If you do not choose to do the work laid out for you in this syllabus, drop the class now and give your seat to an anxious student who is willing to do the work required by the University of California standards.  The State of California is out of funds and can no longer tolerate slackers.  Students must earn grades in this class, not because they are “cute,” or “have a great personality” or “are popular,” or “are cool” or just desire to “pass on these assets” don’t have a clue about the value of an education.  In this class, each person is judged on individual merit.  This instructor does not accept bullies or bribes (I actually have been offered a bribe to pass a student) or take pity on the lazy.  The wait lists for English 1A are long and difficult and don’t insure success.  Please be a winner, not a loser!!!!!!!  Submit all work in a timely manner, even if it is not perfection—this instructor does not expect perfection, but expects diligence and a desire to obtain the “American Dream” from each individual student.  This instructor matches help with student effort.

From my initial student list for both English 1A classes, I noticed many students who successfully passed my English 50 class in FALL 2012.  Some of you may have already watched and commented on the videos below.  The former English 50 students may skip over those mandatory postings they have already commented on or may comment again for the benefit of new students.  In this class our textbook A World of Ideas concentrates on defining the basic disciplines that are required for both an associates degree and a bachelor’s degree, including government, justice, the individual, wealth and poverty, the mind, nature, etics and morality,and gender and culture.  Our K-12 system has failed to adequately prepare students to read and think critically at the college level.  Because English 1A follows the University of California standards, this class will provide an insight into all of these disciplines and the website assignments are designed to assist students in filling in educational gaps missing from K-12.  Anyone passing this class with a “C” or better will be adequately prepared to earn an advanced degree.  Each student must complete 45 web posts during the semester.

Week 1 of class–mandatory website postings:

School Rock–The Preamble

Declaration of Independence narrated by Morgan Freeman

Proof that America is a Republic, not a Democracy

Marbury v. Madison

Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, & Thomas Sowell 

Defend Adam Smith’s Views on Free Market Economics 

Week 2 of class–mandatory website postings:

George Carlin

A Modest Proposal

Commentary onA Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal Videos

 

 

 

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