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Synthesizing and Writing

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When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking.

The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.

For Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes, reviewed the Procon.org Website in order to gather information, and engaged in prewriting to examine your thoughts.

* Remember that in the Week 2 Discussion, you examined the biases discussed in Chapter 2 of the webtext.

In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write a paper to synthesize your ideas.

Part II – Writing

Write at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.

2. Identify (3) three premises (reasons) from the Procon.org website that support your position    and explain why you selected these specific reasons.

3. Explain your answers to the “believing” questions about the three (3) premises opposing your position from the Procon.org website.

4. Examine at least two (2) types of biases that you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against your position.

5. Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.

6. Discuss whether or not your thinking about the topic has changed after playing the “Believing Game,” even if your position on the issue has stayed the same.

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

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On March 30, 2011, the White House released Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8 to further enhance national preparedness for the United States. Subsequent updates have been added to the directive to further enhance national preparedness. This policy is organized around the following six elements:

1. National Preparedness Goal

2. National Preparedness System

3. National Preparedness Report

4. National Preparedness Frameworks

5. Federal Interagency Operational Plans

6. Build and Sustain Preparedness

The assignment is to create a PowerPoint Presentation of the six elements of the Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8.

PowerPoint Presentation format:

·         title slide,

·         introduction slide,

·         body (8 slides),

·         conclusion slide, and

·         reference slide.

McNeal Book Review

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  1. Abstract. Summarize what you have read, boiling the book down into 400-600 words (no more than 2 pages). Prove you comprehend the readings by writing a no-nonsense summary. The abstract is not a commentary or listing of topics but rather an objective summary from the reader’s viewpoint. Abstract equals “boiled down.” This section should include a minimum of 2 footnotes to the text being reviewed.

 

  1. Concrete Response. Get vulnerable! In no less than 250 words and no more than 1 page, relate a personal life experience that this book triggered in your memory. Relate your story in first person, describing action, and quoting exact words you remember hearing or saying. In the teaching style of Jesus, this is a do-it-yourself parable, case study, confession. You will remember almost nothing you have read unless you make this critical, personal connection. What video memory began to roll? This is your chance to tell your story and make new ideas your own.

 

  1. Reflection. This is the critical thinking part of the review (not critical in the sense of negative, but in the sense of questioning). In no less than 250 words and no more than 1 page, describe what questions pop up for you in response to what you have read. Keep a rough-note sheet at hand as you read. Out smart the author by asking better questions than he/she raised in the book. Tell how the author could have made the book better or more appealing to those in your field of service. One way to begin this section is by stating what bothered you most about the book. This is not a place to provide an endorsement or affirmation of the book.

 

  1. Action. So what are you going to do about it? In 400-600 words (no less than 1 page and no more than 2 pages) provide 2 actions that describe what changes you are going to make in your life, ministry, and/or work as a result of your reading. Actions should be measurable and reveal a commitment to specific time, specific people, and identified steps.

 

 

  1. Please provide a Turabian style* title page, pagination, footnotes & Bibliography.

The State Judicial Selection Process

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Assignment 1: The State Judicial Selection Process

Due Week 5 and worth 200 points

Each state within the United States has its own unique judicial selection process within its own court system.

Using the Internet or Strayer databases, research the judicial selection process for different court systems from different states within the U.S. Court System.

Write a five to eight (5-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Discuss the judicial selection process of your state. Include, at a minimum, the qualifications and steps that are taken in order to select judges for the different kinds of courts within your specific state.
  2. Choose a second state, and describe the qualifications and the selection process for judges within that state.
  3. Compare and contrast for both states the qualifications necessary for a prospective candidate to become a judge. Next, identify the steps that the relevant persons / entities need to take in order to remove a judge from office for disciplinary reasons for each state.
  4. Justify the selection process for the state that you believe has the best system in place. Justify the response.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Ambivalence Towards Gangs

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Write a 2 page paper.  Address the following in your paper:

  • Why do some communities become ambivalent to gangs?
  • What characteristics make gangs feel safe and how do communities contribute to this feeling?

Include a title page and 3-5 references.  Only one reference can be from the internet (not Wikipedia).  The other references must be from the Grantham University online Library. Please adhere to the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition, 2nd printing when writing and submitting papers. Papers should be grammatically correct.  Lastly, avoid first person and contractions in your paper. You can provide an opinion without using “I think” statements.

Philosophy

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I. Identifications

Select just seven (7) of the following items. Tell me briefly (a) what each is and (b) why it is important.

emotivism, ethics of care, divine command theory, relativism, antitheory, Euthyphro’s dilemma,

St. Augustine, Mo Tzu, Friedrich Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, Carol Gilligan, Nel Noddings,

Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Victor Frankl, trolley problems, logotherapy, will to power

II. Short Essays

Answer any three (3) of the following questions in 1-3 paragraphs. Be sure that your answer provides

historical information showing clearly how it is correct.

1. Is Kierkegaard’s category of “the public” still relevant? How do you think he would apply it to

contemporary “global” culture?

2. Why does Nietzsche think that existence has no purpose and that life has no meaning apart from

what each individual gives it? How might this view change the way a person lives?

3. What is the purpose of cooperation? Why do human beings cooperate?

4. What is the difference between merely providing care for someone and truly caring for that

person? Do you think our moral obligations extend to everyone or only to those we can truly

care for? Explain.

5. Morality has long been seen by many people as a matter of achievement: we become more

ethical by overcoming immorality and changing ourselves for the better. But St. Augustine

(following St. Paul) observes that we have neither sufficient ability to know what is truly moral,

nor the power on our own to achieve it; thus, morality is a result of God’s grace. Do you agree
with St. Augustine? Why or why not?

macroeconomic policy tools

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You can earn up to 50 points by reading and summarizing two current event articles.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNN, Time, Newsweek, Forbes>, etc. The articles you select should cover unemployment, inflation, GDP, the federal budget/national debt, or macroeconomic policy tools (fiscal or monetary). Your two summaries must be posted separately and include properly formatted citations to receive credit for both. Each summary should be at least 100 words.