There are three parts to your class project: the first two are essays. The final part is a PowerPoint
presentation that will display the combined work on the essays. For each assignment, there will
be detailed instructions and rubrics with scoring criteria available in the “Assignments” section
of the course.
1. You are a White House Staff Member working for a newly inaugurated President. The
President is preparing the first “State of the Union” address to Congress which will
outline the president’s vision for addressing current issues facing the United States.
2. You will research issues to create the President’s address. The president is not a dictator.
The proposals must consider the Constitution, relevant court rulings, and public opinion.
3. After you have completed your research of the issues, you will then create a PowerPoint
presentation reflecting your proposed State of the Union address. Think of it as your TV
infomercial promoting your plan, and use it to grab the public’s attention.
Using the “Assignments” section of the classroom, you will write two essays together with cited
research sources. They will be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 600 words per essay,
and you may lose points for going too long! The rubric states an exemplary essay will be
concise. The topics for the issues will be:
a. Healthcare (due at end of Week 3)
b. National Security (due at end of Week 5)
For each essay, choose a problem within the topic. What are two competing solutions to this
problem? Explain which one is better and why. How will the different levels of government be
involved (federal, state and local)? This will require research into news recent news articles
(published within four weeks of each assignment’s due date). For each respective week, include
relevant information from the required readings for that week too.
PowerPoint presentation (due at end of Week 7)
After you have completed your research of the issues for the essays, you will design and build a
presentation that represents each of the above issues and proposed solutions. This is an
opportunity for you to use your creative side. You will use a minimum of four slides for each
issue, a title slide, and a slide listing references for a minimum slide total of ten slides.
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