Week 4 assignment: electoral college – good or bad?

Instructions
The Electoral College was created to protect US citizens against mob rule. Mob rule is the control of a lawful government system by a mass of people through violence and intimidation. However, some Americans question the legitimacy of this process. Pick one election where the outcome of the popular vote and the electoral college vote differed to create an argument in favor of or opposed to the use of the electoral college. List at least three valid points to support your argument. Present you argument in a PowerPoint presentation.

As you complete your presentation, be sure to:

  • Use speaker’s notes to expand upon the bullet point main ideas on your slides, making references to research and theory with citation.
  • Proof your work
  • Use visuals (pictures, video, narration, graphs, etc.) to compliment the text in your presentation and to reinforce your content.
  • Do not just write a paper and copy chunks of it into each slide. Treat this as if you were going to give this presentation live.

Presentation Requirements (APA format) 

  • Length: 8-10 substantive slides (excluding cover and references slides)  
  • Font should not be smaller than size 16-point  
  • Parenthetical in-text citations included and formatted in APA style  
  • References slide (a minimum of 2 outside scholarly sources plus the textbook and/or the weekly lesson for each course outcome) 

Grading
This activity will be graded using the Electoral College Grading Rubric.

Course Outcomes (CO): 6

Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Rubric

POLI330 Week 4/8 Electoral College Rubric (100 pts)POLI330 Week 4/8 Electoral College Rubric (100 pts)CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpeaker Notes15 ptsThe student uses speaker notes to add details and expand upon bullet points.10 ptsThe student’s speaker notes are somewhat detailed.5 ptsThe student’s speaker notes are not detailed.0 ptsThe student did not use speaker’s notes.15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIdentifies and provides background on election10 ptsThe student identifies and provides solid background on election.8 ptsThe student identifies and provides some background on election.5 ptsThe student identifies an election.0 ptsThe student does not identify and provide background on election.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProvides three points to support argument45 ptsThe student provides three or more valid points to support argument.30 ptsThe student provides two valid points to support argument.15 ptsThe student provides one valid point to support argument.0 ptsThe student did not provide reasoning for removal.45 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength: 8-10 substantive slides (excluding cover and references slides)10 ptsThe student provides 8-10 substantive slides plus title and reference slide,8 ptsThe student provides 6-7 substantive slides plus title and reference slide5 ptsThe student provides 4-8 slides, but they are not substantive and they are missing a title or reference slide.0 ptsThe student provides less than 4 slides.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of visuals10 ptsThe student masterfully uses visuals (pictures, video, narration, graphs, etc.) to compliment the text in presentation and to reinforce content.8 ptsThe student somewhat skillfully uses visuals (pictures, video, narration, graphs, etc.) to compliment the text in presentation and to reinforce content.6 ptsThe student uses visuals (pictures, video, narration, graphs, etc.) in the presentation.0 ptsThe student fails to use visuals skillfully (pictures, video, narration, graphs, etc.) to compliment the text in presentation and to reinforce content.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA/Sources5 ptsThe assignment is referenced and formatted according to APA standards and two additional scholarly sources are provided.4 ptsThe assignment is referenced and formatted according to APA standards and one additional scholarly source is provided.3 ptsThe assignment is referenced and formatted according to APA standards, but has no additional sources.0 ptsNo APA style or format was used. No sources used.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting5 ptsThe student presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).4 ptsThe student presents information using understandable language, but is somewhat disorganized (some errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).3 ptsThe student presents information using understandable language but is very disorganized (many errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).0 ptsThe student presents information that is not clear, logical, professional or organized to the point that the reader has difficulty understanding the message (numerous errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and/or punctuation).5 pts

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