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					CITIZEN ACTION POINTS                                       1st SEMESTER DUE DATE: 1/13/11 or 1/14/11
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 2010-2011
MR. KOCH
MR. SEGRAVES
MRS. WILSON


 A democracy depends upon citizens being involved and informed. Each individual has responsibilities
in being an active citizen and cooperative member of society. Each student must complete 6 C.A.P’s
for 1st semester. C.A.P’s make up 10% of your semester grade and will be calculated as follows
                          100% = 6 C.A.P’s
                           90% = 5 C.A.P’s
                           80% = 4 C.A.P’s
                           70% = 3 C.A.P’s
                           60% = 2 C.A.P’s
                           50% = 1 C.A.P’s
                            0% = 0 C.A.P’s
Not completing this will have an adverse effect on your semester grade. To help you I will put
information about C.A.P opportunities on the bulletin board that will let you know of upcoming events
or opportunities.

Each of the C.A.P. write ups must be typed with 12 pt, Times New Roman font. The page requirements
for each category are complete pages, not half or three quarter pages (unless specifically noted as a
half page write up). All pages should be double spaced. Write ups should be headed with YOUR
NAME followed by the C.A.P. CATEGORY. The date of when the C.A.P was done, not when you wrote
it up, must also be included in the heading. If there is any question about the category you may not
receive credit.

REQUIRED FOR CREDIT (MUST DO 1 OF EACH):

      1. PUBLIC MEETING OF GOVERNING BODY
            In order to fulfill this requirement, I recommend you attend a city council meeting for either Boise
            or Meridian. However, you may also attend any public meeting, such as planning and zoning, Ada
            County Highway District (ACHD), A town meeting called by an elected official or a candidate forum.
            Write a 2 page summary of the meeting. This paper must include an opening paragraph that details
            what public meeting you attended, where it was held, date and time of attendance. The body of the
            paper should include issues discussed and solutions or recommendations made at the meeting. The
            final paragraph(s), minimum of ½ page must include your personal opinions and observations from
            the issues discussed and the meeting in general.
                     *Minimum: 2 hours or to the conclusion of the meeting.

      2. MAGAZINE NEWS ARTICLE
            Read a magazine article from a periodical like Time, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, etc. or
            an on-line news source. Choose an article at least 3 pages in length that focuses on a national or
            international issue relating to government. A proper APA format citation must be at the top of the
            paper (See Handout). Following the citation should be a 2 page summary. The summary should
            include an overview of the issue and an evaluation. The evaluation should include your opinion and
            reaction to the topic and its effect on society.
     3. TV NEWS PROGRAM
            In order to fulfill this requirement you must watch any one of the following programs:
     Newshour w/ Jim Lehrer – 6-7pm PBS                       Nightline
     O’Reiley Factor – 6 and 9pm M-F FOXNEWS                  Hannity and Colmes – 7pm M-F FOXNEWS
     Meet the Press – 9am Sunday MSNBC                        On the Record w/ Greta – 8pm M-F FOXNEWS
     Lou Dobbs Tonight – 4-5pm M-F CNN                        Situation Room – 5-6pm M-F CNN
     Paula Zahn Now – 6-7pm M-F CNN                           Anderson Cooper 360° - 8-10pm M-F CNN
     Hardball w/ Chris Matthews – MSNBC                       Countdown w/ Keith Obermann – MSNBC

             Take notes on what you observe and hear. Include your hand written notes with your paper. Write a
             minimum of 2 pages summarizing the major issues discussed during the program. A minimum of 1/2
             page must be dedicated to your personal opinions and observations about the topics discussed on the
             program. List the date and the title of the program that you watched.

     4. WRITE A LETTER TO A POLITICAL LEADER (member of the U.S. Congress or a State Legislator)
           Express your views, opinions, or questions on a political subject. The letter must be at least 1 page in
           length and relevant to the person you are sending it to. Make a copy of your letter and turn it in for
           credit. You may also write a letter to the editor to the Idaho Statesman. This letter must be properly
           formatted and written. Please refer to the handout on “Write Your Public Officials”. Please share
           with the class any responses you may receive.

OPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES (2 REQUIRED FOR FULL CREDIT):

     5. POLITICAL VOLUNTEERISM
           Choose a candidate or issue you support and perform at least 2 hours of volunteer work. Work may
           include distributing leaflets, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, door knocking or a variety of
           other activities. To get credit you must get a signed note from a supervisor indicating the date and
           time spent along with the type of work done. You must also type a 1 page description of the candidate
           or issue you chose with a description of the specific task you helped with.

     6. POLITICAL RALLY
           Attend a political rally, speaker or meeting. Write a 2 page summary of the event along with ½ page
           dedicated to your opinion and/or what you learned. Get these pre-approved, so credit is assured.
           Indicate in your summary the amount of time you ere in attendance.
                   *Minimum: 2 hours or until event ends

     7. JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE
            Attend either Youth Court (times and locations to be announced) or Magistrate Court. If you attend
            Youth Court you must attend at least TWO complete cases through sentencing. Write a summary that
            includes an evaluation of the proceedings (how things work) and a summary of each case observed.
            Also include an opinion of the effectiveness of the system. The write up must be a minimum of TWO
            pages in length and the length of attendance must be at least ONE hour. If you participate in the
            Youth Court proceedings as a juror, bailiff or attorney additional credit is possible. Other judicial
            experience besides youth or magistrate court is possible WITH PRE-APPROVAL.
            **You may NOT be personally involved in the case.**

     8. REGISTER & VOTE
          Democracy revolves around the right to vote. Too many Americans choose not to exercise that right.
          For those of you who are 18 years old at the time of any local, state or national election; voting will
          count as a category for you. You must get a note signed by one of the election officials at the polling
          place. It should include their name (written legibly) and the location where you voted. You must also
          write a ONE page summary describing the voting process. What did you experience at the polling
          place? Also, how do you think the actual voting process could be done more effectively?
9. JOIN A CITIZEN ORGANIZATION
      Become a member of an organization which focuses on a particular issue(s). Examples: Young
      Democrats or Republicans, Amnesty International, Key Club, Big Brothers/Sisters. Pay dues, attend
      meetings, submit verification of attendance by supervisor/advisor and write ½ page summary for each
      of at least 5 meetings in which you attended.

10. COMPLETE A WRITTEN REPORT
      Complete a typed report/research paper of at least 3 pages in length. A bibliography must be included.
      Please have your topic approved before you begin. Relevance to course content is extremely
      important and must be adhered to. An oral report will be given to the class to meet the requirements
      for the report.

11. CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN: BOOK ANALYSIS
      Read a book about a contemporary American political figure. Although exceptions can be made, you
      should choose a person whose life figured prominently in the period 1960-present. This person does
      not have to be a President, but any prominent political figure. A book must be pre-approved for
      credit. The book must have a minimum of 200 pages and the report must follow the outline in the
      handout on “How to Write a Book Report”.

12. OTHER IDEAS?
      Check with the instructor. It must pertain to American Government and the C.A.P purpose.

				
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