Compose an essay of at least 2000 words but
no more than 3000 words (not including your references list) in which you
discuss in depth the following topic, making sure to offer your critical
thinking opinions (opinions plus reasons and evidence) of relevant ideas from
the Weeks 1-4 readings wherever possible:
its 1947 decision in Everson v. Board of Education (with an opinion written by
Justice Hugo Black), the Supreme Court has further considered and limited the
active role that religion or religious institutions can play in the public
sphere—that is, on government property. In your essay, present an argument for
one of the two following positions:
Faith groups and institutions should be allowed to form political parties and
they should attempt to gain influence in the workings of government for their
views and values by entering the realm of political discourse and attempting to
elect their own politicians.
Faith groups and institutions should not be allowed to form political
parties and they should not attempt to gain influence in the workings of
government for their views and values by entering the realm of political
discourse and attempting to elect their own politicians.
Note: In answering these questions, you
will specifically want to reference and critique, wherever possible, relevant
ideas from the Week 1 readings on values; Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Jefferson,
from Week 2; the Week 3 readings on interpretation of the Constitution, and the
Week 4 readings listed above. You may also bring in up to five additional sources that you have
found in your own research of the topic.
APA format for both in-text citations and your references list. Abstracts and
running heads are not required. Use the Major Essay Grading Rubric for
guidance on how to write this paper successfully and well.
Very Important for All Students:All
Major Essays must be submitted to Turnitin.com for a plagiarism check
before you send them to your instructor through the Assignment area (this
is explained in 3 below).
instructor will provide you with the Class ID and the Password to your
Turnitin.com class. You will then create an account at Turnitin.com. See the
Turnitin.com Instructions in the Assignments area of your Cyberactive course for
screenshots of how to create your account.
the course and assignment your instructor has set up there. Post your
your essay to your instructor in the Assignments area of the Cyberactive course
(see instructions below) by 11:59 p.m. Central Time of the Sunday that ends Week
You’ll find the
links to the Word documents of the Weeks 4, 8, and 12 assignments in the
Assignments area, just as you have for the other assignments in the course. The
blue underscored Week labels for those weeks are actually links.
you are ready to submit your assignments, click on the appropriate black Week
- A new
page will open that will enable you to upload your assignment. Do not copy and paste them in the
Submission box. Instead, scroll down a little further and click on Browse My
see a listing of the computer sites, folders, and files stored on your hard
drive. Navigate to the place on which you have your Major Essay saved on your
the file for your Major Essay. Click Open.
should now see your Major Essay attached to this upload page.
the green Submit button.
essay will now be stored on the Cyberactive system. Only your instructor can see
it. He/She will download it, save it to his/her hard drive, comment on it in
interlinear fashion, grade it, upload it, and send it back to you.
will see your grade in My Grades. When you click on the grade, a screen will
open in which you can see the attached file of your instructor’s comments on
Major Essay you will post to the Discussion Board for the class to see, as well,
will be Major Essay 3 The Service Learning Project Report. It will be
posted to the Week 12 Discussion Board forum after you’ve submitted it to
Turnitin.com and sent it to your instructor through the Assignment area.
Employ APA format for both in-text
citations and your references list. Abstracts and running heads are not
required. Use the Major Essay Grading
Rubric for guidance on how to write this paper successfully and well.
Important Assignment Guidelines: Not
following these guidelines will have a negative impact on your grade for the
- Write in Arial
font, size 14 (chosen from the drop-down menus on the create thread box in the
Discussion Board forum), unless otherwise directed by your instructor.
specific ideas from at least the two readings that illustrate these values.
Always name the author whose ideas you are discussing (use the author’s full
name the first time you refer to him/her; after that, identify authors by their
- Provide in-text
citations for all ideas, opinions, and facts derived from the course readings,
whether you simply refer to them, paraphrase them (put them entirely into your
own words), or quote them. Place the in-text citation at the end of your
sentence but before the period that ends your sentence. The in-text citation
should give the author’s last name (unless you’ve used it already in your
sentence), the year of publication (if known), and the appropriate page
number(s) from the reading (if page numbers are used in the online text of the
essay). Do not use the title of the reading unless it does not have an author).
example of a citation for the Thomas Paine reading for Week 1: (Paine, 1776).
example of a citation for the John Locke reading for Week 2: (Locke, 1689, pp.
- Provide a
References list at the end of your essay that includes bibliographic references
for every reading cited in your essay.
references list does not count toward your minimum word count.
Center the word
References (do not underline it, place it in quotation marks, or place it in
bold or larger size font).
references, listed alphabetically by author’s last name.
formatting guidelines for your list. The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers
excellent detailed explanations of APA Format requirements. This is the URL for
the Purdue OWL: