current governmental or political (not historical) issue or problem of importance.

Topic Selection—A current governmental or political (not historical) issue or problem of importance. This topic should be very specifically related to Texas government. • Content—Address the various sides of the current issue with the Student drawing personal conclusions based on their analysis of the issue and demonstrating an understanding of its complexities. • Present an informed evaluation of the evidence and the different viewpoints surrounding the topic. Compare and contrast the different viewpoints of the sources cited, taking account position limits. Analyze and question your sources’ assumptions. • Paper length—Your paper should contain a minimum of 1,000 words (not counting headings, notes, or citations). (No maximum length). The paper should be typewritten, double-spaced, standard 1-inch margins, 12-pt font utilizing Times New Roman or similar font. Your paper should be based upon information from a minimum of three sources (no maximum). Table and charts are not required but welcome; these do not count toward your word count. • Writing style—With few or no typographical errors, misspelled words, and grammatical errors. Use proper, complete sentence and paragraph structure. Improve your writing style by revising the paper as many times as necessary. • Citations—Anytime you borrow someone’s ideas, paraphrase or quote them, cite all sources using an MLA citation format. Construct a bibliography (e.g., “work cited” or “End Notes” page) using an appropriate method approved by the Instructor. The paper should be 1000 words long