The minimum writing requirement for the original post is 200 of your own words (excluding cited or paraphrased information from the word count).
Please address the following topic in your primary post.
“It Is Not The Answer That Enlightens, But The Question” – Eugene Ionesco
For this discussion board, each of you will ask the question. There is an art to asking a truly good question: a question that makes one wonder, think, perform some research, and analyze what one discovers. A good question piques the curiosity of those being asked. Here is how you should go about crafting your initial thread:
1. Read through the chapters in Unit 2 (or at least skim them)
Unit 2 Learning Objectives
- Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Texas government.
- Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government.
- Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
- Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas.
- Chapter 7: Texas Legisture
- Chapter 8: Texas Executive Branch
- Chapter 9: Texas Judiciary
- Chapter 10: Local Government in Texas
- Chapter 11: Public Finance in Texas
- Chapter 12: Public Policy in Texas
- Chapter 13: Crime and Corrections Policy in Texas
- Chapter 14: Building the Future
2. Find a topic therein that actually interests you in some way.
3. Read more outside of the textbook to develop a better understanding of the issue.
4. Ask the class a question – your thread must include some context and your sources for classmates to dig deeper. The question you ask must empower the student who answers to do a little research, to think critically, and to incorporate their own opinion.
Once you have written up and asked a good question, you will need to answer a classmate’s question. The sooner you post these, the sooner everyone can get working on them. Even if you don’t feel the author drew out your research or your opinion, make sure you answer using both, and a healthy measure of thought and critical evaluation of the topic.
Always identify sources with both MLA in-text (parenthetical) citations and references (in a Works Cited section at the end of your posting).
The minimum writing requirement must be met and exceeded using your own words (do not include cited information in your word count).
Don’t forget to include your word count!