12th Grade CBA

You have 3 choices: Checks and BalancesConstitutional Issues, orGovernment Revenue and Responsibility.
 
 
 
Checks and Balances 
A responsible citizen of the United States understands how the constitutional principle of checks and balances protects the three branches of government. You will develop a presentation or write an essay about the effectiveness of the system of checks and balances related during a particular administration, congress/legislature, or court.

Directions In a cohesive paper or presentation, you will:
State a position that evaluates whether the system of checks and balances worked during a particular administration, court, or congress/legislature by evaluating whether it prevented one branch from exercising too much power.
Provide background on your position by describing the administration, court, or congress/legislature.
Provide background on your position by explaining how one branch checked or could have checked another during this time with two or more examples.
Provide reason(s) for your position that include:
  • An evaluation of whether one branch increased its power during this administration, court, or congress/legislature relative to another with two or more examples to support your position.

  • Make explicit references within the paper or presentation to three or more credible sources that provide relevant information AND cite sources within the paper, presentation, or bibliography.
     
    Scoring Criteria:
    Position
    All CBA responses should include a position. Every CBA presentation should make a case or argument for looking at a particular issue, topic, or event in a particular way.
     
    Explanation and Analysis for Background, Reasons, or Evidence
    Any required explanation or analysis should include at least one specific detail or example as well as the student’s commentary on how the detail or example relates to the position, issue, or topic being addressed in the CBA response. Just providing commentary or just listing specific details is not adequate.
     
    Sources:
     All CBAs for grades 6‐12 require responses to use and cite 3 or more sources. To be credited forthe use and citation of a source, the response must explicitly address the source within the text andprovide enough bibliographic information so that an outside reviewer could find the source (e.g., author,title, and url for an online article) or, at least, be able to corroborate the existence of the source (e.g., informal interviews). The only source for which a student does not need to provide bibliographicinformation is the U.S. Constitution. 
    A.C.C.E.: 
    There are four qualities that any CBA response must have to earn credit. In short, they must be accurate, clear, cohesive, and explicit in addressing the relevant concepts.
     
    Cohesive: All parts, paragraphs, or sections of a CBA response must fit together in one cohesive whole. If it is so disjointed that an outside reviewer would not be able to gather the overall position, it cannot earn credit.
     
    Clear: If an outside reviewer cannot follow the points made in a CBA response due to lack ofclarity, it cannot be credited.
     
    Explicit: Responses should address concepts and elements required by the rubric in explicit terms. For example, if the rubric requires the response to include a discussion of a particular perspective, it should be clear to an outside reviewer where that discussion is in the response.
     
    Accurate: For a response to earn any credit, the information provided for a particular criterion must be accurate.
     
    Constitutional Issues
     
    Citizens in a democracy have the right and responsibility to make informed decisions. You will make an informed decision on a public issue after researching and discussing different perspectives on this issue.
     
    Directions
  • In a cohesive paper or presentation, you will:

    State a position on the issue that considers the interaction between individual rights and the common good AND includes an analysis of how to advocate for your position.

    Provide reason(s) for your position that include:
    • An analysis of how the Constitution promotes one specific ideal or principle logically connected to your position on the issue.
    • An evaluation of how well the Constitution was upheld by a court case OR a government policy related to your position on the issue.
    • A fair interpretation of a position on the issue that contrasts with your own.

    Make explicit references within the paper or presentation to three or more credible sources that provide relevant information AND cite sources within the paper, presentation, or bibliography.
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    Position: All CBA responses should include a position. This position is meant to be persuasive. Every CBA response should make a case or argument for looking at a particular issue, topic, or event in a particular way.

    Explanation and Analysis for Background, Reasons, or Evidence:

    Any required explanation or analysis should include at least one specific detail or example as well as the student’s commentary on how the detail or example relates to the position, issue, or topic being addressed in the CBA response. Justproviding commentary or just listing specific details is not adequate to earn a response credit forexplaining or analyzing someth

    Sources:

     
    Government Revenue andResponsibility 
    Responsible citizenship requires an understanding of how government raises and spends money to implement policies and programs. You will select a level of government and examine the revenue sources and expenditures related to a particular policy or program.
     
    Directions
  • In a cohesive paper or presentation, you will:

    State a position evaluating the government collection of revenue and expenditures related to a policy or program that includes:
  • A conclusion about how studying this policy or program helps us understand other policies or programs.

  • Provide reasons for your position that include:

    A general overview of the program.
    An analysis of how stakeholders have influenced or attempted to influence the government revenue collection and expenditure related to this policy/program with two or more examples.

    An explanation of who pays for and who benefits from the collection of revenue and expenditures related to the policy/program with two or more representative examples (at least one example of each).

    Make explicit references within the paper or presentation to three or more credible sources that provide relevant information AND cite sources within the paper, presentation, or bibliography.

    Scoring
     

    Position
    :
    All CBA responses should include a persuasive position.  Explanation and Analysis for Background, Reasons, or Evidence
    Any required explanation or analysis should include at least one specific detail or example as well as the student’s commentary on how the detail or example relates to the position, issue, or topic being addressed in the CBA response. Just providing commentary or just listing specific details is not adequate to earn a response credit forexplaining or analyzing something.
    Sources
    All CBAs for grades 6‐12 require responses to use and cite 3 or more sources. To be credited for the use and citation of a source, the response must explicitly address the source within the text and provide enough bibliographic information so that an outside reviewer could find the source (e.g., author, title, and url for an online article) or, at least, be able to corroborate the existence of the source (e.g., informal interviews). The only source for which a student does not need to provide bibliographic information is the U.S. Constitution

    A.C.C.E.:

    There are four qualities that any CBA response must have to earn credit. In short, they must be accurate, clear, cohesive, and explicit in addressing the relevant concepts.Cohesive: All parts, paragraphs, or sections of a CBA response must fit together in one cohesive
    whole. If it is so disjointed that an outside reviewer would not be able to gather the overall position, it cannot earn credit.Clear:
    If an outside reviewer cannot follow the points made in a CBA response due to lack of clarity, it cannot be credited.Explicit
    Responses should address concepts and elements required by the rubric in explicit
    terms. For example, if the rubric requires the response to include a discussion of a particularperspective, it should be clear to an outside reviewer where that discussion is in the response.Credit will not be given to points that require inferences to be madeAccurate:
    For a response to earn any credit, the information provided for a particular criterion must be accurate. The following is a supplemental criterion to be used in conjunction with CBA’s rubric when the response contains inaccuracies.
     
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