Description Discuss how political culture shapes the Texas Constitution and our relationship with the national government. (Use examples.) Then, explain what you see as the strengths and weaknesses of the Texas Constitution as related to the current conditions in Texas. (For conditions, you can consider economic or cultural conditions, just be sure to use examples.) Finally, in your conclusion discuss one change you would make to the Texas Constitution. Be sure to explain why you believe your suggested change would improve Texas. Content: (5 points) Uses appropriate, relevant and compelling content to illustrate mastery of the subject, conveying the writer’s understanding, and shaping the whole work. Reasoning/Development/Research: (5 points) Demonstrates skillful use of high-quality, credible and relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate to the question. Sources are well-integrated and support claims of the answer. Organization/Mechanics (5 points) Answer clearly identifies ideas — making ideas easy to identify and your points clearly relevant. Use of language that skillfully communicates meaning to readers. Excellent grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation Rhetoric of the Discipline (5 points) Demonstrate excellent knowledge of the subject. Correctly use and identify key concepts. Clearly links to larger context of government/politics Your work can be easily understood by someone not familiar with the topic. Student’s position (perspective, thesis or hypothesis) (5 points) Specific position is imaginative and/or takes into account the complexities of an issue. Limits of your position are acknowledged, while including consideration of others’ points of view.
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