For this final project, worth a total of 100 points towards your final course grade, you are required to

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either 1) attend an in-person or virtual activity or 2) watch a film or documentary related to American

politics; then write a report. Either choice (activity or film) is acceptable, so long as it is related to U.S.

politics, a topic that has been discussed in some way during the course, and your instructor approves


Here are some examples of projects that would be approved:

A. Attend a speech/panel/presentation related to a topic in our class. For example, Broward

College hosts gubernatorial debates each year a new Florida Governor is elected.

B. Watch a documentary, televised political debate, or movie related to a topic in our class. Some

examples include "The Abortion Divide" (free on PBS) or “Reversing Roe” on Netflix. Netflix

(subscription service required, although there is a 30-day free trial) has a lot of excellent

documentaries on many different topics that we cover in this course.

C. Partake in a local election event of a party or political candidate running for


D. Partake in an event related to an interest group, such as Black Lives Matter, Environmental

Protection advocates, Pro-Life/Pro-Choice advocates, etc.

Based on your selection, write a 750-1,000 words report that includes the following three sections:

1. A summary of the activity or documentary,

2. Examples of how it related to this class (including page citations and 2-3 quotations from the

text), and

3. A concluding paragraph about what you learned.

This assignment is worth 100 points, so it carries a substantive weight of about 20% of your final

grade. Keep the following guidelines in mind to avoid having points deducted from your work:

Category Guidelines

Activity Choice The activity or documentary selected is on a topic that we learned about in our course on U.S.

politics. The instructor must provide approval. (Worth 5 points – pass/fail)

Minimum Word

Count No fewer than 750 words

Maximum Word

Count No more than 1,000 words


1” margins

12 pt. Times New Roman Font (or Palatino Linotype)

Double-spaced (no extra spaces between paragraphs)


Quoting, or


In the first part of the project, you should use your own words to summarize your experience.

When citing and quoting the text in the second part of the project, you must give proper credit to

your source(s). Visit Purdue OWL: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing for instructions on

how to do this properly. Referencing someone else’s work also requires that you select a citation

format – APA, MLA, or Chicago – and use that format consistently throughout your report.

Final Report

Submit the final project in the corresponding Assignments dropbox. The report will be run

through Turnitin, a plagiarism detection software. Visit the Academic Honesty section of the

syllabus for our plagiarism policy. Your work must be a product of your own efforts. It cannot be

identical or similar to another student’s paper. (Worth 95 points)

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