WRITING ASSIGNMENT #4
CITIZENSHIP PAPER ASSIGNMENT
Using Russell Dalton’s book as the basis for analysis, you will be writing an 800-1000 word essay on what you think it means to be a “good” citizen. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, using 12pt font. This assignment will be worth 20 points.
Your paper should do the following:
1) Discuss Dalton’s definitions of what a “good” citizen is. How does he define the engaged citizen and the duty-based citizen? What are the distinctions between the two types of citizens? You MUST be quoting or paraphrasing material directly from Dalton’s book at this point in the paper. In either case, the material MUST be cited properly. If you discuss his ideas, they are not your ideas, and you must credit the author.
2) Using Dalton’s two definitions of a good citizen as a starting point, how would you define a “good” citizen? What is the difference between being simply a citizen and being a good citizen? What are the characteristics that you feel a good citizen must have? Do you consider yourself to be a good citizen? Why or why not? What could you do to be a better citizen? Is being a citizen is something we are simply “born” into, or do we have to “grow” into being good citizens?
3) What can you conclude about citizenship and being a good citizen?
FOR THE MOST PART YOU ARE WRITING AN OPINION BASED PAPER BUT THE FIRST PART OF YOUR PAPER REQUIRES THAT YOU READ DALTON’S BOOK AND CITE HIM WHEN APPROPRIATE WHEN DISCUSSING HIS IDEAS. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO USE ANY OTHER SOURCES FOR THIS PAPER BUT IF YOU DO, THEY MUST ALSO BE CITED PROPERLY.