Taken from Dr. Randy Bomer’s course “Education and Democracy.”
Though you may decide to separate your presentation from your issue paper, the best thing is probably to do them both on the same topic. You can use the conversation you sponsor in class to help you think about your paper – the kinds of questions people have about your topic and their assessments of how it meets our standards of democracy. Take notes on what they say, because you can certainly refer to people’s comments in your paper.
Begin by choosing a topic from the list below and finding out how various scholars and experts think about it. Try to figure out who are the respected people who write about that topic. See if they have websites. See if there are books about it in the library. See what you can find on Google and use those websites to lead you to find journal articles and books. Take care with how you use and credit websites, remembering that anyone can put up a website without necessarily having credible evidence for their perspective.
You will have fifteen minutes to involve the class in a discussion of your issue. Plan to present what you have found out for about six minutes, then give the class an artifact to look at and consider, and then lead the discussion of that artifact. Your artifact may be