Begin by going to the ACLU website.
- What is the mission of this organization?
- Click on ‘Issues’. You will see several campaigns listed. Choose one and read the background material, including some of the additional resources (Current Issues and The Latest news/press releases.) Why is the ACLU so concerned about this issue? Summarize two current issues or press releases. What is your reaction?
- Click on ‘Know Your Rights” and choose an area that interests you. What are the most important things that citizens should know regarding that right? Did anything you learned about this topic surprise you?
- Click on ‘Defending Our Rights’. Read and summarize 2 cases that the ACLU is involved in. Do you agree with the ACLU’s position on those cases? Why or why not?
Next, go to the Institute for Justice.
- What is the mission of this organization? What kinds of issues are they most concerned about?
- Under ‘Cases’ in the top menu bar choose ‘First Amendment’ and one other category. Summarize and react to at least one case from each category.
- After reviewing this material, how would you assess the efforts of these two organizations?
DISCUSS different policing eras in the U.S., recording changes that occurred during each era including but not limited to: Early American Policing, Posse Comitatus Act, adoption of the bureaucratic model, police accreditation, up to and including the Community Policing Era.
Focused Freewriting Assignment
Definition: “Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, [or] grammar…”
Directions: This is a focused free write assignment. This is just a PRACTICE assignment. You will write a timed essay.
1. Before you start writing, format your essay in MLA style.
2. Next, choose a topic below
• What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Explain.
• What are the qualities of a good parent? Explain.
• Who is your modern day hero or heroine? Explain.
3. Take about 5 minutes to brainstorm your topic.
4. Then, take about 10 minutes to write the essay.
• Time yourself.
• Make sure that your essay has an introduction with a thesis, topic sentences, transition words, body paragraphs with examples, and a conclusion.
• It is fine if you don’t finish writing the essay or if you don’t have all of the components. Don’t worry about grammar mistakes.
• This exercise is just meant to help you think quickly about formulating your ideas and to practice the components of a college essay.