These are the strict formatrequirements for your reviews:
• Your name and GOVT 2305 (VERY important).
• The title, author and date of publication of the article and the date you accessed it.
• A section called “Article Summary.”
• A section called “Analysis of Constitutional Issues.”
• A section called “Analysis of Non-Government Linkage Institutions.”
• A section called “Analysis of Government Institutions.”
• A section called “Impact on the President’s Legacy” OR“Impact on the Elections.”
• The article must be uploaded in either .doc or .docx formats—not .pdf, .gdoc, .ddt, etc.
Following are the contentrequirements for your reviews:
• In the “Article Summary” section, give a synopsis of the article’s main points.
• In the section called “Analysis of Constitutional Issues,” identify and analyzethe constitutional issues the
article deals with. Explain what part of the constitution deals with the main points of the article (is it Article
II of the U.S. Constitution? Is it Article IV? Is it the First Amendment? The Eighth Amendment?). In doing
so, you must cite the text and/or lecture notesconcerning the constitutional issues mentioned in your
o Some hints:
▪ Constitutional issues are covered especially in Chapters 5 – 6.
▪ I will often suggest which constitutional issue is at play in the articles I’m assigning. This will cue you as
to which section of the text to read.
▪ If your article deals with, say, freedom of speech, then cite the text where it discusses freedom of speech
issues. This may include issues relating to libel, slander or obscenity.
▪ It will be a very good idea to cite a Supreme Court case that deals with your issue. The text covers lots of
these cases for each constitutional issue.
• In the “Analysis of Non-Government Linkage Institutions” section, identify and analyze the role of each
and every linkage institution that is mentioned in the article. A linkage institution is a non-government
entity that connects people to their government. Here are the linkage institutions you will need to look for
in your article: public opinion, interest groups, political parties, campaigns, voting, elections, and the
media. In discussing the role of the linkage institutions mentioned in the article, you must cite the text
and/or lectures notesin applying the course materials to your analysis of the linkages mentioned in your
o Some hints:
▪ Linkage institutions are covered in Chapters 7 – 12 of the text.
▪ In analyzing the role of linkage institutions, you can write something general about the main functions of
the linkages in your article. For instance, if political parties are mentioned, then you could cite the text’s
discussion about the role political parties play in American politics and government.
▪ You can also write something specific about the role of the party as it pertains to the specific issues
covered in the article you chose.
• In the “Analysis of Government Institutions” section, identify and analyze the role of every government
institution mentioned in the article. These could be agencies in the Executive Branch (the federal
bureaucracy), such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State or the Bureau of
Land Management, the President himself, Members of Congress (House and/or Senate) as well as
congressional committees, and elements of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court and any and all
lower federal courts). In discussing the role of government institutions mentioned in the article, you must
cite the required text and/or lecture notesto show that you have applied the course materials to your
analysis of the government institutions mentioned in your article.
o Some hints:
▪ Government institutions are covered in Chapters 13 – 16 of the text.
▪ Cite the text’s discussion about the general functions of the government institutions in your article. If the
Senate is mentioned in your article, look up the specific functions of the Senate, such as confirming
presidential appointments, or ratifying U.S. treaties.
▪ You can also write something specific about the role of your government institution(s) that is specific to
the issues covered in the article you chose.
• In the section called “Impact on the President’s Legacy,” OR “Impact on the Elections,” analyze how the
issues covered in your article will impact the president’s legacy in history. Will the outcome of the issue at
hand strengthen the president’s political hand or weaken it? Will the president benefit or lose? What
outcome do you foresee regarding the issue and how and why will it affect the president’s standing in
history? Again, you must cite the text and/or lectures notes. The citation can be general or specific.
o Alternatively, given the context of your article, this section could analyze the impact on the president or
other candidates in an upcoming election. Analyze the electoral chances of the president and his party
based on the article. Cite the text and/or notes.
Article reviews that do not conform to these requirements will not be accepted for grading.
Grading criteria for the article reviews include the following:
• Content: how well are all five of the content requirements (as listed above) fulfilled?
• Organization: how well are all format requirements fulfilled? Also, does the paper contain topic
sentences? Does the paper contain smooth transitions between and within paragraphs?
• Writing: how well written is the article review? Has it been spell and grammar checked? Is the verb-tense
deployed consistent? Is there proper grammar and sentence structure?
• Research/Reference: are there at least four explicit citations to the text and/or lecture notes? If you cite
outside references, do NOT cite Wikipedia but do include a properly formatted works cited page.