OBJECTIVE: This assignment has two key purposes: 1) to develop the student’s ability to analyze and interpret information and arguments; 2) to assess the student’s ability to interpret visual information. Translation: you are demonstrating your capacity to think critically, while also showing the ability to interpret graphs and charts.
*Remember: you are largely being graded on the quality of your analysis and use of sources. This means that you will want to put things IN YOUR OWN WORDS and cite sources where appropriate. If you put in effort and avoid plagiarism you should be in decent shape.
BACKGROUND: Every year a key political issue in every state is the budget. If you are wondering what a “government budget” is, here’s a definition:
A government budget is….