There are two writing assignments worth 100 points each.  The purpose of the essays is to provide students an opportunity to discuss a key concept or topic in Texas politics and to show a basic understanding of academic research and reporting skills.  Students should offer evidence for their arguments.  Thus, submissions that are more comprehensive and detailed will earn a higher point total. Each assignment should be a minimum of 750 words.  Submissions should include a works cited page (note: there must be a parenthetical citation at the end of each sentence that contains information from a source). The textbook should be one of the sources and included on the works cited page (sources other than the textbook may be used as well).

You should use New Courier or Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spacing, and one inch margins on all four sides of the paper.  The assignment is to be formatted according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style which includes a works cited page but does NOT include a title page. Students should research this style in order to properly format the assignment (see the ).

All writing assignments will be analyzed using SafeAssign.  Essays that contain plagiarized material will receive a significant reduction in points or a zero.   Students may receive a failing grade in the course for submitting plagiarized material.  Do not cut and paste information from an online source or copy information directly from the chapter without using quotations and citing the information.

  • What is a plural executive model? How does the single executive model differ from the plural executive model?  What are the arguments for and against a plural executive?  Do you believe that the plural executive is more democratic than the single executive model? Why or why not?  Do you believe the plural executive lead to more efficient and accountable government? Why or why not?  Under the plural executive system, how does the power of the governor in Texas compare to other states?  (Use specific examples)