Signature AssignmentA signature assignment is required  for all courses used to determine whether students

Signature Assignment
A signature assignment is required  for all courses used to determine whether students have mastered the learning outcomes and core objectives of a course.    The “Signature Assignment Worksheet” is also located in this module. The signature assignment is a mock letter to an elected Texas public official serving in the Texas Legislature or a part of the Texas plural executive.  The mock letter will be about an issue of your choosing.  The more specific the issue, the easier it is to complete the Signature Assignment.  The mock letter you create for this course should show that you have learned all the learning outcomes and core objectives for this course, Texas Government.   Using a previously submitted work is plagiarism, even if you created the work.  
The Signature Assignment Worksheet is to help you brainstorm, organize your mock letter and create your first draft of your Signature Assignment.  The final draft of your Signature Assignment (mock letter) is due August 05.  You will complete the Signature Assignment worksheet along with your first draft of the signature assignment (mock letter) due by July 14.  The Signature Assignment Worksheet breaks down the learning outcomes and core objectives into separate questions.  The Signature Assignment worksheet then has been broken down into four (4) untimed quizzes throughout the course (due by July 14-Quiz 1, July 16-Quiz 2, July 22-Quiz 3, July 29-Quiz 4).  As you work through the quizzes and more clearly learn and understand the learning outcomes for the course, you will need to revise your mock letter and submit it with the quiz once you have completed the quiz.
The Signature Assignment Rubric Quiz (due August 04)  is a self assessment to ensure you address all the elements of the signature assignment before final submission (August 05).  The Signature Assignment Rubric Quiz is graded for completion (points for each item and justification of those points) not accuracy since this is a self assessment.  Again, points on this quiz will be based on whether your self assessment score is realistic and the justification is provided.  This is not the grade you will receive for your signature assignment. 
The Signature Assignment Final Submission (due August 05) is the final step.  The grade for the final submission will be based on the rubric.  You must completed the Signature Assignment Rubric Quiz before you can move on to the final submission. 
It is a good idea to review the signature assignment information and worksheet at the beginning of the semester so you can start to develop your signature assignment as you go through the course and not leave it until the deadlines.
 
Assignment:
This assignment requires that you write a letter to either an elected Texas state senator or Texas state representative serving in the Texas Legislature-not the U.S. Congressional representatives from Texas serving in Washington D.C.; a member of the Texas plural executive; or a local elected official leader (county or local level).  The letter should discuss and analyze your concern about an issue, policy or the political culture in the State of Texas; a county in Texas; or a local community in Texas.  Make sure you first identify who holds the elected position so you may focus the letter to that elected official.    A general letter stating an issue, your position and a recommendation will not receive points.  The letter is to demonstrate your competency in  the learning outcomes and core objectives for this Texas Government course.  You need to be specific in addressing each of the 12 items (8 learning outcomes and 4 core objectives) identified in the rubric.
The Letter of Concern should demonstrate your knowledge of Texas Government.  Make sure you  weave in all of the eight learning objectives and all of the four core objectives into the letter.  This is the basis of your grade (rubric).  The letter should show your ability to effectively communicate by developing and writing an executive summary that identifies, integrates, critically analyzes an issue and makes recommendations for a solution to an issue.  The grader using the rubric should be able to specifically  identify each learning outcome (8) and each core objective (4).
Letter Organization:
Start out by putting the date on the letter.
Then put the address of your selected Texas leader.
Start the letter with the proper salutation, for example: Dear Senator (Last Name) or Representative (Last name) or Honorable Judge, Mayor, etc. (name).
Make sure to clearly state the reason for your concern in your letter.
Make sure that you fulfill the criteria in the rubric (8 learning outcomes and 4 core objectives).
Make sure to point out your relationship to the recipient of the letter, for example, if you are their constituent.
At the end of the letter, place your name, signature and city.
Below is a more detailed potential outline for your letter and to address each item in the rubric.  Research the issue and find a solution to the problem and develop an ethical strategy(ies) that can be used to help implement your policy solution.  
Identify and analyze either an issue, policy or the political culture of Texas. (SLO 8; CT, SR, PR)
Demonstrate why this is a state or local issue and not a national issue (who has the power and why). Show you understand the relationship between state and federal governments.  (SLO 2; CS)
Explain how this is related to the origin and development of the Texas constitution.   (SLO 1; CS)
Evaluate how different people in our society may be affected by the specific issue, policy or the political culture of Texas.  What is the public’s (public opinion) , related interest groups and political parties’ opinion on the matter? (SLO 5; CT, SR)
Identify the branch of the government responsible for this and how other branches may be involved.  Show you understand the power of each branch (legislative, plural executive and judiciary) of Texas government and how they provide a check and balance other branches of Texas Government. (SLO 3 and SLO 4; CS)
Discuss your solution to the problem and develop an ethical strategy(ies) that can be used to help implement your solution. (CT, CS, SR, PR)
Analyze how this issue and actions you and the recipient of the letter may take may impact the election process.  Include discussing how the identified leader’s position might impact how the vote in the next election. (SLO 6: CT, SR)
Conclude the letter with why this is a right and responsibility to address this letter to your identified member of the Texas plural executive, member of the Texas legislature, county or local government elected leader. (SLO 7, PR)
The following are databases are also guides for organizational formatting of how to write an elected official.  It is not the required assignments.   Remember you must weave into your letter points that address the learning  outcomes and core objectives.
https://www.apa.org/advocacy/guide/letter-email (Links to an external site.)
https://www.soils.org/files/science-policy/activities/sample-email-nomorecuts.pdf (Links to an external site.)
Format:  
12-point
Times New Roman
Single spaced
Minimum 1000 words, maximum 1100 words
At the bottom of your letter you should include your name and city.
 PLAGIARISM: Anytime you copy something word for word or simply rephrasing or it is not your original work for this class (you or someone else created this work or has submitted this work for this or another class).  You must cite your source according to APA formatting.  If you use someone else’s words and ideas without citing them you are committing plagiarism.  You will receive a 0 for plagiarism.
Due Date:  August 05, 11:59pm
You will upload your letter to Canvas
Student Learning Outcomes you must include in your assignment and that are met with this activity:
Explain the origin