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This site will help you do the project Napoli. Hope you have fun researching and debating the issues!


Writing your Speech

To write your speech use the form I provided.

Lost the form for your speech? Download this file

Need the back side of the speech form to list your sources? Download this file

Don't forget to write down:

1. Identify the kind / type of source, e.g. newspaper, magazine, book, or internet site.
2. Give a brief description about qualifications of author or organization.
Make sure the author is qualified.
3. Cite the source: Is it an internet site, magazine, newspaper, book?
Be sure to name the source, date the source, state the place (if possible)


Research your Topic

Check out these sites for information:

http://dmoz.org/Society/Issues/

BigChalk.com

Yahoo.com

YouDebate.com

Schoolwork.com

Try out this search engine to find information: http://www.google.com

Begin below for a starting point to find information...

 

TOPICS FOR 2003 DEBATES

Pro = for
Con = against

1. To cancel law permitting Abortion

Pro banning (cancel) Abortion:

http://www.lifecorner.org/facts.html
http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/abortionresponses.html
http://abortionismurder.org/murdervsadoption.shtml
http://www.religioustolerance.org/abortion.htm

Con banning Abortion:
http://www.abortionisprolife.com/faq.htm
http://www.perkel.com/politics/issues/abortion.htm

http://elroy.net/ehr/abortionanswers.html
http://www.geocities.com/abortionfacts_spreadingthetruth/home.html

http://elroy.net/ehr/abortionanswers.html

2. For death penalty

Introduction:http://www.dcba.org/brief/junissue/2000/art010600.htm

For
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1105/p02s02-usju.html
http://www.lexingtonprosecutor.com/death_penalty_debate.htm

Against
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/01/27/national/main538060.shtml
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/deathpenalty1_000306.html
http://www.denver-rmn.com/news/0625deat3.shtml


3. To allow Euthanasia

Looking at both sides: http://www.religioustolerance.org/euthanas.htm

For euthanasia
stories: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/full_coverage/us/assisted_suicide
http://perso.club-internet.fr/admd/introa.htm

http://assistedsuicide.org
http://www.togopeacefully.com
http://www.euthanasia.com/debate.html
http://www.euthanasia.com/poll2000.html

Against Euthanasia
(story): http://www.prolifeinfo.org/euth009.html

http://www.euthanasia.com/debate.html
Statistics: http://www.euthanasia.com/poll2000.html

http://www.internationaltaskforce.org/faq.htm
http://www.prolifeinfo.org/euth018.html
http://www.euthanasia.com/survey.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1997/08/19/us/us.1.html

4. To Spend $ on Cloning Research

Cloning in general:
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/cloning.shtml
http://www.euthanasia.com/clonepage4.html
http://www.globalchange.com/clone_index.htm

Against & for cloning
http://www.globalchange.com/noclones.htm
http://www.howstuffworks.com/human-cloning.htm

5. Right of Parents to Know (School Privacy law)

The controversy
http://www.sacbee.com/content/community_news/roseville/story/7672306p-8612350c.html
http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=19233

http://www.healthinschools.org/focus/2003/no1.htm

6. Animal Rights: No use of wild animals for entertainment

Against animal rights' claim: For using wild animals for entertainment
http://www.emagazine.com/november-december_2003/1103curr_ringling.html
http://ringling.com/animals/coolFact/coolFact.aspx
http://ringling.com/animals/care/law.aspx

For animal rights at circuses:
http://www.circuses.com/tools.html
animal rights poem: http://www.all-creatures.org/poetry/ar-circus.html

http://www.idausa.org/facts/circusfacts.html

7. Ban Junk Food in Schools

Against banning junk food:
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/local_7746615.shtml
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/2116473.stm

For banning junk food:
http://www.mindfully.org/Food/2003/Junk-Food-SanFrancisco14jan02.htm
http://www.news-journal.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/

8. For Gay Rights: Adoption

The issue:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0306/p02s01-usju.html?related
http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/gay_adoption.HTM
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/5293202.htm

For Gay Rights:
http://archive.aclu.org/issues/gay/parent.html
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/02/28/State/Rosie_adds_star_power.shtml

Against Gay Rights: Adoption

http://www.christian.org.uk/pressreleases/2002/february_06_2002.htm
http://www.christian.org.uk/pressreleases/2002/may_7_2002.htm
http://homosexualissues.org/mycustompage0006.htm



To create more laws for Gun Control


Pro and Cons

http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/pros_cons/guncontrol/guncontrol.html
http://www.nationalissues.com/gun_control/
http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/guncontrol.HTM
http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/guncontrol_seizure.HTM


Against gun control:
http://www.guntruths.com/Myths/truth_about_myths.htm
http://www.guntruths.com/Resource/facts_you_can_use.htm

http://www.letu.edu/people/annieolson/1023Webs/sp01/art-lam/Jhisory.html
http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/gun_safety.HTM
http://www.youdebate.com/DEBATES/gun_crime_deterrence.HTM
http://hematite.com/dragon/gunintro.html

 

To rely more on Nuclear Power:

Pro:
http://www.ee.rochester.edu:8080/programs/399Projects/TMIStudy/TMIPros.html
http://www.webdesk.com/advantages-nuclear-power-pros/
NEI.org: http://www.nei.org/
TimesDaily: http://www.timesdaily.com/news/stories/2190newsstories.html

Con:
EnergyNet: http://www.energy-net.org/00NUKE/aadec.htm
Suite.com: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/9960/67280

Pros and Cons:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indepth/energy/nuclear.html

 

To create stricter Driving laws for Teenagers

See present law of California
http://www.aaa-calif.com/members/corpinfo/teens.asp

Pros:

Drive Safe: http://drivehomesafe.com/teen_driving_fatality_information_start_page.htm

http://www.inscomp.net/teens.html
SacBee: http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/4856817p-5870047c.html

Graduated license lawsFlorida's law: http://www.cnn.com/US/9607/01/driving.law/
http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ddl/teendriv.html
http://www.ipromiseprogram.com/links/Officials%20hope%20to%20curb%20accidents%20-%20Herald%20-%20SC.htm
http://www.whatsdrivingyou.org/laws/graduated.html

Cons:

http://www.elliscountypress.com/archive%202002/jan%203.htm

 

To establish 3 Strikes laws for the nation

Pro 3 strikes law
http://www.silicon-valley.com/3strikes.html
http://www.prospect.org/print/V5/18/diiulio-j.html
http://www.ncpa.org/bg/bg148.html

Con 3 strikes laws
http://www.facts1.com/stories2/stories2.htm
http://www.amend3strikes.org/
http://rwor.org/a/v20/970-79/974/3strike.htm

 

Take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

History: http://history.vineyard.net//pledge.htm
The Debate: http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p2267.htm

Pros and Cons
CNN: http://europe.cnn.com/2002/LAW/06/26/pledge.allegiance/
Fox news: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,56310,00.html
Christianity.com: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/124/41.0.html

Pro

ThePeople: http://www.e-thepeople.com/a-national/comment/16478/1/view
Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/2002/jul/07212002/commenta/755055.htm

Con
American Partisan: http://www.american-partisan.com/cols/2002/poole/qtr2/0627.htm
Senator Bennett: http://bennett.senate.gov/bennett_calls_9th_circuit_deci.html

 

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NAPOLI

 

In this simulation you are a Representative, representing a congressional district, and your purpose is to discuss, debate, and either pass or defeat laws for the country. You will be assigned to (1.) a State which you represent, and (2.) one of two political parties: The American Traditionalist Party (ATP) or the American Modernist Party (AMP).

During your participation in Napoli you will have to keep in mind the interests of both your State and your party, since your chances of being re-elected hinge on doing a satisfactory job of representing both.

GRADING: You work towards the grade you want.

Assignments:

1. Dress (10 points)

Guys: collared shirt with tie and pants
Ladies: pants outfit, dress, or skirt (no t-shirt look)

2. Bill Proposal (20 points)

3. Participation (10 points)

4. Articles on bills (15 points) (no more than two articles)

5. Collage (5 points)

6. Speech (20 points) You must do a speech to get an "A"

7. Leadership roles

a. Speaker of the House (15 points)
b. Secretary (10 points)
c. Seargant-at-arms (10 points)
d. Minority Party Leader (10 points)
e. State leader (5 points)

 

Grade Scale: A: 90 -100 points
B: 80 - 89
C: 70 - 79
D: 60 - 69
F: 59 points and below

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ARTICLES ON A BILL

You may write up to two articles on any bill we are debating in class. Each article is worth 15 points.

Guidelines:

1. Look for articles in newspapers, magazines, books, brochures, or internet sites.

2. On a piece of binder paper write two paragraphs

3. Attach the article to your summary.

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