For your sixth essay (after the intro and three position papers) you are going to apply your writing skills to the web, specifically, your party’s web page. I got it started. Now it’s your turn.
Beginning in late April, you will use this page to make a short presentation about your party to the class.
To develop this page or pages, you should add:
A logo or image that conveys something important about your party
It will go on the top right of the party’s page. For example, The Party for the People might be concerned with the welfare of first responders. An image of one could be on the top right of the party’s page. You are welcome to use an image editing program to crop, resize, add text, or in any other way enhance the images.
A longer statement at the beginning
This might be the place to express the party’s mission and vision. Avoid repeating the list of positions.
Identify your party with the closest ideology (“-ism”).
Position your party in a quadrant of the political spectrum.
authoritarian conservative (upper right)
authoritarian progressive (upper left)
libertarian conservative (lower right)
libertarian progressive (lower left)
Values. What’s most important to your party? Rank order these values, listed here in alphabetical order.
Authority/subversion: How important is it that we obey legitimate authority and have respect for traditions?
Care/harm: How important are kindness, gentleness, and nurturance?
Fairness/cheating: How important is it that everyone be treated fairly and justly? Or should certain people get more and better than other people?
Loyalty/betrayal: How important is patriotism and self-sacrifice for the group?
Sanctity/degradation: How important is it for things (people, communities, thoughts, actions, etc.) to remain pure?
You may want to use sentences or whole paragraphs from your first essay.An image of the party’s leading candidate(s)
Use search term like “male politician” or “female politician”. Give the person an appropriate name. This face of your party, literally, should express the party’s values to the extent possible. Is it an old white male party? Is it a young female party? Is it buttoned down, coat-and-tie? High-necked? Casual? Jangly accessories? Tight, close-cropped hair or loose, flowing hair? Glasses? What’s in the background? A flag? A tree? A blur?
A longer list of party positions
You are featuring three in your position papers. However, to broaden your appeal, you should address a wide array of issues. You do not need to develop these positions. Simple state them. Remember to include an action verb, usually as the first word in the position statement.
Look at the pages of the other parties competing with yours for votes. State your position to align with theirs or to distinguish yours from theirs.
Add links to the text.
Add images, perhaps graphs or charts, illustrating your position.
Your three position papers
One option: make them separate web pages, one for each.
Another option: in addition to or instead of the above: make your word-processed essays downloadable as PDF’s. (In Word, save as a .pdf.)
Step 1 – Save them as a .pdf via Word’s Save as Adobe PDF on the File drop-down menu. Or convert the .doc files to .pdf files online. See “Doc to Pdf” search results.
Step 2 – Upload the .pdf as Media to WordPress.
Step 3 – Write some text on your party web (ex: Position paper favoring deportation of illegal immigrants) and make all or part of it hot, that is, linked to your position paper.
You should also include one or more videos somewhere on your pages.
On a separate page or on a section of several pages, like your three position papers, you should have a section titled “Learn more” or something similar. At the end of an essay, this would be the Works Cited page. On your party’s page, it’s a courtesy to help voters learn more about your positions.
For best effect, don’t format it like a Works Cited. Instead, follow each entry with a sentence or two about what you want the reader to get out of the cited work.
Any other text or images that you would like the voters to know about before they vote.