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Currently the United States does not have an official language. Citizen’s actions groups—US English and ProEnglish have been lobbying to have English declared as the official language of the United States since the time of John Adams.

Using the introduction and topic sentences writing skills, respond to the following:

  • Should the United States declare English as the country’s official language? Support your position by citing at least two different sources.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to having an official language?
  • What could be a potential impact of having English as the official language on the non-English-speaking citizens?

Write your initial response in about 100–150 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By Saturday, June 14, 2014, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, June 18, 2014, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Grading Criteria and Rubric

Assignment 1 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsUsing the introduction and topic sentences writing skills, explained if the United States should declare English as the country’s official language. Provided two sources to justify the answer.20Described the advantages and disadvantages to having an official language.8Identified the potential impact of having English as the official language on the non-English-speaking citizens.8Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.4Total:                                                                                                           40