Bill of Rights Essay


As you know, the first ten amendments to the Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights. Even though the Bill of Rights was written over two hundred years ago, these amendments continue to have a direct impact on our daily lives. These ten amendments guarantee many of our rights as citizens of the United States, including the basic First Amendment rights of freedom of religion, speech, press, peaceable assembly, and petition for redress of grievances. Although all ten of the amendments in the Bill of Rights are important to citizens, you will write a multi-paragraph, thesis-controlled essay discussing the three *amendments which you consider to be the most important.

*For amendments which include a number of aspects (such as the First, Fifth, and Sixth), focus on
a single aspect of the amendment. You may choose to research one or more aspects the First, Fifth or Sixth if you would like. For instance, you could possibly write your research essay on just the First but addressing three different aspects.


Include in your introduction:
--An attention grabber/hook
--Describe the purpose of the Constitution (see notes)
--Define social contract (see notes)
--Explain the purpose of the inclusion of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution (see notes)
--A thesis statement which lists and explains the amendments which you will discuss

Include in each body paragraph:

A clear topic sentence stating the amendment/aspect which you will discuss in the paragraph.

An explanation of what the amendment means to the common citizen.
(What may citizens do or what are citizens protected from due to the amendment?)

An explanation of why this amendment is so important to citizens.
(What is the government prevented from doing to citizens and/or what must the
government protect citizens from due to the amendment?)

An explanation/summary of at least one court case per amendment or aspect of the amendment including the ruling (verdict) and an explanation of how the ruling was important in interpreting the amendment/aspect. Did the ruling help citizens understand any better or clarify the amendment/aspect for certain groups, etc. (The significance/impacts/further understanding of the amendment/aspect is your analysis.)









Requirements

Students may earn up to an A+ if they meet the following requirements:

use a minimum of six to eight sources; four of them must be primary; students must use a variety of different types of sources such as websites, books, pamphlets, journal articles/newspaper articles, documents, reference books (encyclopedias) court case transcripts and interviews.
demonstrate originality and thorough analysis throughout the project.
provide a MLA style annotated bibliography of all sources used.
write a multi-paragraph, thesis-driven paper, and in MLA format.
write at least three body paragraphs plus the introductory and concluding paragraphs.
choose at least three amendments/aspects.
use at least two different cases for two of your amendments/aspects. That means two of your three body paragraph will have two cases per paragraph, and one will have one case.

Students may earn up to a B+ if they meet the following requirements:

use a minimum of five sources ; three of them must be primary; students must use a variety of different types of sources such as websites , books, pamphlets, journal articles/newspaper articles, documents, reference books (encyclopedias) court case transcripts and interviews.
demonstrate originality and analysis throughout the project.
provide a MLA style annotated bibliography of all sources used.
write a multi-paragraph , thesis-driven paper , and in MLA format.
write three body paragraphs plus the introductory and concluding paragraphs.
choose three amendments/aspects.
use at least one court case per amendment/aspect.


Students may earn up to a C+ if they meet the following requirements:

use a minimum of three sources ; one of them must be primary; students must use a at least two diffe re nt types of sources such as websites, books, pamphlets, journal articles/newspaper articles, documents, reference books (encyclopedias) court case transcripts and interviews.
demonstrate the ability to supply a minimal level of analysis throughout the project.
provide a MLA style annotated bibliography of all sources used.
write a multi-paragraph , thesis-driven paper , and in MLA format.
write two body paragraphs plus the introductory and concluding paragraphs.
use one court case per amendment/aspect.

Here is the breakdown:

Requirement
A paper
B paper
C paper