Capital Punishment

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ESSAY PLANNER – Worked Example

Timeline for writing essay

|Analyse stage complete – 1hr |Wk 4 - Analyse question before wk4 lecture/tut. so can ask lecturer any necessary | | |questions. | |Research stage complete – 6 hrs |Wk 5 – Start early before all library resources are gone. Do before wk 5 | | |lecture/tut. so can ask questions. | |Structuring stage complete – 11/2 hrs |Wk 5 – Structure before tut. so can check with tutor | |Writing stage – draft 1 complete – 6 hrs |Wk 6 – Aim to finish writing early in week, so have time to do more research if | | |necessary. | |Edit 1 complete – 2 hrs |Wk 7 – 1 week to complete all editing processes | |Edit 2 complete – 2 hrs |Wk 7 – Get student/peer to review | |Edit 3 complete – 1 hr |Wk 7 – Have 2 days to reflect and consider argument and writing. | |Edit 4 complete – 1 hr |Wk 8 – Complete by Tuesday. Have 1-2 days for last minute changes and avoid anxiety| | |and stress of struggling to meet deadline. | |Essay due date – Thurs, Wk 8 |Wk 8 |

Preparation

Question Analysis

Essay topic:
The issue of capital punishment is frequently debated in the media. Do you support or not support the reintroduction of capital punishment in Australia? (1,000 word limit)

Key words:

Capital Punishment; Media Debate

Limiting words:
Australia; Reintroduction = present, not past or future.

Instructional words (refer to glossary of essay question terms to discover exact meanings): Argue ‘for’ or ‘against’ (support or not support capital punishment)

Brainstorm what you already know and relevant areas to research. Why would/should people be interested in this topic? Why is this topic important?

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Identify appropriate research sources [eg. Encyclopaedias (E); Texts (T); Review Articles (RA); Handbooks (H); Journals (J)] for each identified research area. Do this by putting an E or T or RA or H or J next to each research area that you have identified

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Research

Identify research terms for searching articles in databases and internet for each identified research area. Again you can put these next to the area where you have brainstormed. You might like to use a different colour so they stand out when you are doing the searching.

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Note-taking

Essay topic: The issue of capital punishment is frequently debated in the media. Do you support or not support the reintroduction of capital punishment in Australia?

Essay subtopic: Wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.

Source: Costanzo, M. & White, L.T. (1994). An overview of the death penalty and capital trials: History, current status, legal procedures and cost. Journal of Social Issues, 50(2), 1-18.

Main point: The criminal justice system is not infallible. Innocent people have been convicted and executed. Sub points:
• Radelet, Bedau, and Putnam (1992) - study of wrongful convictions, identified 416 wrongful convictions in US since 1900. • More than 24 cases - condemned person was within days or minutes of being executed. • In 23 cases the...
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