Pablo Neruda Academy
Argumentative Essay Project
Statement: President Obama’s decision to assassinate American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was illegal because it violated Awlaki’s rights as a citizen under the United States Constitution. Question: Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Task: Using the documents included in this packet, your knowledge of United States History, and any independent research you choose to conduct, write a five paragraph essay explaining why you agree or disagree with the statement. In your essay, you must:
1. Use at least five documents
2. Follow standard essay format including an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion 3. State your argument (thesis) in your introduction
4. Explain and support your argument in your first two body paragraphs, using at least 3 pieces of evidence 5. State an argument in favor of an opposing point of view, using at least one piece of evidence 6. Explain why the opposing argument is weaker than your own argument, using at least one piece of evidence 7. Write a conclusion that summarizes your argument and gives the reader something interesting to consider (for example, the negative consequences that will follow if your argument is not accepted by society) We will read and consider the documents in this packet over the next two weeks. Your essay will be due December 2, 2011. The essay may be typed of handwritten but if you write it by hand please make sure it is neat and readable.
Constitution: Selected Parts
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Legislative Power
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Impeachment Power
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. . . . When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Powers of Congress
To declare War, . . . and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; Executive Power
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, … and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment. The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Judicial Power
The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.
Bill of Rights: Selected Amendments
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment 2
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Amendment 4
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or...