2.3.8 Practice: Analysis Essay: Independence and Constitutions Practice Assignment
English III (2013) Sem 1 (S2605467)
Points possible: 50
Write a literary analysis essay of the U.S. Constitution.
Focus on how the Constitution provides liberty for American citizens. Use quotations from the Constitution to support your points. If you choose, you can compare or contrast the U.S. Constitution with the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace (the Iroquois Constitution). Your essay should use a basic three-paragraph structure (introductory paragraph with a hook and a thesis, a supporting paragraph, and a concluding paragraph) and should be written in 12-point font with one-inch page margins. For extra help on completing your assignment, click your practice guide.
Tips for Success
When you analyze something, you're trying to figure out how its different parts work together. In this assignment, you want to figure out how the parts of the Constitution work together to create liberty for American citizens. You may want to consider the following: What major parts of the Constitution are there? How do they function? What liberties does this document provide?
For whom did this document actually provide liberty? Was anyone left out? How was this document similar to or different from the Iroquois Constitution? Remember, as you craft your essay, it should be built on a strong thesis statement, one that is debatable, not just a fact. And don’t forget to support your position with strong evidence from the Constitution itself! Without evidence, an analysis essay is nothing. Self-Assessment Checklist
Read each question and evaluate your short response. If the answer to the question is yes, check the box to the left. If the answer is no, go back and revise your work. Your teacher will use these same guiding questions to score your short response. Quality of Ideas
Did I demonstrate an understanding of the assignment by:
Focusing on how the Constitution provides liberty for American citizens?
Following the basic structure of an analysis essay (introduction with hook and thesis, body with quotations to support my points, conclusion)? Did I demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively by:
Using my language or ideas in a creative way?
Going beyond basic information to make connections between ideas? Did I demonstrate the ability to write a thesis statement by:
Making a claim that requires support?
Did I demonstrate the ability to support my ideas by:
Referring directly or indirectly to the reading or readings?
Addressing all parts of the writing topic?
Connecting each supporting sentence to the claim in the thesis statement? Did I demonstrate the ability to conclude by:
Summarizing the ideas and/or restating the thesis statement? Did I demonstrate the ability to organize my writing by:
Ordering ideas logically?
Form and Presentation
Did I follow presentation requirements (12-point font, standard margins, length requirements)?
Did I properly cite all quotations?
Did I use a variety of sentence types (simple, compound, and complex)?
Did I avoid run-on sentences and fragments?
Did I check for spelling and grammar errors?
Did I use an appropriate tone?
In creating the Constitution, the states had several different reactions, including a rather defensive reaction, but also an understanding reaction. As a document that provided the laws of the land and the rights of its people. It directs its attention to the many problems in this country; it offered quite a challenge because the document lent itself to several views and interpretations, depending upon the individual reading it. It is clear that the founders’ perspectives as white, wealthy or elite class, American citizens would play a role in the creation and implementation of The Constitution.
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