Thursday, March 19, 2015

Politics and Government Essay - Due Friday, March 27

Politics and Government Response Essay: Rights of the Accused - Scottsboro,  An American Tragedy
Your essay should responds to all of the following in a clear and sophisticated manner:
  •  In Powell v. Alabama (1932), the Court ruled that the Scottsboro defendants were denied the right to counsel, which violated their right to due process under the Fourteenth Amendment. What is meant by the phrase "right to counsel"? According to the Court, how had the Scottsboro defendants been denied this right?
  • In Norris v. Alabama (1935), the Court ruled that the exclusion of blacks from jury rolls deprived black defendants of their rights to equal protection under the law. What evidence suggested blacks had been excluded from jury rolls? Why would this exclusion deprive black defendants of their rights to equal protection under the law?
  • Were the Scottsboro guilty verdicts inevitable, or could one of the variables have been changed to create a different outcome?
16 - Demonstrates a clear and sophisticated understanding of the historical time period and the cause and effect relationship between significant events; accurately discusses the Powell and Norris cases, carefully analyzing direct quotation from the opinions; discusses and analyzes direct evidence from Scottsboro an American Tragedy

4 - Writer creates a well-organized essay.  Arguments and analysis are sequenced logically to support the claim. Writer makes effective use of transitions to link all parts of the essay.

4 - Writer’s claim provides a precise, nuanced interpretation of the sources that is grounded in multiple perspectives, historical, political, and/or social scientific context.
   - The introduction engages the reader and persuasively lays foundation for a passionate argument.  It identifies topic of the essay and provides ample contextual information that builds the readers’ understanding of the claim.
   - The conclusion continues and strengthens the claim.  It highlights significance, expands insight and makes recommendations for future action.  

4 - Writer develops claim thoughtfully and persuasively using numerous relevant, convincing pieces of evidence from both secondary and primary sources (including direct quotation), and statistical/numerical data.
   - Writer cities specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
   - Writer includes statistical data as part of the evidence to bolster claims and/or devalue counterclaims
   - Writer provides insightful, thorough analysis of the evidence to support the claim, using the following critical reading strategies:
Explanation of what the text says directly as well as analysis of meanings that are implied, hidden, hinted at, or left ambiguous in the text.
Analysis of how the authors’ word choices impact the biases of the sources.  Writer considers and discusses bias of authors when analyzing evidence.
Evaluates the claims, premises, and evidence in both primary and secondary sources in order to challenge counter arguments and bolster initial claim.      
4 - Writer uses a range of precise and varied vocabulary to elaborate or clarify ideas. 
   - Demonstrates command of the conventions of capitalization, punctuation (extends to hyphenation), and spelling consistently throughout the text. 
 - Mechanical and grammatical errors are rare or nonexistent.

 - Writer follows accepted conventions for formatting text citations such as MLA standards, footnotes, and parenthetical notes. 

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