Assignments #1 and #2 are “reflection essays,” hence they should focus on your considered and informed opinions. There are no right or wrong answers but there are unsupported arguments and poor communications. These are the skills you’ll be working on for this assignment. 

  • Assignment #1 and #2 will be submitted electronically through Blackboard and HIST-1302. Assignment #3 will be submitted through Composition and serve as a portion of the integrated assignment for Tetrad N. See me or one of the other instructors if you have questions. As always, check the syllabus for due dates, grade weights, and other specifics. 
  • Once posted on Blackboard, the assignment will allow you to update and modify your work as often as you like. The software will scan the work for plagiarism and grammar, so be sure to use these features and understand what is being asked of you (see the first paragraph, above, or me during office hours). Once we reach the due date the assignment goes final (in whatever state you’ve left it) and I will start to grade. The system will not allow you to modify your work once the due date has passed.  
  • You are required to cite a minimum of three sources. These should include:
    • The actual Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is a primary source.
    • A relevant court case that involves the Amendment being discussed, which is also a primary source. 
    • An article or other publication that discusses the court case. These can be online essays (be sure to cite the material correctly as an online source) or hard copies of books or journal articles and are secondary sources.
    • Feel free to use additional sources as needed. Three are required but you may find that you’ll be better able to develop your argument with more than just the minimum. There is no extra credit for additional sources, and your essays will be graded for their clarity and logic in explaining your argument.  

  Assignment #1: 14th Amendment

  1. Using the appropriate citation format, cite all your sources (a minimum of three) while indicating whether these are primary or secondary sources. 
  2. In your own words describe the significance of the first and fifth clauses of the 14th Amendment (answering this question requires some time and consideration). 
  3. When was the Amendment passed and how does it reflect the times in which it was passed? In other words, why was this legislation deemed necessary at that time? 
  4. Search the internet (try a Google search using “landmark 14th Amendment cases”) to find one recent court case that has used the 14th Amendment in its defense. How did it do so?
  5. In your own words, reflect on and describe the rights provided in this Amendment. Why did people feel it necessary to explicitly guarantee this right to American citizens? Who might oppose this Amendment, then and today, or argue that its interpretation has gone beyond the “original intent” (if unclear on this last concept, google “U.S. Constitition original intent”)?

  Assignment #2: The Bill of Rights

  1. Choose one Amendment from the following list. For BOTH of the Amendments you choose, answer questions #2-5
    • Either 1st OR 2nd Amendment
    • Either 4th OR 5th Amendment
  2. Using the appropriate citation format, cite all your sources (a minimum of three for each Amendment) while indicating whether these are primary or secondary sources. 
  3. In your own words describe the significance of the Bill of Rights (answering this question requires some time and consideration)? 
  4. When was the Amendment passed and how does it reflect the times in which it was passed? In other words, why what this legislation deemed necessary at that time? 
  5. Search the internet (try a Google search using “landmark [#] Amendment cases”) to find one recent court case that has used the Amendment in its defense. How did it do so?
  6. In your own words, reflect on and describe the rights provided in this Amendment. Why did people feel it necessary to explicitly guarantee this right to American citizens? Who might oppose this Amendment, then and today, or argue that its interpretation has gone beyond the “original intent” (if unclear on this last concept, google “U.S. Constitition original intent”)?

Assignment #3: Integrated Assignment

Part I: Proposal - Due 10/25 - 1 pg.

  1. Signify an Amendment that you wish to add to the Constitution that you feel could address a significant concern facing modern Americans.
  2. Outline research (evidence) that backs-up your claim in which you plan to use in your essay. Make sure this evidence is relevant to your claim and are academic in nature.
  3. Briefly describe who you foresee as being an opponent of this Amendment and those who will support it.

Part II: Written Work - Due TBA

  1. You must use 4-5 sources. Must be 3-5 pages, double spaced, with Works Cited attached in MLA format.
  2. In your own words, describe a potential new Amendment to the Constitution that you feel could address a significance concern facing modern Americans. Be sure to explain why the reform is significant. (At least 2-3 sources)
  3. Describe the rights provided in this Amendment. Why do you feel it necessary to explicitly guarantee this right to American citizens?
  4. How does this Amendment work with existing Amendments to the Constitution? What impact do you foresee the Amendment having on the Constitution that is already there or does it add something that is omitted? (2 sources on existing Amendments)
  5. Who, in your opinion, would support and oppose the Amendment and why?

Part III: FYS Mock Presentation 11/27 and Showing 12/1

  1. Create a visual representation of your proposed Amendment.
  2. Sign-up/Show-up at the designated time you are to present.
  3. Kill it at FYS!!

FYS Presentation Rubric