Now that you have already selected one of the court cases in the Topic Selection forum, you have to conduct more research to develop an introductory paragraph with a clear thesis.
For this assignment, you are to submit a 6-10 sentence introductory paragraph that provides a brief overview of your chosen case. You also need to develop a strong thesis which addresses whether you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision and why. If you do not focus on one of the Supreme Court cases listed in the Topic Selection, you will receive a ‘0.’
You should start your intro paragraph with a good opening sentence to hook the reader (1 sentence). Then provide a brief overview of your chosen case (3-4 sentences). Finally, the last few sentences should set up your thesis. A sample of a thesis for a different amendment would be: “I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision in (title of your chosen court case) because I believe that sentencing people with a low intelligence (IQ) to death is in violation of the 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment provision …” Then, briefly explain the justification of your thesis (3-5 sentences).
You need to stick within the lower and upper limits suggested above: 6-10 sentences. Going over or under will result in a point deduction (refer to rubric).
To see how you will be graded, view this assignment’s rubric.
What to do if you don’t have Microsoft Word: Your research papers must be uploaded as a Word or PDF document. If you are using Google Docs, read “How to Save Google Docs as a PDF (Links to an external site.).” If you are using Pages, read “How to Save Documents Created in Pages as a PDF. (Links to an external site.)” You can also use Office 365 for free through your MyCOD account. To do this, visit “Student Resources (Links to an external site.)” and read the section on Office 365.
To help you with your research, visit the Reference Desk at the Library (Links to an external site.). You can also go to the Library Databases (Links to an external site.)to conduct research on your own. Remember, Wikipedia is not a scholarly source (Links to an external site.). If you cite Wikipedia in any work in this course, you will lose points.
If you need help with writing and/or want someone to proofread your work for clarity, visit TASC (Links to an external site.). Both the Library and TASC are available to all students so take advantage of them!