Instructions for Lesson Writing Assignments
The Lesson Writing Assignments are worth 40 points each. Students are expected to answer all of the questions for the selected writing prompt. Submissions that are more comprehensive and detailed will earn a higher point total. This exercise is to show that you have read the material and that you have thought about the issues. Your submissions should be several substantial paragraphs (minimum 300 words).
You should use New Courier or Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spacing, and one inch margins on all four sides of the paper.
All writing assignments will be analyzed using SafeAssign. Essays that contain plagiarized material will receive a significant reduction in points or a zero. Students may receive a failing grade in the course for submitting plagiarized material. Do not cut and paste information from an online source or copy information directly from the textbook. You may need to include data from the chapter or a related article in your writing assignment and it is necessary to include citations for this information. The assignment is to be formatted according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style which includes a works cited page but does NOT include a title page. For assistance with MLA style visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
Lesson 1 Writing Assignment
For this assignment, choose ONE of the writing prompts and write a minimum 300 word essay. For more detailed instructions, review the Instructions for Lesson Writing Assignments.
1) Why did the Articles of Confederation fail? What reasons might explain why someone would prefer the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution? What were the biggest benefits of the Constitution over the Articles of Confederation?
2) Many participants at the U.S. Constitutional Convention had something at stake in the formation of the Constitution. Focus specifically on the Three-Fifths Compromise. Which groups had things at stake in this compromise, what did they have at stake, and how did each try to get what they wanted?