March 16

posted Mar 16, 2012, 6:44 AM by Peter Knowles
Today, continue working on your second essay DUE AT THE END OF THE DAY TODAY in answer to the following question --

Where can you see the Six Basic Principles at work in the amendment process, the use of informal amendments, and the relationships between the states and national government? Provide specific examples from the text and from today’s United States events to support your ideas. 
(NOTE: The suggested outline below has many links to get you started in your research. Be sure to cite information that you use from any of the linked sites, sites you find on your own, and the textbook, whenever you use information from outside your own brain).

One way to organize your response:
Introduction - include broad remarks about what the six basic principles are (55-59). End with a thesis statement that names which of the 6 principles you'll address most heavily in your response. (NOTE: it is probably too ambitious to try to focus on all 6. Choose the 3 or 4 that matter most to your interpretations)
Body 1 - explain how formal amendments are passed and ratified (60-63). Explain clearly which of the six basic principles is/are most apparent in how formal amendments are created.
Body 2 - explain what informal amendments are (65-67). Explain clearly which of the six basic principles is/are addressed in the way informal amendments work.
Body 3 - discuss the nature of relationships between the states and the national government, and among the states (80-91). Explain clearly which of the six basic principles is/are addressed in the way these relationships work.
Conclusion - Restate or echo your thesis statement. Review or summarize your main points. Finish with a clear and coherent sentence that makes your piece resonate with your reader.

A different way to organize your response would be:
Introduction - include broad remarks about what the six basic principles are (55-59). End with a thesis statement that names which of the 6 principles you'll address most heavily in your response. (NOTE: it is probably too ambitious to try to focus on all 6. Choose the 3 or 4 that matter most to your interpretations)
Body 1 - explain one of the six basic principles in detail, then show how it applies to formal amendments, informal amendments, and/or relationships between the states and the national government, and among the states.
Body 2 - repeat Body 1 with a different basic principle
Body 3 - repeat Body 1 with a third basic principle
Body 4, 5, etc. - repeat as many times as you wish. (NOTE: Make sure that by the end you've discussed multiple examples of
formal amendments, informal amendments, and/or relationships between the states and the national government, and among the states.)
Conclusion - Restate or echo your thesis statement. Review or summarize your main points. Finish with a clear and coherent sentence that makes your piece resonate with your reader.

Also: Be sure to cite specific information (quotes, facts, examples) with citations, and include references for all cited material.
Cite your textbook with the author's name and page number in parentheses followed by a period: (McClenaghan 57).
Cite online resources with the author's last name only, or, if the author's name is not available, the first word of the page title, in quotation marks:
(Miller) or ("Sovereignty").
Include a full, accurate, alphabetized reference list showing ALL sources you used to complete your essay. You may copy/paste the following to get your reference list started.

McClenaghan, William A. Magruder's American Government. Needham, MA: Prentice Hall, 1999. Print
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