2014-2015: Contemporary Landmark Cases in United States History
Common Core State Standards:
Reading: Informational Text(s)
RI.11-12.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
RI.11-12.3: Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
RI.11-12.8: Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g. in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy.
W.11-12.8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess strength and limitations of each source in terms of task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
W.11-12.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks and purposes.
This year’s EJRP is a Common Core aligned research-driven exploration into the rationale behind a Supreme Court decision and its impact on the 21st century. The assignment requires the reading, synthesizing, and evaluating of a variety of materials to answer a specific prompt as outlined below.
Prompt: To what extent was the outcome of this case valid, and what have been the lasting implications from this ruling? Your tasks: To inform the reader regarding the facts of this case as it applies to the prompt.
Toevaluate the court’s verdict as evidenced by your reading and analysis.
To analyze the lasting positive or negative ramifications of this decision in US society today.
The requirements: 6-8 page paper, double-spaced Times 10-12 font. Completed in three drafts.