Death Penalty in America, Legal Studies 485, Spring 2003
Due:††† Monday, May 19, 2003, by 5 PM in the Legal Studies office. Late papers will be marked down unless you get permission before May 19.
After you have set out your "thesis" in the introduction, then you want to "prove" it. This is the body of your essay. A common mistake students make is not to be specific enough. Be sure to give examples to support your arguments. Your mastery of the facts is where you have the opportunity to show how much you have learned about the death penalty.† Feel free to use the material from Bedauís Death Penalty in America, Prejeanís Dead Man Walking, the Course Packet and Course Website, and any of the other websites.† You must credit all sources; failure to do so is plagiarism.† I expect to see properly formatted footnotes or endnotes.† Anything you get from the web must be credited.
Each paragraph should discuss one idea.† Begin the paragraph with a topic sentence to let your reader know where you are going.† The paragraphs should flow nicely, from one to the next. In your conclusion, you want to return to your thesis and restate it.
1. Do you state your thesis clearly?
2. Do you support your position with well reasoned analysis?
3. Do you present evidence and give specific examples to support your argument?
4. Do you understand the complexities of the death penalty debate?
5. Do you demonstrate a good grasp of the assigned readings?
6. Do you show original thinking and analysis?
7. Is your essay well written and easy to follow?
8. Are footnotes/endnotes cited correctly?