Citizenship and the Constitution

5 paragraph essay: explain how the modern concept of American citizenship and citizen’s rights and responsibilities, as reflected in the Constitution. Must use 3 of these 4 sources: Locke’s Two Treaties of Government, the English Bill of Rights, The Spirit of Laws by Montesquieu, The Social Contract by Rousseau.

Introduction: Hook -maybe a quote about democracy or citizenship? What do you view as some of the important rights found in the Constitution and why? What does it mean to be a good citizen? Possible thesis: Although there were several influential documents that contributed to the development of these rights in the <link is hidden> Constitution, the most significant were Document #1, Document #2, and Document 3# (listed above)

Influential Document #1: what is the historical significance of this document, who created it and why? What ideas are present that influenced the Constitution? Use 1-2 quotes from this document and the Constitution to show support.

Influential Document#2: Same as required for #1

Influential Document #3: Same as required for the first two.

Conclusion: restate the main idea of your essay, or thesis statement.

Summarize the 3 documents you chose and how they influence the Constitution.

Leave the reader with and interesting final impression.

Works cited: MLA format


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