Emmett Till and the Constitution: Essay Rubric

Emmett Till Reflection
Foundations : Constitution as a Living Document

DUE TUESDAY APRIL 11TH

            The murder of 14 year old Emmett Till in 1955, sparked the Civil Rights movement in the Unites States. The brutality of his murder, the injustice of the acquittal of his murderers and the system of terror that upheld the racial segregation system of the South, all were on display in Emmett’s open casket. In our investigation of role of the US Constitution as a living document and its influence shaping US History, we also considered the current controversy surrounding the Modern Art exhibit at the Whitney Biennial in New York City. The exhibit included a painting called, Open Casket, by a white, female artist Dana Schutz. The painting was a stylized portrayal of Emmett Till in his casket.  For your essay, please write a five paragraph reflection on the constitutional issues raised by both the murder and trial of Emmet Till and/or the controversy surrounding the exhibit of Dana Schultz’s painting. MLA work cited required ONLY if quotes are used from NYT Articles.

Proficient with Distinction
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Substantially Below Proficient
Thesis Development
(Course Specific)
Developed a thoughtful, relevant and analytical thesis connecting the US Constitution to the history and controversy of Emmett Till. Thesis was included in the appropriate place in the paper.

Developed a relevant thesis and included it in the appropriate place in the paper.

Thesis statement lacks relevancy and needs to be developed further.

A thesis statement is not included in the paper.

Issue Development
(Course Specific)
Evaluation and analysis of the constitutional connections to the history and controversy surrounding Emmett Till and his legacy is comprehensive, compelling and upheld by persuasive evidence.
Evaluation of the issue is proficient and persuasive evidence is utilized. Opposing viewpoints are acknowledged.
Evaluation of the issue is completed at a basic level and is lacking sufficient persuasive evidence. Opposing viewpoints are not addressed.
Evaluation of the issue is incomplete and/or lacking persuasive evidence.
Opposing viewpoints are not addressed.
Organization
(School-wide)
Writer demonstrates logical, subtle sequencing of ideas through well developed paragraphs; a gripping introduction and a strong conclusion.
Writer demonstrates careful and fluent sequencing of ideas through well developed paragraphs; focused introduction and effective conclusion.
Writer demonstrates rudimentary organization of ideas with paragraphs that lapse in coherence; introduction and conclusion are evident.
Writer demonstrates limited and/or illogical organization of ideas with disconnected paragraphs; incoherent and underdeveloped introduction and conclusion.
Mechanics
Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes  4 + errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.


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