Structured Practice
Providing evidence to suppprt your position



When you complete a writing assignment and are asked to provide evidence to support your position, you are using citation, a component of good writing; authors use citations to let the reader know that the ideas presented are not their own. Most citations have a formal structure in which the author is required to provide specific information from the source. However, the writing assignment you will complete will simply require you to identify where you learned the information.



Read the following Section from the Constitution:


Article One, Section Eight, United States Constitution

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested in this Constitution in the Government of the Untied States or any other Department or Officer therof.


Write one sentence that explains what you've learned from the above passage. Inside the parentheses write the word Constitution because that is where you learned the information.




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Explain one item that you have learned from Document 1 (Background information of Alexander Hamilton) and cite your source.




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Explain one item that you learned from the Document 2 (Background information on Thomas Jefferson) and cite your source.




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Hamilton and Jefferson Writing Assignment


Background: Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were powerful political leaders in the early days of the United States of America who disagreed about many things. They disagreed about what was best for America and what the government should do to make America better. Eventually, their disagreements led to the formation of two political parties or groups.


Prompt: Who had the better ideas, Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? Present three ideas and show how those ideas are superior to the ideas of the opposing person.


Task: Write one introduction and one body paragraph in which you:
1. Write a clear thesis statement that addresses the prompt above.
2. Provide at least three pieces of evidence from the documents to support your argument.
3. Include at least two different sources (Documents 1, 2, or 3, Alexander Hamilton reading, Thomas Jefferson reading, Who is the Speaker)
4. Correctly cite each piece of evidence used.
5. Present at least one solid reason why the ideas of the person you chose (Hamilton or Jefferson) are better than the ideas of the other person (Hamilton or Jefferson).


Suggested Vocabulary: (You must use at least seven of these words)
political parties
human nature
loose construction
strict construction
loose construction