Read the following essay and answer the question, “Why do our civil liberties matter?”
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It is easy to forget that unlike your parents, and perhaps much like the students from Venus who have never seen the sun in Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day essay prompt, you have never known a world without restrictions on civil liberties in the name of protection from the war on terror. The Patriot Act, whistleblowers, and NSA spying are accepted facts of life: they are the new ‘normal’ and the only paradigm you have known in your lifetime. However, generations of Americans prior to 2001, dating all the way back to the founding fathers experienced a different paradigm in part due to one patriot who preferred the consequence of death to the absence of liberty when he famously stated, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
In honor of Patrick Henry, it is worth reflecting on the subject of civil liberties and our freedom. Why do our civil liberties matter?
“Why do our civil liberties matter?”
Your essay should be well-organized and include support from the story for your main ideas.
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- Quality and impact of thesis statement and opening paragraph. This may be the most important paragraph. Does it provide a roadmap for the essay?
- Supporting paragraphs. Do these follow the outline of the 1st paragraph? Do they use explicit examples and not deviate unnecessarily from topic?
- Prose. Are the sentences direct and effective with proper grammar and correct spelling?
- Conclusion. Perhaps the least important paragraph. Does it wrap it all up?