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Unit 3 Open Response: How does the Constitution protect the United States against tyranny?
When we use the word “tyranny” (teer-a-nee) we usually mean a government with an absolute ruler like a king, or a
dictator. The writers of the Constitution were determined not to let such a person get control of the new American
government. However, there are other kinds of tyranny that caused concern, where one group might have too much power
over another.
Directions: To brainstorm this essay, begin by complete the “chicken foot” below. You will need three warrants (reasons)
to explain the US Constitution protects our country against any kind of tyranny. When you finish, go on to the next page:

Write your 1st warrant here

Write your 2nd warrant here

Restate the

question here

Write your 3rd warrant here

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How does the Constitution protect the United States against tyranny?
Paragraph

What to include in this paragraph

Brainstorm what you would write!

a)
b)

A hook to grab the readerʼs interest
Some background information on the
Constitution - what it is, why it was written,
etc.
c) The thesis to your paragraph goes last - the
thesis restates the question with your three
warrants!

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Body paragraph
#1

a) Write your first warrant to answer the essay
question
b) An example of your first warrant and how it
works
c) Why does your example explain your thesis!

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Body paragraph
#2

a)

Write your second warrant to answer the
essay question
b) An example of your first warrant and how it
works
c) Why does your example explain your thesis!

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Body paragraph
#3

a) Write your third warrant to answer the essay
question
b) An example of your first warrant and how it
works
c) Why does your example explain your thesis!

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Conclusion

a) Restate your thesis from the Introduction
b) Choose your best argument from your best
paragraph and restate the main idea
c)
End your essay with a connection to a
present issue!

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Introduction

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