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Unit 4 Due:

Name:______________________________ Handout # Start of class


17AB Monday 3/6

Early US History Writing Assignment Guide (WAG)


Writing Portfolio Assignment #4:

1st draft

Writing Prompt How democratic was Andrew Jackson?


Argumentative
Type of writing
(Argumentative writing is designed to convince your audience of your position/argument on a
assignment:
topic/issue, providing them with a detailed analysis and explanation of claims and evidence that prove your
argument.)
To evaluate and argue how much Andrew Jackson promoted democracy during his presidency
Purpose:
(Using your background knowledge, you must inform the reader what you will be writing about with
specific details)

A scholarly adult that knows about the time period, but does not have all the details
Audience:
about specific events.
5-6 paragraphs (it can be longer if necessary)
[A paragraph can vary in the amount of sentences but should have a complete idea]

You must include an introduction (with thesis statement), body paragraphs, a


rebuttal/counterargument paragraph, and conclusion
REMINDERS:
Length o for each piece of evidence, you must analyze it by explaining HOW it shows
Andrew Jackson was democratic or not
o Criteria for being democratic:
branches of the government must follow and listen to the wishes of the
People
a democracy is meant to support social, political, and economic equality
for all (including equal OPPORTUNITY)
Style: Formal language (No Slang)

To complete this essay, I encourage you to use the following class materials:
Document Analysis two-column notes (Handout #15)
Resources Document packet (Handout #14)
Planning Sheet (Handout #16--the one with the buckets on the front)
NOTE: You only need these resources to meet the content requirements of this
essay. Thus, you DO NOT need to use the internet.
WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT
Your first draft should follow the structure below:

PARAGRAPH 1: INTRODUCTION
Hook
Background Information: Who was Andrew Jackson? What is he famous for?
Thesis: Andrew Jackson ___________ democratic because
Was or was not

PARAGRAPH 2: Claim #1
(Already in
your Topic Sentence/Claim (First reason WHY he was/was not democraticits in your
planning thesis!)
sheet)
Evidence from one of the documents

ANALYSIS of evidence Depending on your argument (i.e., whether or not he was


this comes democratic), you need to explain how the evidence shows he did or did not meet at least one of
from the
left-hand the criteria for being democratic:
side of your o Government actions reflect the voice wishes of the People
two- o promotes social, political, and economic equality for all (including equal
column OPPORTUNITY)
notes on
that
particular Transitional Statement:
document! o 1. Look at topic of next paragraph
o 2. Create a statement that connects topic of this paragraph to the next one

PARAGRAPH 3: Claim #2
Follow the same structure as Paragraph #2, but for Claim #2

PARAGRAPH 4: Claim #3
Follow the same structure as Paragraph #2, but for Claim #3

PARAGRAPH 5: CONCLUSION
o Restate your thesis
o Clincherwhy is it important to have democratic leaders?
o How democratic is our current government? Explain!
Group

Portfolio Sample #4
AB
FIRST DRAFT

Using your planning sheet and the WAG, respond to the following prompt:

How democratic was Andrew Jackson?


Ask your teacher for lined paper if you need more room