Define the concepts of majority rule, minority rights, and the relationship between the two.

Write a short paper (maximum of three pages) on the basic democratic principle of "majority rule with respect for minority rights." Be sure to include the following components:

Define the concepts of majority rule, minority rights, and the relationship between the two.

Demonstrate how this concept is incorporated into the U.S. Constitution by citing two or more examples, explaining each in reference to the intent of constitutional authors. Please make sure you identify the location within the Constitution for all examples given.

Discuss two or more instances in which the concept of majority rule with respect for minority rights is a significant factor in American government or policy.

IOA4 102.6.6-13
Unacceptable Needs Revision Meets Standard Exemplary Score/ Level
Communication Holistic The work is difficult to follow and is confusing. The work needs clarification and other revision. The work is easy to follow and understand. The work is extremely clear and easy to understand.
Mechanics (Grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.) 5 or more minor errors and some major errors. 3-4 minor errors. 1-2 minor errors. No major errors.
Style (Word choice, sentence structure, etc.) Poor sentence structure, limited vocabulary, inappropriate word choice. Some sentence variation, adequate but limited vocabulary, poor word choice. Generally effective sentence structure, solid vocabulary, accurate word choice. Highly varied sentence structure, vivid vocabulary, accurate word choice.
A. Definition of Concepts Includes neither a definition nor an explanation of relationship. Defines only majority rule and/or minority rights with no relationship explained. Defines both majority rule and minority rights and explains their relationship. Defines both majority rule and minority rights, explains their relationship, and supplies examples.
B. Examples in the Constitution Does not include a reference to the Constitution. Demonstrates incorporation of concepts in the U.S. Constitution by citing only one example. Demonstrates incorporation of concepts in the U.S. Constitution by citing two specific examples and their location in the Constitution. Demonstrates incorporation of concepts in the U.S. Constitution by citing three or more specific examples and their location in the Constitution.
C. Examples in the Constitution Does not include an explanation of constitutional intent. Explanation of constitutional intent is vague and oversimplified. Explanation shows a rudimentary understanding of constitutional intent. Explanation shows an understanding of constitutional intent with clear references to historical trends and concepts.
D. Discussion of Concept and Significances Provides no discussion of concepts in American government or policy. Discussion of concepts includes only one example. Discussion of concepts includes two examples. Discussion of concepts includes three or more examples.
E. Discussion of Concept and Significance Discussion of concept shows no understanding of significance to American government or policy. Discussion of concept is vague and oversimplified. Discussion of concept demonstrates a rudimentary understanding of significance to American goverment or policy. Discussion of concept demonstrates an understanding of significance with references to historical trends.
Overall Holistic Unacceptable Needs Revision Meets Standard Exemplary

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