|Ten Source Paper|
|Profiles in Courage
In 1957, Senator John F. Kennedy authored a book entitled Profiles in Courage. It won the Pulitzer Prize. For more information, please see the website at the John F. Kennedy Library. Your assignment is to write an original profile of courage.
The JFK Library is sponsoring a contest for high school students to write an original essay on a courageous elected official. Contest Requirements.
Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1917 (JFK Centennial Commenoration). Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.
If you are not interested in entering the contest you
may deviate from the posted requirements but be sure to meet the source
requirements of the paper as described below. EXTRA CREDIT will be given
to those who enter the contest. If you are entering the contest, the rules
state that I must read it before you submit it. Thus you must email me
your essay by December 15 so I have enough time to read it and you can revise it.
|Sources: You will need to have
ten sources at a minimum including
JFK's Profiles of Courage,
1 primary source,
4 printed articles from a newspaper, magazine or journal,
1 non-Internet source (personal interview, tv, radio, youtube, video)
3 other sources
ALL sources must be credible academic sources. For a description of what constitutes "credible," please use the CRAAP test.
Encyclopedias (including Wikipedia) and
dictionaries are not allowed as sources because they are considered by most
professors as non-academic. Neither should you cite non-academically
credible websites. ALL SOURCES MUST LIST
AUTHORS. (Reputable organizations such as The American Lung Society are
counted as being authors.) Dictionaries and quote pages/books are not
sources. Authorless web sites such as about.com; howto.com; encyclopedias
[both online and print], and others are not acceptable sources.
MLA, APA, Chicago
1, Chicago 2 and CSE styles will be used. This means you will write ONE paper,
but you will change the format 5 times.
Contest Entries - Due January 4 (Chicago 2)
Point value = 1000 points (250 pts for content, 150 pts for each format)
2017 Honorable Mention: Zoe Forest (Kennedy Letter)
2016 Round 2 essayists: Nicholas Paz, Zoe Forest, Allison Tatnall, Kalysa To
2015 Round 2 essayists: Katherine Chica Molly Nolan
2014 Round 2 essayist: Rebecca Pedersen
2013 Round 2 essayists: Anjali Chopra Georgia Riggs
2012 Round 2 essayist: Alisa Rose
2011 Round 2 essayists: Colin Elder Will Reimann Jack Li
Non-contest essay: Coutney Hayforth Aung San Suu Kyi
Past Winning Essays