Final Paper
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.


Topic:

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.

Write a good essay. DO NOT merely string your sources together. You need to comment, interpret, and argue a point. Poor writing will earn a poor grade.

 

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.

20 citations MINIMUM.

 

 

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.

See Sample

 

Introductory Video - Political Courage

 

                 Contest Entries - Due January 4 (Chicago 2) 
                      EXTRA CREDIT (up to 200 points)                
                
                Due Dates                     
                     Chicago 1 due Jan 5
                     Chicago 2 Jan 6, APA Jan 7, MLA Jan 8, CSE Jan 9

 
Point value = 1000 points (250 pts for content, 150 pts for each format)
 
 

Judging Criteria JFK Library
Peer Response Form
Common Core Standards

 
 
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 - Bethany Hamilton


Past Winning Essays
Topic Position Actual Profiles in Courage Award Winner
2016 Howard Baker Tennessee Senator  
2015 Tom Seders Mayor Greeley, Colorado  
2014 John Morse Colorado State Senator  
2013 Roy MacDonald New York State Senator  

2012

Russell Peterson Delaware Governor  
2011 John Orr Florida State Rep  
2010 Ken Hechler Congressman West Virginia  
2009 Nicholas D’Adamo Baltimore City Council  
2008 Pamela Alexander Judge  
2007 Shirley Chisholm Congresswoman New York  
2006 Senator Hatfield Oregon  
2005 Paul V. Gallegos DA Humbolt County  
2005 Ivan Allen, Jr Mayor of Atlanta  
2004 George Ryan Governor Illinois  
2004 Bernard Confer School Board New Jersey  
2003 Wayne L. Morse Senator Oregon  
2002 George M. Michaels State Assembly New York  
2001 Howard Dean Governor Vermont  
2000 Bernie Sanders Congressman Vermont  

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