soc 205 week 9 case study 2

Case Study 2: I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

Due Week 9 and worth 200 points

Religion and Politics have traditional been highly debated topics in our society. Recently, the Pledge of Allegiance has added to this debate.

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American citizens have generally recited the Pledge of Allegiance at important ceremonies ranging from presidential inaugurations to the beginning of the school day. The pledge has a great deal of sentimental value to many Americans, but also creates a great deal of controversy for others.  

Review the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, which highlights the debate.

Write a five to eight (5-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Summarize the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.
  2. Discuss the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court. 
  3. Explain the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.
  4. Explain the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in general and on ethics in American society in particular. Provide a rationale for the response.
  5. Discuss whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.
  6. Discuss whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge. 
  7. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Examine the current ethical issues inherent throughout the criminal and civil justice systems.
  • Describe the dispensation of justice through the criminal and civil justice systems.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the criminal court and the judicial process in America.
  • Write clearly and concisely about the American court system using proper writing mechanics and APA style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

Points: 200

Case Study 2: I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

Criteria

 

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 

Fair

70-79% C

 

Proficient

80-89% B

 

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Summarize the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely summarized the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.

Insufficiently summarized the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.

Partially summarized the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.

Satisfactorily summarized the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.

Thoroughly summarized the salient points of the Supreme Court case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow.

2. Discuss the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court.

Insufficiently discussed the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court.

Partially discussed the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court.

Satisfactorily discussed the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court.

Thoroughly discussed the levels of the court through which the case evolved before it reached the Supreme Court.

3. Explain the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.

Insufficiently explained the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.

Partially explained the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.

Satisfactorily explained the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.

Thoroughly explained the decision of the Supreme Court in this case in brief.

4. Explain the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in general and on ethics in American society in particular. Provide a rationale for the response.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in general and on ethics in American society in particular.  Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for the response.

Insufficiently explained the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in particular. Insufficiently provided a rationale for the response.

Partially explained the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in general and on ethics in American society in particular. Partially provided a rationale for the response.

Satisfactorily explained the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in general and on ethics in American society in particular.  Satisfactorily provided a rationale for the response.

Thoroughly explained the fundamental impact that the court decision in question has had on American society in general and on ethics in American society in particular.  Thoroughly provided a rationale for the response.

5. Discuss whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.

Insufficiently discussed whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.

Partially discussed whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.

Satisfactorily discussed whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.

Thoroughly discussed whether you believe that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a religious issue or a sign of respect for the United States.

  1. Discuss whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge.

 

Insufficiently discussed whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge.

Partially discussed whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge.

Satisfactorily discussed whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge.

Thoroughly discussed whether or not you think public schools should be allowed to recite the pledge.

7. 3 References

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present