a) Why might President Obama’s words regarding gay/lesbian equality have “constitutional significance?” Read the 10th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th amendments. Based on your understanding of the Constitutional amendments expansion of voting rights and civil rights / protections, do you agree or disagree with Mr. Denniston. Did Presidential Obama’s mention of Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall have constitutional significance? Why or why not? Give at least two concrete reasons based on the amendments and your understanding of how the US Constitution is interpreted. (up to 10 points – at least two complete paragraphs)
b) If you could add additional examples of President Obama’s speech of either the denial or expansion of civil rights (rights regardless of a person’s race/ethnicity, gender, age, mental health, sexual orientation, ETC), what examples would you include? Why? Write at least two examples and why you would include them. (Your examples may be from events outside the U.S.) (up to 10 points – at least two complete paragraphs)
c) Respond to two (2) peers by February 1, 2013. (5 points each; 10 points)
Use the sentence starter for your response. Use ONE sentence starter per response.
1. Use evidence to support a statement. ("The author wrote…. You wrote…)
2. Use a probing question to elicit more information from a fellow discussant. ("James, you write that. . . . Can you explain that further? I don’t understand…")
3. Challenge the relevancy of a person's comments or use of evidence. ("Ivy supported her argument with . . . but I would suggest that that she actually undermines her argument because. . . .")
4. Acknowledge the statements of others. ("As Wilbert wrote, '. . . .', I agree because…. (give evidence/ reasons)…")
5. Make a concession ("You're right, Anh, and I'm wrong! Here's why. . . .")
d) For extra credit, response to me by February 2, 2013 (10 bonus points)
I will post a question / comment at your original blog post and you should respond in a complete paragraph.