Government Essay

Comparison Paper Instructions

For this assignment, you will read the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802. Once you have read these founding documents and Jefferson’s letter, you will write a 2–3-page paper (double-spaced, 1-inch margins) adhering to the format specified in the Course Style Guidelines document, comparing each of them. When comparing the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, pay particular attention to the themes apparent in both documents and comment on which document came first and why that is important.


You must also answer the question, “What do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution thought about the separation of church and state or about the separation of God from government?” (Note: these are not the same thing.)


Be sure to incorporate a biblical worldview in your paper. Use the Course Style Guidelines document for the correct formatting.


Comparison Paper Grading Rubric


Points Possible

Points Earned

Criteria #1

0 to 15 points

The assignment meets the length criteria of 2–3 pages.


Criteria #2

0 to 25 points

The comparison points are clearly and correctly composed.


Criteria #3

0 to 30 points

An understanding of the documents and the relationship between them is evident.


Criteria #4

0 to 10 points

Biblical concepts are integrated.


Criteria #5

0 to 10 points

The paper follows the Course Style Guidelines document for formatting.


Criteria #6

0 to 10 points

The paper is free of grammatical and spelling errors.




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