Magna Carta Paragraph Assignment
has heard it sometime, the phrase, "he steals from the rich, to give to
poor." That, of course, is a reference to Robin Hood and his Band
of Merry Men. What many do not know is that there has been a lot,
and I do mean a lot, of
serious scholarship and research into the "tales" of Robin Hood.
In some of the tellings, the bad
Prince John in the story is associated with the English King John,
signer of the Magna Carta, who is viewed as the bad guy who unjustly
stole the throne from his good brother, Richard the Lion-Hearted while
was away on the Third Crusade. There have been a number of motion
of Robin Hood, notably by Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938). Here is an ok photo of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood.
Read the Magna Carta
document excerpt (along with the short document notes and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Magna Carta (not from the textbook), was the Magna Carta a revolutionary document?
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in
Charlie's History Writing Center for
additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Optional Magna Carta Paragraph is worth a maximum of 25 points.
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