Kennedy Assassination - Student Essay Assignment (DBQ is listed in a different resource)
Directions: After you have completed JFK Assassination Documents. Meaning you have
1. read the documents
2. highlight questionably evidence in the documents
3. Create a theory as to what the document is suggesting and who killed JFK- One for each document
4. Write 300+ word document/ PowerPoint or poster- summary as to who they believe killed JFK- citing evidence from the documents (this can be typed or hand written)
(You are allowed to work with a group up to three people)
Use the guide to help you write your document
Your main thesis: Do you believe JFK assassination was or was not a conspiracy? Background on the issue, your thesis statement Give at least three reasons why (tell what your body paragraphs will be about)
This should be 3-16 sentences.
Student Example broken down, but yours should be in paragraph format. (You CANNOT COPY THIS)
Background: On January 20, 1961 at approximately 12:30 pm in Dallas, Texas the Nation was shocked with the death of thirty-fifth President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy he was riding in a Lincoln Continental four-door convertible. The car was completely open at the top (the car, code-named X-100). It had no armor or bulletproof elements whatsoever, the tires were not bulletproof, there was no bulletproof glass, it did have a removable plastic top, but, again, it was just Plexiglas. Riding inside the car with President Kennedy was Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connelly, his wife, Nellie, and two secret service agents. As enthusiastic crowds cheered them on, Connelly’s wife turned to Kennedy and said, “Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you.” Just seconds later, shots rang out from what was “Said” to be the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building, fatally wounded JFK, sending a nation into mourning and triggering countless conspiracies.
Lee Harvey Oswald, an ex-marine with Soviet Union ties was arrested for the assassinated. Unfortunately, he could never be put to trial, because two days later Jack Ruby, a nightclub operator, killed him. Many people believe that a single bullet, or a “magic bullet”, shot by Oswald was the reason for Kennedy’s death; however, one bullet could NOT have killed John F. Kennedy. THESIS: Kennedy’s assassination WAS a conspiracy. While it is a fact that Oswald did shoot John F. Kennedy, his death was more complex than a single bullet, the CIA and the FBI were involved in the assassination and the cover-up. . Body Paragraphs: 1. The CIA set- Kennedy up for failure at the Bay of Pigs, 2. Kennedy was NOT properly protected during his trip to Dallas, 3. Kennedy’s autopsy was tampered with by military doctors, 4. the Zupruter film with voice recordings shows evidence that more than one shot was fired, one of which was across the schoolyard building at the Grassy Knoll, leading us to believe that there is no way that one man, Lee Harvey Oswald, despite his military capability could have shot more than one bullet from his rifle. Therefore, the Kennedy assassination was in fact a conspiracy.
Body Paragraphs- you should have 3
1 Make sure you have a topic sentence stating what the paragraph is about and your thesis
2 Go into the background of who you your theory of the Conspiracy or lack there of
3 Citing reasons why from the documents you have read
4 conclude / revert back to your thesis
These should be AT LEAST 5-20 sentences
Conclusion: restate your thesis and conclude your argument
YOU should Hand in (WITH YOUR NAME ON IT)
1. Suspects and theories outline
2. Documents with their theories
3. Their 300 + word document / PowerPoint/ Poster…. PRINT THIS OUT! DO NOT SHARE WITH ME