Remember that about half your essay will need to be about the Founding era: how your chosen Founding principle is reflected in the Constitution, and why at least one Founder believed your principle would be a safeguard to liberty. Here are some resources that can help you as you plan and write your essay.
This Founding principles list includes definitions you should keep in mind when writing about your principle. To prompt your thinking even more, here are some quotations from Founders.
The second half of your essay will be about the principle’s importance today: in current events, and in your own life. To help guide your thinking on why the principle is relevant today, check out our daily news headlines pages. You’ll find news stories grouped by constitutional protections and principles.
Finally, here is the scoring rubric judges will use when scoring essays. Keep these criteria in mind when you’re writing.