Topic and Instructions In Our Declaration, Danielle Allen makes the following statement:

Topic and Instructions
In Our Declaration, Danielle Allen makes the following statement:
“Each of us is capable of directly participating in politics because each of us is the best judge of her own happiness” (p. 184)
write an essay in which you…
Explain Allen’s statement, and then evaluate the strengths-and-weaknesses of her position by comparing it to arguments found in at least one of the supplementary materials.
Stronger papers will:
Be structured around a clear thesis statement, stated in the first paragraph.
Emphasize depth over breadth (in other words, don’t worry about summarizing as much
material as possible within the word limit; instead, focus on explaining, analyzing, and
arguing about, a few key points).
Analyze more than summarize (sometimes you need to summarize information, but you
should so do only insofar as its essential to advancing your own argument)
Cite, quote, and analyze specific passages from the reading material (broad summaries of ideas from the readings are less helpful; show that you know, and can analyze, precise
passages).Listen to the lecture on “How to Write a Successful Paper” for more detailed essay-writing advice