After writing a first draft of your paper, you must go back to revise it in order to make it better.
First, read your paper and assess how well you addressed the key question: What was the impact of (your assigned leader, group, or event) on Civil Rights during (his, her, or its) own time, as well as years later? Make sure your paper addresses the impact of your assigned leader/group/event and is not just a biography or report.
Next, look through the assignment rubric and grade yourself according to each criterion. Remember that a "6" is the best possible score (A+) and "1" is the worst possible score (F). An average paper would earn a "3" (C). Also, have a friend evaulate your essay according to the rubric. You may want to compare your own paper to the Sample Student Paper to get a better idea of how your paper will be graded once submitted.