Order ID 53563633773 Type Essay Writer Level Masters Style APA Sources/References 4 Perfect Number of Pages to Order 5-10 Pages
History Thesis Assignment
For this Assignment we will focus on:
1) Making sure your thesis is highly interpretive and arguable (a statement that needs to be proven)
2) Using topic sentences to introduce each set of evidence, in italics. A topic sentence is a mini-thesis that your evidence supports, and each must support the entire thesis.
3) Using four primary sources from the Primary Sources Boards (PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED DOCUMENTS!), in pairs.
4) Broadening your focus to include multiple eras (consider each week as one “era”).
5) Learning about problems with theses so we can avoid them.
Here are some common problems and recommendations for a historical thesis with sources:
•The big, factual thesis problem.
This happens when I write a thesis that is so broad it has no point of view.
•The “today” problem.
Using the present to justify the past doesn’t work.
•The three-part thesis problem.
The thesis needs to be the guiding idea of the essay, and should not have three parts, each one as the topic of one paragraph.
•The illustrative source problem.
Sources should prove a point, not be used to illustrate or show something.
•The trying to prove what didn’t happen problem.
The thesis should not say something like, “This cool thing would never have happened if it hadn’t been for this other thing.”
Writing Assignment Instructions (100 points):
Please post a highly interpretive thesis about what we’ve been studying recently, followed by an outline to set up two short paragraphs, each containing a topic sentence that supports the entire thesis, and two primary sources, each with an explanation of how it supports the topic of that paragraph. All sources must be from a Primary Sources Boards (you may add any fully cited sources to any Board at any time).
So the structure looks like this (but in essay paragraph format – no numbers and letters):
I. Interpretive thesis (in Bold)
II. Topic sentence that supports the thesis (in italics)
A. Primary source #1 with explanation
B. Primary source #2 with explanation
III. Topic sentence that supports the thesis (in italics)
A. Primary source #3 with explanation
B. Primary source #4 with explanation
V. Brief conclusion
Here is an example of what a good writing assignment looks like:
An increase in frustration from taxes imposed by the British created a tense atmosphere in which the Revolutionary War was born.
Several taxes were imposed on the Americans by the British to fund wars across the pacific, which many Americans opposed. The Stamp Tax of 1765 was implemented on the Americans as a way to tax all paper materials, including but not limited to; newspapers, books, and pamphlets. In Bradford Williams ad in the Pennsylvania Journal, which depicts a skull and cross bones with the words “This is the place to affix the stamp,” (https://www.loc.gov/item/2004672606/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) you can see the discontent the people had with the imposed new tax. Again, fed up with the high taxes the British imposed on tea, the “Boston Tea Party” engraved by W.D. Cooper depicts the fed-up patriots dumping crates of tea into the harbor in protest (http://www.historyofmassachusetts.org/the-boston-tea-party/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)
The American Patriots, tired of living under British Rule, demanded their Independence. Perhaps one of the most influential pamphlets of its time, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) reinforced the idea that the American Colonies should be self-governed, free from British rule. Soon after “Common Sense” was release to the public, the “Declaration of Independence” (https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1419123 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) was drafted and sent to King George III, and among the many grievances provided was “For opposing taxes on us without our consent.”
The events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the revolutionary war are directly related to the taxes imposed by the British. Had the British not so heavily taxed the American colonies, the revolution that lead to the independence movement may have never happened.
NOTE: PLEASE SEE THE ATTCHED DOCUMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE PART OF THE INSTRUCTIONS. THANK YOU!
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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