Research paper Us History

NOTE: Before beginning this assignment, read through information contained in the Scholastic Dishonesty link in the course menu to the left.

The core assignment of this course is a documented research paper (6 – 8 pages double spaced, 12-point font).

  • The essay should support a thesis statement with information gained from research or investigation.
  • The paper will not be just a report presenting information, but will be an essay that carefully examines and presents your own historical interpretation of the topic you have chosen and your interpretation of the information you have gathered.
  • The paper may include consideration of problems and solutions, define key terms, or refute arguments against your thesis statement.

It will be important to choose a topic of interest to you.

  • Approach this assignment with an open and skeptical mind, then form an opinion based on what you have discovered.
  • You must suspend belief while you are investigating and let the discoveries shape your opinion. (This is a thesis-finding approach.)
  • Once you have found your thesis, write the paper to support it.

You will use some of the following critical thinking skills in this process:

  1. Choosing an appropriate topic, limiting the topic
  2. Gathering information, summarizing sources
  3. Analyzing and evaluating sources
  4. Defining key terms
  5. Synthesizing information, comparing and contrasting sources
  6. Testing a thesis, making an historical argument, using refutation
  7. Amassing support for a position
  8. Documenting sources

Because this may be a longer essay than you have written before and a complex process is involved, it is recommended that you complete this paper using the following steps:

  1. Choose a topic related to U.S. History after 1877 (Chapters 16-28) that you would truly like to explore and that you are willing to spend some time on. Your chosen topic should be focused. Pose a question that you really want to answer. You may want to begin with more than one topic in mind.
  2. Do some preliminary reading on the topic(s). You may begin with the textbook, then further explore the information available. Refine your topic. Summarize your topic, your interest in the topic, the questions you want to answer, and a hypothesis you want to test.
  3. Gather information from a variety of sources. Use a minimum of four sources for your paper, and at least one must be a primary source.
    • Examples of primary sources are ones that are used in our discussion forums 2 – 8.
    • They are sources that are contemporary to the times under investigation.
    • An example of a secondary source is our textbook, though the textbook also contains excerpts of primary sources, which you may use as a source in your essay.
  4. Outline the results of your research and then plan for your essay (note you are not required to submit the outline).
  5. Write the final draft and be sure to include a Works Cited List; be sure to use the correct MLA documentation style.

Grade Rubric

INTRODUCTION & THESIS: The essay makes a clear and effective statement (the thesis) about the chosen topic. /15

FOCUS AND DEVELOPMENT: Body of the essay focuses on this thesis and develops it fully, recognizing the complexity of issues. /30

SUPPORT AND SYNTHESIS: Uses sufficient and relevant evidence to support the thesis (and primary points), including facts, inferences, and judgments.  Quotes, summarizes, and paraphrases accurately and effectively–appropriately introducing and explaining each quote. /30

CONVENTIONS: Uses MLA format correctly; includes a Works Cited list; is free of errors. /10

CORRECTNESS AND STYLE: Shows critical thinking and depth of understanding; uses appropriate tone; shows sophistication in language usage and sentence structure. /15

TOTAL: 100

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Prepare a bibliography of suitable readings relating to your question, other than these reading that already been given.

 

Length: At least 1200 words

 

Your essay should begin with an introduction that sets out the problem you are going to address and perhaps suggests how you are going to frame your argument. In the main body of the essay, you present your argument and back it up with evidence. Depending on which question you answer, you may also discuss or critique the views of different historians and form your original contribution to the debate. The key is to analyze issues, not merely to describe them.

Notes: When you quote from, or use of an argument or evidence from, your sources, you need to note this, providing details in footnotes or endnotes

 

 

Bibliography: Your essay will need to have a Bibliography at the end, listing the sources you have used as well as the ones you have found yourself. These should be listed in alphabetical order with their full titles and details (including the place and date of publication).

A Visual Tour of Ancient Greece and Rome

Objectives:

  • 2.1
  • 2.2
  • 2.3

Imagine you are narrating a guided tour throughout the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. You might be taking this tour someday yourself!

  • Instructions
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  • Grading

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes that depicts a tour guide describing the places and artifacts that the tourists will see in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

Include the following in your tour:

  • Visit at least three cities in the ancient Greek world (this includes Greece, Crete, and modern Turkey), and describe what can be found in each.
  • Three specific pieces of ancient Greek sculpture
  • Artifacts from a mixture of the Bronze Age, the Golden Age, and the Hellenistic Greek periods
  • Three specific pieces of ancient Roman architecture (not limited to the city of Rome, but built by Romans)
  • Discuss two pieces of Roman literature. The tourists will need to be entertained during those long drives through the countryside!
  • Explain the significance of each place or artifact discussed on the tour.

Include in-text citations in the speaker notes for all outside information.  Please do not copy and paste information into your speaker notes; the rules against plagiarism apply to speaker notes.  You should provide citations and quotations.

Humanities Course

Since this is a Humanities course, what does it mean to be human? Science tells us there are other very intelligent creatures such as Sperm Whales, Dolphins, and some Ape species that can learn sign language. What makes us different in terms of our being?

 

Also, what, to you, is a civilization? Is it the industrialized world? If the industrialized world has technology, infrastructure, banking systems, mass transit, etc, but also has massive war, high crimes, including murders, sex trafficking, robberies, carjacking, etc but a tribe in the Amazon has virtually no technology but very little crime, war, murder, etc, which of the two is more civilized?

“World War II through the 1970s”

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper on the period from World War II through the 1970s.Your paper should cover the following:

  1. Identify at least (2) two major historical turning points in the period under discussion.
  2. Analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture.
  3. Give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II.
  4. Explain the role that women played to help win World War II.
  5. Describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward.
  6. Describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans.
  7. Describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “ Great Society” agenda that are still with us today.
  8. Include at least two (2) references (sources) other than the textbook. At least one (1) of your sources must be obtained from the collection of databases accessible from the Learning Resources Center Web page. Generic encyclopedic Internet resources such as Wikipedia or Answers.com will not be considered acceptable.

Student note: Points one (1) and two (2) above are separate from the rest of the assignment.The paper should follow guidelines for clear and effectively organized writing:

  • The paper is well organized, and every explanation is both complete and easy to understand.
  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph for the paper.
  • Main ideas should be addressed in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • The paper should be checked for spelling and grammatical errors.

The format of the paper is to be as follows:

  • Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format.
  • In addition to the five to six (5-6) pages assigned, a title page with the title of the assignment, your name, the instructor’s name, the course title, and the date is to be included, as well as a Reference Page.
  • Sources documented using APA style for in-text citations and listed on the References Page using APA style format.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the major turning points in American history since the Civil War.
  • Analyze how historical events shape America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture.Recognize and discuss the different ways that the heritage of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and segregation have shaped America’s history – even to the present day.
  • Identify how changes in social and economic conditions and technology can cause corresponding changes in the attitudes of the people and policies of the government.
  • Recognize and discuss the ways that formal policies of government have influenced the direction of historical and social development in the United States.
  • Analyze the rise of the United States to a world “super-power” and how that status has shaped its internal developments in recent decades.
  • Describe ways that women and minorities have responded to challenges and made contributions to American culture.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary U.S. history.
  • Write clearly and concisely about contemporary U.S. history using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

Assignment 3: World War II Through the 1970s
Criteria 0

Unacceptable

20

Developing

30

Competent

40

Exemplary

1. Identify at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion. Did not complete the assignment or did not identify at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially identified at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently identified at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully identified at least two (2) major historical turning points in the period under discussion. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
2. Analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. Did not complete the assignment or did not analyze the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially analyzed the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently analyzed the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully analyzed the impact of the two (2) or more major historical turning points selected on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
3. Give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II. Did not complete the assignment or did not give at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially gave at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently gave at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully gave at least two (2) reasons that Americans in the late 1930s wanted to stay out of the European conflict that became World War II. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
4. Explain the role that women played to help win World War II. Did not complete the assignment or did not explain the role that women played to help win World War II; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially explained the role that women played to help win World War II; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently explained the role that women played to help win World War II. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully explained the role that women played to help win World War II. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
5. Describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward. Did not complete the assignment or did not describe at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially described at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently described at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully described at least two (2) civil rights breakthroughs after World War II that moved the cause of African-Americans forward. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
6. Describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans. Did not complete the assignment or did not describe at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially described at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently described at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully described at least two (2) ways in which the Vietnam War brought political awareness to a new generation of young Americans. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
7. Describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today. Did not complete the assignment or did not describe at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially described at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently described at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully described at least two (2) programs of President Johnson’s “Great Society” agenda that are still with us today. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
8. Include at least two (2) references other than the textbook. Did not complete the assignment or did not include at least two (2) references other than the textbook; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information.  Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially included at least two (2) references other than the textbook; omitted some key information.  Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently included at least two (2) references other than the textbook. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully included at least two (2) references other than the textbook. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
9. Clarity Did not complete the assignment or explanations are unclear and not organized. (Major issues) Explanations generally unclear and not well organized. (Many issues) Explanations generally clear and /or organized. (Minor issues) Explanations very clear and well organized. (Added helpful details)
10. Writing – Grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. Did not complete the assignment or had 8 or more different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Major issues) Had 6-7 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Many issues) Had 4-5 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Minor issues) Had 0-3 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required.

Final Project

For your Final Project, you may write a paper or create a PowerPoint presentation.

  • If you choose to write a paper, it must be four to five pages in length, plus a title page and reference list, formatted according to APA style.
  • If you choose to create a PowerPoint project, it must be 12 to 15 slides, plus a title slide and a reference slide, formatted according to APA style. Be sure to save your presentation as a PDF before submitting it to Waypoint.
    • Please note that whether you choose to write a paper or create a PowerPoint presentation, you must properly cite your sources according to APA style.

To complete this project

  • Choose from one of the topics below and analyze its history from 1877 to the present.
  • Select four specific events or developments that span the years covered by this course, based on their impact on the topic. Two of the events must be from before 1945 and two events must be from after 1945. You must assess how the events in relationship to the topic changed over time and explain how the changes occurred. Please refer back to your Week Three Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments and make any necessary revisions.
  • Write an introduction with a thesis. Your thesis should summarize the main conclusions that you discovered while researching your topic and that you will support with a logical argument based on evidence (sources). Please refer back to your Week Three Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments, and make any necessary revisions to your thesis statement.
  • Connect each of the events or developments you have chosen back to your main thesis. The information presented must be organized and in chronological order.
  • You must use at least four sources in your paper other than the textbook, with at least two primary sources and at least two secondary sources. Please refer back to your Week Three Assignment, consider your instructor’s comments, and make any necessary revisions.

Choose one of the following topics:

  • Native Americans/American Indians
  • African Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Women

For example, a student writing a paper about the topic African Americans might choose the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Power Movement as two of their events. In that case, the paper would provide a description of the two movements. It would explain what each one revealed about the role of African Americans in broader American society in, respectively, the 1920s and the late 1960s, explain how and why the roles of African Americans in the 1920s differed from their roles in the late 1960s, and explain how events in the 1920s may have contributed to developments in the later decade.

Writing the Final Project

The Final Project

  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of project
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use at least four scholarly resources other than the textbook, including a minimum of two primary sources. Your secondary sources must come from the Ashford University Library. For help locating primary sources refer to the HIS206 HIS206: Primary Sources Research Guide.
  • Must document all sources, including images, in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

If you choose to create a PowerPoint presentation: You should use visual elements to contribute to your explanation of the topic. PowerPoint presentations should avoid plagiarism and have proper APA citations for all source material either in the note section at the bottom of each slide, or on the last slide of the show indicating sources for each slide. The final slide must be a correctly formatted reference list containing all of your sources. You may use non-scholarly sources for your images, but not for the text of the presentation. Make sure to pay attention to color and style. You will need to save your PowerPoint presentation as a PDF before you submit it to Waypoint. Use the Converting a PowerPoint to PDF tutorial.

Before submitting your Final Project, you may want to view the Sample Paper and/or the Sample Presentation and/or visit the Ashford Writing Center for feedback.

Do you have questions? Check out the  FAQs on Assignments page.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation

Submit a Plagiarism Checker Report with this assignment.

Prepare a 10-12 slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation that includes speaker notes explaining each slide.

Choose a movie or work of literature that discusses the topic of education and the arts.

Analyze the movie or work of literature’s relevance to this course.

  • Does the movie or book realistically reflect the impact of art education on adolescents?
  • Does it realistically reflect the struggle the humanities subjects faced in light of educational budget cuts?
  • If a school curriculum prefers to maintain sports programs over programs related to the arts, who will ultimately be responsible for children’s exposure to the humanities?
  • Who will pay for arts education?

Use two or more references outside of the movie or book to support your presentation.

To Create & Download a PDF Plagiarism Checker Report:

  • View the instructional PowerPoint “How to Receive and Download a PDF Plagiarism Checker Report.” This PowerPoint is posted in the discussion area for the Week 1 Humanities Paper. (PPT available when the class goes live) 
  • Submit your PDF Plagiarism Checker Report in gradebook along with your paper.