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students are allowed to choose your own topic, as long as it pertains to the subject of this course--from the post World War 1 era through the Reagan Era. If you have any questions on subject matter, please contact me. This is your opportunity to look a little deeper at a subject that interests you.

This short paper is?at least three double-spaced pages of text?(Times New Roman, font size 12) and you must consult a?minimum of two academically credible sources .?Avoid ".com" sites including history.com.?Include a separate bibliography and citations may be in APA, MLA, or Chicago Style format. Students majoring in history must use Chicago Style format.

The short paper needs to be turned in through the assignment section for grading. If you use any of the information from your sources word-for-word, you must cite the source by using endnotes, footnotes, or parenthetical citations. If you read the information and write it in your own words and it is not common knowledge, then you must cite the source because you are paraphrasing someone's information.

The short paper must include a cover page with your name, course number and course title, instructor's name, and date. You must also include a bibliography at the end of your paper. While composing your paper, use proper English.?Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/ second person (I, you, we, our, etc).?Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper. Please label your paper as follows: lastnamefirstnameHIST102ShortPaper.




Basic Grading Criteria for

 

General Education and

 

(Lower Level) Written

 

Assignments in History

 


 

Format and Submission:

 

Paper submission is

 

correctly formatted

 

according to syllabus and

 

assignment instructions on

 

length and word count

 


 

Introduction and Thesis

 

Statement:

 

Topic selection and thesis

 

offer clear argument and

 

analysis appropriate for an

 

academic paper

 


 

Organization and Body of

 

Essay:

 


 

1

 


 

Unsatisfactory

 

(D+ or below)

 

Paper formatted

 

with numerous

 

errors and

 

guidelines not

 

followed; no

 

title page; paper

 

saved with

 

incorrect file

 

name. Length

 

and word count

 

not met

 

(0 ? 6.9 points)

 

Topic is

 

considerably too

 

large /narrow for

 

paper length

 

and/or

 

marginally

 

related to the

 

course; no

 

discernible

 

thesis or

 

argument; many

 

logical and

 

factual errors;

 

significant

 

problems with

 

understanding of

 

historical

 

content.

 

(0 ? 13.9 points)

 

The paper is not

 

logically

 


 

2

 


 

3

 


 

4

 


 

Satisfactory

 

(C- to C+)

 

Paper formatted with 3 or more

 

errors; title page missing is two

 

or more required elements; paper

 

saved using incorrect filename.

 

Length and/or word count not

 

met

 


 

Good

 

(B- to B+)

 

Paper and title page

 

formatted correctly

 

with fewer than 3

 

errors; saved and

 

submitted with correct

 

filename. Length and

 

word count met

 


 

Excellent

 

(A- to A)

 

Paper and title page are

 

correctly formatted with

 

no errors; saved and

 

submitted with correct

 

filename. Length and

 

word count met.

 


 

(8.0 ? 8.9 points)

 


 

(9 ? 10 points)

 


 

Topic is appropriate

 

but too large /narrow

 

for paper length; thesis

 

is clear and argument

 

is supported by facts

 

in most paragraphs;

 

historical context and

 

causality are logically

 

presented in the

 

analysis.

 


 

Topic is appropriate for

 

paper length; thesis is

 

focused and argument is

 

fully supported by

 

carefully chosen and

 

weighed facts in each

 

paragraph; evidence of

 

comprehension of

 

historical context and

 

causality.

 


 

Indicate

 

the points

 

and

 

explanatio

 

n of how

 

the grade

 

was

 

determine

 

d

 


 

100 pts. or %

 


 

10

 


 

(7.0 ? 7.9 points)

 


 

Topic is considerably too large

 

/narrow for paper length and/ or

 

marginally related to the course;

 

thesis or argument is not clear;

 

some logical and historical

 

errors; paper organized more

 

toward chronology than analysis

 

and argument.

 

(14 ? 15.9 points)

 


 

(16 ? 17.9 points)

 


 

The paper appears to be logically

 

organized, but ideas fail to make

 


 

The organization of

 

the paper generally

 


 

20

 


 

(18 - 20 points)

 


 

The organization of the

 

paper logically supports

 


 

25

 


 

Organization of the paper

 

( introductory, supporting,

 

concluding paragraphs)

 

designed to present factual

 

material logically and

 

clearly to the reader

 


 

Historical Analysis:

 

Research demonstrates

 

evidence to support thesis

 

statement and argument

 

made and recognition of

 

historical significance

 


 

Writing Style and

 

Grammar:

 


 

organized in

 

paragraphs;

 

ideas fail to

 

make sense and

 

the reader

 

cannot identify a

 

line of reasoning

 

and loses

 

interest; little

 

evidence of

 

coherent

 

organization and

 

use of factual

 

material.

 

(0 ? 17.4 points)

 

No sources are

 

used for

 

research related

 

to thesis; only

 

textbook and/or

 

encyclopedias

 

used; research is

 

not evident in

 

the argument in

 

paper; use of

 

information

 

provides no

 

support for the

 

argument and

 

displays little

 

evidence of

 

analysis; author

 

appears to have

 

gained little or

 

no knowledge

 

about the topic

 

and significance

 

of events.

 


 

(0 ? 17.4 points)

 

The writing has

 

substantial

 


 

sense in paragraph structure and

 

inadequate coverage; the reader

 

is unclear about what the writer

 

intends due to poor organization

 

and major omissions of factual

 

material.

 

(17.5 ? 19.9 points)

 


 

supports the purpose

 

or argument in the

 

introduction, body,

 

and conclusion; ideas

 

are usually logically

 

sequenced so that the

 

reader can follow the

 

line of reasoning and

 

use of factual material.

 

(20.0 ? 22.4 points)

 


 

One source is used demonstrating

 

research related to thesis;

 

textbooks and/or encyclopedias

 

used; research is not evident in

 

the argument in paper; use of

 

information provides partial

 

support for the argument and

 

displays little evidence of

 

analysis; author appears to have

 

gained some knowledge about

 

the topic and significance of

 

events.

 

(17.5 19.9 points)

 


 

Two or more sources

 

used demonstrating

 

research related to

 

thesis; no textbooks or

 

encyclopedias used;

 

research is partly

 

incorporated into the

 

argument in paper; use

 

of information

 

provides reasonable

 

support for the

 

argument and displays

 

evidence of analysis;

 

author gained some

 

knowledge about the

 

topic and significance

 

of events.

 

(20.0 ? 22.4 points)

 


 

The writing has more than three

 

grammatical and stylistic errors;

 


 

The writing has one to

 

three grammatical and

 


 

the purpose or argument

 

in the introduction, body,

 

and conclusion; ideas are

 

logically sequenced from

 

one paragraph to another

 

and clearly linked to

 

each other; the reader

 

can easily follow the line

 

of reasoning.

 

(22.5 ? 25 points)

 


 

Two or more sources

 

used demonstrating indepth research related to

 

thesis; no textbooks or

 

encyclopedias used;

 

research clearly

 

incorporated into the

 

argument in paper; use

 

of information clearly

 

supports the argument

 

and shows, in-depth

 

analysis of a significant

 

topic; author gained new

 

knowledge about the

 

topic and significance of

 

events.

 


 

25

 


 

(22.5 ? 25 points)

 


 

The writing is free of

 

grammatical and stylistic

 


 

10

 


 

Writing and grammar

 

demonstrates effective use

 

of language, and

 

punctuation and spelling

 


 

Use of Citation and

 

Bibliography:

 

Citations and bibliography

 

credit sources correctly

 

using Chicago/ Turabian or

 

APA or MLA citation rules

 


 

errors in

 

grammar and

 

style so that the

 

basic ideas are

 

lost; the writing

 

lacks clarity and

 

sentence

 

structure is

 

confusing;

 

errors in

 

spelling are

 

frequent enough

 

to be a major

 

distraction to

 

the reader.

 


 

Footnotes/endnotes are cited and

 

bibliography follows the correct

 

rules for citing sources with more

 

than three errors.

 


 

errors; sentence structure

 

is used effectively;

 

sentences are varied and

 

precise; prose style is

 

appropriate to the

 

subject. Active voice is

 

apparent. No spelling

 

errors

 


 

(8.0 ? 8.9 points)

 


 

(7.0 ? 7.9 points)

 


 

stylistic errors;

 

sentence structure is

 

generally effectively;

 

sentences are varied

 

but awkward at times

 

or passive voice is

 

apparent. No more

 

than three spelling

 

errors

 


 

(9 ? 10 points)

 


 

Footnotes/endnotes are

 

cited and bibliography

 

follows the correct

 

rules for citing sources

 

with one to three

 

errors.

 


 

Footnotes/endnotes are

 

correctly cited and

 

bibliography follows the

 

correct rules for citing

 

sources.

 


 

(7.0 ? 7.9 points)

 


 

(0 ? 6.9 points)

 

Footnotes/endno

 

tes are not used

 

and /or

 

bibliography is

 

not included in

 

paper.

 


 

paper requires additional

 

proofreading, as some errors

 

impede the flow of the reading;

 

sentences are not varied and

 

passive voice is used often. More

 

than three spelling errors.

 


 

(9 ? 10 points)

 


 

10

 


 

(7.0 ? 7.9 points)

 

(0 ? 6.9 points)

 


 

Checklist for Basic Grading Criteria for General Education and (Lower Level) Written Assignments in History

 

Format and Submission

 


 


 


 

Is your paper formatted in the proper file format (MSWord .doc or docx or .rtf file)?

 


 


 


 

Does your paper include a separate cover page that includes assignment name, student name and student number, course name, professor name, date

 

and institution?

 


 


 


 

Is your paper formatted with one inch margins and using New Times Roman 11 or 12 point font?

 


 


 


 

Is your file submitted using last name first name course and assignment? Example: SmithWilliamHIST101ShortPaper).

 


 

Introduction and Thesis Statement

 


 


 


 

Did you restate question verbatim to be answered before beginning of main essay? You may cut and paste question before introduction.

 


 


 


 

Did your essay include an introduction and clear thesis statement at the end of the introduction?

 


 

Organization and Body of essay

 


 


 


 


 

Is your essay well-organized with topic sentences and supporting detail that reinforces your thesis?

 

Did your essay meet narrative word count requirements? Narrative word count is word count without citation and bibliography. Place word count

 

requirement here.

 


 

Historical Analysis

 


 


 


 

Did you construct your essay using quality academic sources (specifically book or peer-reviewed sources from our Online Library or other university,

 

governmental, museum, or research websites)? Place primary and secondary source requirements here.

 


 


 


 

Did you include relevant historical support, including historical examples that reinforce your thesis?

 


 


 


 

Did you include chronological context in your essay and include important dates or date spans?

 


 

Writing Style and Grammar

 


 


 


 


 


 

Is your essay composed using formal English (no use of slang) and using proper capitalization, grammar and spelling rules?

 

Is your essay presented in academic third person (does not use ?I?)?

 

Did you refrain from using abbreviations and contractions in your analysis (use ?do not? instead of ?don?t?)?

 


 

Use of Citation and Bibliography

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Did you consistently follow the citation and bibliographical requirements of one style manual (Chicago or Turabian, MLA, or APA)? If you are familiar with a

 

style, please use that style consistently throughout your essay. Do not switch between styles. History majors are strongly encouraged to use Chicago or

 

Turabian citation as this is a requirement in upper-level courses.

 

Did you cite your sources in the narrative of your essay using parenthetical citation or computer-generated footnote/endnote numbering? Remember

 

citation takes place immediately after each use of direct quote and after paraphrasing of information.

 

Did you include a separate bibliography with your essay?

 

Is the bibliography alphabetized and includes all relevant information depending on source type? Remember accessed date for online sources.

 


 

 

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