Week 6 Research Essay Due Jun 11 by 11:59pm Points 250 Submitting a file upload
Week 6 Research Essay Due Jun 11 by 11:59pm Points 250 Submitting a file upload Research Essay Assignment Your final paper should be five to six pages in length. Your paper should be double-spaced with standard 12 point font and one-inch margins. Your paper should include a title page as well as a bibliography; neither the title page nor the bibliography should be counted towards fulfilling the length requirement. Your paper should include in-text citations in either the MLA or APA format. An excellent guide to citations is available through the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ (Links to an external site.) You may choose any topic related to American history in the period from 1945 to the present. You may select a topic that we cover in the course or a topic that we do not address. It is very important for you to choose a topic that is contentious or open to debate. For the assignment, you will be asked to consider multiple viewpoints. Your essay should include a thesis statement and evidence to support your thesis statement. A thesis statement is an assertion that you are seeking to prove. A thesis statement must be open to debate and not a simple statement of fact. Example of a Thesis Statement: The United States' use of atomic weapons against Japan in 1945 was unjust and immoral. (This is a valid thesis statement because it is contentious and open to debate. Some scholars argue that the use of atomic weapons was justified, asserting that it was the only way to bring an end to the war without a costly invasion of the Japanese home islands.) You are required to use source material to defend your argument or thesis. I would like you to find a minimum of 5 sources related to your topic. These sources should include both primary sources and secondary sources. A primary source is a document written by someone who actually participated in the historic event being discussed. A secondary source is a document written by a scholar or historian with no direct experience of the event discussed. Your sources may be books, articles, or online materials. Also, I ask that you use one source related to your topic from a discipline outside of history. For example, you could use an article from a political science journal, a sociology journal, an economics journal, etc. Many scholars outside of the field of history have valuable insight to offer on historical events. JSTOR, a collection of journal articles available online through Hatch Library, is a very valuable tool for locating sources from a variety of disciplines. For this assignment, it is crucial that you evaluate sources that offer multiple and varied perspectives on your topic. In order to develop a full and well-rounded understanding of any topic, it is crucial to examine varied perspectives. For example, if you were to argue that the Constitution represented a positive and progressive revision of the United States government, it is important to include some evaluation of the opposing viewpoint. You would need to include an analysis of the arguments that were made against the ratification of the Constitution. Your essay should be well written and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Please proofread your essay before submitting it for a grade. I would encourage you to review the rubric for a more detailed explanation of how your final paper will be evaluated. HIS 315 Final Essay Assignment.docx Download HIS 315 Final Essay Assignment.docx Rubric HIS315 Research Essay Rubric HIS315 Research Essay Rubric Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePerspective Taking Evaluate and apply diverse perspectives to complex subjects within the humanities in the face of multiple and even conflicting positions (i.e. cultural, disciplinary, and ethical.) 50 pts Exemplary - The student acknowledges and fully evaluates the conflicting perspectives that exist on their topic. The student presents and evaluates evidence that conflicts with their thesis statement. 45 pts Mastery - The student acknowledges and evaluates the conflicting perspectives that exist on their topic. 40 pts Proficient - THe student presents a limited analysis of the multiple perspectives that exist on their topic. The student is dismissive of perpectives that conflict with their thesis. 35 pts Emerging - The student acknowledges that conflicting perspectives exist on their topic, but present no analysis of any conflicting perspectives. 0 pts No evidenc - The student does not acknowledge that any conflicting pespectives exist on their topic. 50 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConnections to Discipline Independently create wholes out of multiple parts (synthesizes) or draw conclusions by combining examples, facts, or theories from more than one field of study or perspective. 50 pts Exemplary - The student presents evidence in support of their thesis from a source outside of the discipline of history. The student draws meaningful connections between history and another academic discipline. 45 pts Mastery - The student presents evidence related to their topic from a source outside the discipline of history. The evidence presented may not direclty connect to the student's thesis statement. 40 pts Proficient - The student references material related to their topic from a source outside of the discipline of history. The student does not clearly integrate this evidence into their essay. 35 pts Emerging - The student references material from a source outside of the discipline of history, but this information is not clearly related to the student's topic or essay. 0 pts No evidence - The student makes no reference to any source outside of the field of history. 50 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStudent's Position Articulate a specific position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) imaginatively, taking into account the complexities of an issue. Limits are acknowledged. Others' points of view are synthesized. 50 pts Exemplary - The student presents a clear thesis statement. The student's thesis statement is contestable and open to debate. 45 pts Mastery - The student presents a thesis statement. The student's thesis statement is somewhat contestable. 40 pts Proficient - The student presents a thesis statement. Almost all sources and scholars would agree with the author's thesis statement and it is largely not contestable. 35 pts Emerging - The student presents a thesis statement that is a simple statement of fact. 0 pts No evidence - The student presents no thesis statement. 50 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEmbracing Contradictions Fully integrate alternate, divergent, or contradictory perspectives or ideas. 50 pts Exemplary - The student embraces contradictory ideas and fully explores the debates that exist surrounding their topic. The student presents and analyzes evidence in support and in opposition to their thesis with equal vigor. 45 pts Mastery - The student explores the contradictory ideas that exist on their topic. The student evaluates conflicting evidence, but focuses more on evidence which supports their thesis. 40 pts Proficient - The student ackowledges that contradictory views exist on their topic and presents a summary of such conflicting views. 35 pts Emerging - The student acknowledges the contradictory views that exist, but does not explore such contradictions. 0 pts No evidence - The student does not acknowledge that any contradictory views exist related to their topic. 50 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEvidence Synthesize information from source(s) with enough interpretation/evaluation to develop a comprehensive analysis. Viewpoints of experts are questioned thoroughly. 50 pts Exemplary - The student presents evidence from a minimum of five sources in support of their thesis. The student presents a clear and insightful analysis of the relevant evidence from each source. 45 pts Mastery - The student presents evidence from a minimum of five sources in support of their thesis. The student presents some analysis of relevant evidence from each source. 40 pts Proficient - The student presents evidences from a minimum of five sources in support of their thesis. The evidence presented may not be fully relevant to the argument presented. The student's analysis of the evidence may be somewhat unclear. 35 pts Emerging - The student presents evidence from some sources in support of their thesis. The student does not fully analyze the evidence; rather, the student simply summarizes the texts. 0 pts No Evidence - The student does not present evidence from any sources in support of their thesis. 50 pts Total Points: 250

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