1.) Directions for Submitting your DBQ-based Essay: Compose your response to the assignment in the WORD document format. Do not use PDF – I cannot make comments about your paper in that format. My comments are intended to be constructive to help you improve any essay-writing you do in the future. WORD allows me to do that. FYI: Late papers will be penalized.
2.) 2-3 pages in length; include your Name, Course and CRN #; Date; Instructor’s Name and Paper’s title on first page. [top left corner, single spaced.]
3.) 1-inch margins; Double-spaced; Size-12 Times New Roman font
*** Give your paper a descriptive title (something other than “Paper #1”)
I. Introduction paragraph: Here you will introduce, in broad terms, the issue being discussed. The ideal introduction opens with a sentence that grabs your reader’s attention. Your introduction will become more specific as you build toward the last sentence of your opening paragraph, which is the thesis. The thesis is your argument —a debatable claim that you will then proceed to support in the body of your paper. The best way to formulate a strong thesis is to come up with a series of thought-provoking questions as you are reading the documents supplied. Your thesis will be the answer to the assignment task. A good thesis will pique your reader’s interest and require evidence to support it. (You may also refer to, and cite, your text, but you should focus on the primary documents assigned.)
II. Historical Context: After explaining your topic and your argument in the introduction, your next task will be to place the topic in its historical context – discuss the period of time and what was the overall situation in which the subject of your paper took place. [can be included in introduction paragraph.]
III. Building your argument: (several paragraphs making up the bulk of your paper): In the next several paragraphs you will support your thesis using evidence from the documents provided. In the process, you should make clear what the two or various subjects/individuals said about the issue you are considering, and you should make clear what you want to say. A single paragraph should cover a single subtopic, then transition to the next paragraph (and subtopic). Each paragraph should be structured in this way:
…………………….. Topic sentence: This is a sort of mini-thesis for this paragraph, in which you introduce the subtopic this paragraph will cover. Keep in mind here and throughout your writing process that everything in the paper should connect back to your main thesis.
…………………….. Evidence: Your topic sentence will be followed by a few sentences with which you marshal evidence in support of your claim. The strongest evidence is a quotation from the reading. (Be sure to cite your source.) Keep in mind, though, that simply quoting is not enough. It is important to discuss the quotations and explain how they support your own ideas. In addition, carefully select the extent of the quote – too lengthy quotes detract from the point you are making.
……………………… Transition sentence: Here you wrap up the paragraph and shift smoothly to the next paragraph (and subtopic).
IV. Conclusion: Do more here than simply restate your thesis. The conclusion is where you discuss the implications of the debate you have just covered, and make clear the significance of your argument. In other words, you explain to the reader why your paper matters, and why it was worth reading.
Task 1: 2 points – Consult the GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS for guidance on format of your essay, including Identification information in top, left corner; also writing the intro paragraph, body & conclusion; font; margins etc
Task 2: 3 points – proofread for misspellings, capitalizations, italics [where appropriate], syntax, sentence and paragraph structure; does the paper reflect your ability to write a cohesive and coherent, college-level paper?
*** points WILL BE deducted from the above. I have made corrections on previous papers without point deductions- show me you have learned from my efforts.
Who was Responsible for World War One?
Using the accompanying primary source documents-[NO OUTSIDE SOURCES] – various correspondences between the major figures associated with the war to complete the following:
Task 3: 1 point – Which nation or individual would you attribute blame? Consider which seemed the most belligerent – Russia? Austria? Serbia? Belgium? Britain? or Germany? DO NOT use Gavrilo Princep or Franz Ferdinand.
Task 4: 5 points – Develop a thesis – your opinion – with specific references to the sources provided with this assignment, [no outside sources] explaining why you place blame where you did for the outbreak of the war. You must choose only one nation or individual.
Task 5: 3 points – Examine the cartoon included in the list of resources for this assignment. The cartoon was first published in the Chicago Tribune just after the beginning of the war. What is the message the cartoonist is trying to convey?
Task 6: 6 points – Explain the justification or explanations that at least three nations or individuals could use to absolve themselves of blame for the war.
*** Remember to support your thesis using evidence from the documents in a clear and logical manner; To cite your sources – simply include an identifying note at the end of the statement- i.e. Yada Yada Yada …(Blank Check.)