Why did the United States invade Cuba in 1898
“The explosion of the U.S.S. Maine caused the United States to invade Cuba in 1898.”
Use the documents provided and your own knowledge to evaluate this statement. Do you agree with this explanation of the causes of the Spanish American War? Why or why not? Use and cite evidence from the documents to support your analysis of this statement.
Use the ideas and quotations in your Argument Planner to compose an essay of 750 to 1000 words. You should take into account as many of the primary source documents as you can, including the documents from the Warm-Up Exercise.
Please see “Guidelines and Tips,” below, for further details on my expectations, and see “Phase B Grading” for a helpful checklist on earning a high grade.
Guidelines and Tips for Papers:
Your introduction should start with a few sentences which bring your reader into the topic and explain why this question matters.
Your introduction should end with a thesis: a sentence that tells your reader what you’re going to try to convince them of by the time they finish reading. A good thesis is arguable. In other words, it:
• is narrow and specific enough that you can prove it within the required length
• could be disputed by a logical argument
• takes a position on a question for which no clear, obvious answer exists
• gives a preview of the ideas you’ll use to support this thesis
The best thesis statements typically result from writing your entire paper, including the conclusion, setting it aside for at least 24 hours; and then editing what you’ve written. It’s very common to discover that the conclusion you wrote in the first draft contains an idea which would be a really great thesis.
Your paper should have at least 4 body paragraphs. (This is not a classic 5-paragraph essay.)
Each paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. It should support the topic sentence with specific, detailed evidence. (Much of this evidence may come from your answers to the questions in the Investigation Worksheet.) Finally, it should conclude with a transition sentence which connects the ideas in this paragraph to the ideas in the next paragraph.
Each paragraph should support your thesis and reveal a new aspect of your argument. The best paragraphs will use several primary source documents together to push forward a particular facet of your argument.
Your final paragraph should be well-structured, like the other paragraphs, but it has a different purpose. It should lead from the evidence you’ve presented into a convincing restatement of your thesis. It should remind your reader about the larger reasons that this topic matters. The final sentence should leave a memorable idea in your reader’s mind without using a cliche´.
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Paper 1 Assignment AMH 2042 Landrum
??GIVING CREDIT TO YOUR SOURCES
Each time you paraphrase or directly quote from one of the primary sources in the document packet, you should insert a footnote at the bottom of the page where you quote the document. Within the footnote, you should insert an appropriately formatted citation which points to an item in the Bibliography.
• The standard citation format in the discipline of history is the “Notes and Bibliography” format from the Chicago Manual of Style.1 I expect you to follow it for all papers in this course.
• For detailed guidance on how to format Chicago-style footnotes, see this page at the Purdue OWL site. The examples from the Footnote Practice assignment may also be useful models.
• For this assignment, I have provided a starter bibliography for you. I expect that you will customize it appropriately.
• Please note that Chicago-style footnotes use a slightly different format than the provided bibliography. It’s your responsibility to format your footnotes appropriately.
This paper does not require research outside your textbook and the documents given. If you use other materials in the course of your research, I require that you cite them properly.
You may use ideas borrowed from other classmates, but if you do, I require that you give your classmates credit by name. If you got the idea from a discussion board post, please recognize their contribution to your thoughts with a footnote formatted like the one at the end of this sentence.2 Or, if your conversation was in another medium, a citation like this one is more appropriate.3
The best papers will be edited so that every word counts. If you put a good effort into the Investigation Worksheet, you’re already set up with all the ideas you need. In fact, for many of you, the challenge will be how to express your ideas clearly and stay under the maximum word limit. I encourage you to start writing as early as possible so that you’ll have enough time to edit your draft.
Grading for Paper 1:
When I grade your final version of Paper 1, I will rate each paper with a detailed rubric built on the following checklist. Before you submit your paper, you should print out this checklist and use it to evaluate your own work.
INTRODUCTION AND THESIS:
____ You introduce the topic briefly and address the question asked in the assignment.
____ You end your introduction with a clear, arguable thesis.
____ Every paragraph has a topic sentence; specific, detailed evidence; and a concluding sentence which connects with the next paragraph’s main idea.
______ Your concluding paragraph restates your argument concisely.
______ Your concluding paragraph points briefly to the broader implications and significance of the ideas you’ve laid out.
____ Out of 9 documents, you make use of at least 5. The more documents, the higher a possible grade you can earn.
USING EVIDENCE SKILLFULLY:
_____ For each primary source you use, you consider its attribution (both its author and how the document came into being).
_____ For each primary source you use, you read carefully to consider what a source says and the language used to say it.
_____ For each primary source you use, you situate the document and the events it reports in place and time. _____ You check important details across multiple sources to determine points of agreement and disagreement. _____You evaluate the trustworthiness of each source and the information it contains.
_____ You give a properly-formatted Chicago-style notes-and-bibliography citation for each primary source you use.
______ Your footnotes acknowledge classmates whose ideas or comments shaped your thoughts.
_____ Each sentence expresses your ideas clearly, with a minimum of ambiguity or confusion.
_____ Your paper is between 750 and 1000 words.
_____ You have edited and refined your paper so that every sentence helps push your argument forward.
Extra credit: For each correctly-formatted citation you provide to one of your classmates’ discussion posts, I will grant 1 point of extra credit, up to a maximum of 5 points.
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