Final Paper Preparation
This assignment will prepare you for the Final Paper by initiating the research
process and helping you map out specific events and developments which you will
explore in depth in your paper. Review the instructions for the Final
Paper laid out in Week Five of the online course or the Components of Course
Evaluation section of the Course Guide before beginning this project. Note,
that for the Final Paper you will need to discuss at least six specific events
or developments related to your chosen topic
For this assignment, you will choose your topic and the six (or more) related
events and developments that span the years 1865 to the present. You will then find one scholarly source
related to each event or development plus two additional scholarly sources for
a total of 8 scholarly sources in
addition to your textbook. At least four
of your scholarly sources must come from the online library and at least two of your sources must be primary sources. Primary sources are
documents or artifacts that were created at the time of a historical event or
by someone who personally experienced a historical event. Primary sources can
be newspaper or magazine articles, books, letters, speeches, photographs, oral
histories, paintings or any other record of a historical event.
Choose from one of the topics below
and review its history from 1865 to the present. Select six specific events or
developments that span the years covered by this course, based on their impact
on the topic and write a thesis. Your thesis should summarize the main
conclusions that you drew while researching your topic and that you will
support by creating a logical argument based on evidence (sources). In your
paper, make sure to connect each of the events or developments you have chosen
back to your main thesis
For example, a paper about African Americans might choose the Harlem
Renaissance and the Black Power Movement as two of its events. In that case,
the paper would provide basic information about 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.
Choose one of the following topics:
- Native Americans
The role and powers of the
In a paragraph or two at the beginning of the paper, state your thesis and
identify the events and developments you will discuss in your final paper and
explain why you believe they are significant. Your thesis should be a one or
two sentence summary of the main conclusions that you drew while researching
your topic and that you will support in your paper by constructing a logical argument
based on evidence (sources).
You will then create an annotated bibliography. To create an annotated
bibliography, list each source in full APA reference format. Then, beneath each
source write a brief (one or two paragraph) explanation of the important
information in the source and how you plan to use it in your paper. The
annotations must be in your own words. It is not acceptable to copy and paste
the abstract or any other text. You must have annotations for all 8 sources.
This assignment must meet the following minimum requirements:
- The paper must be three pages in length and formatted
according to APA style.
- You must use at least eight scholarly resources other
than the textbook to support your claims.
- You must use at least one scholarly source for each event
or development plus two more scholarly sources for a total of 8 scholarly
- You must use at least two primary sources and at least
four scholarly secondary sources
- You must provide a concise thesis statement.
- You must provide a short (1-2 paragraphs) annotation
for each source.
- You must cite your sources within the text of your
paper and on the reference page.