The following instructions provide you with the first steps you need to take to complete your first project for the class. For this first project, each student will produce a 4-5 page, argumentative paper, or a 9-10 slide presentation with speaker notes. This project should connect issues, people, and/or events raised in, at least, two study questions within one of the past four modules (Modules 1-4). You should use the secondary and primary material, lecture notes, and Wakelet portfolios from these modules to develop your project. Your connections do not have to cover every issue in each of the study questions. Instead, your topics but should reflect your engagement and understanding of the questions you choose. You will be evaluated by your ability to create a main point (thesis statement), create smaller points that help prove that main point (topic sentences), collect the necessary evidence (secondary and primary evidence) to prove your points and your successful completion and submission of your project.
STEP ONE OVERVIEW
Look over your notes, annotations, the study questions, discussion boards, and Wakelet portfolios for Modules 01-04. Decide which study questions with which Module you would like to connect and discuss in your project. You do not have to connect every issue raised in one question to every issue raised in another. Nor do you have to link two consecutive weeks. After this review, answer the three following questions: (1) Which questions do you want to link? (2) What issues/events/people do you see linking these questions? (3) Where in the materials do you see these links?
Post your responses to these questions in this History Project 1 Discussion Board. Next, go to, at least, three classmates’ posts and provide helpful suggestions and critiques. Your comments must go beyond “this sounds like a great paper topic” or “that topic sounds hard”. Do you think the linking issue raised by your classmate truly links his/her chosen readings? Is the issue too broad or narrow? Is it confusing or clear? Does it lead to an argumentative point or is it simply telling a story? These are the types of questions to consider when commenting on a classmates’ post. I WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY FOR CHECK-INS AND QUESTIONS. YOUR RESPONSES TO THESE INITIAL QUESTIONS AND YOUR RESPONSES TO THREE CLASSMATES’ POSTS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM WEDNESDAY.
STEP TWO OVERVIEW
After reviewing the responses to your initial posts, begin to refine your topic, and develop an outline. What is the one main point you want to prove in your paper? This thesis statement must be in the form of a single, complete sentence and be argumentative Remember, the goal is not to simply tell a story. The goal is to argue and prove a point using the evidence and analysis supplied in the secondary and primary material, your annotations, and the portfolios for the modules you have chosen. What are, at least four smaller points (argumentative, topic sentences) you need to argue to prove your main point? These smaller points should be complete sentences that support your point. What are your examples/evidence to definitively prove each of your smaller points (topic sentences)? These examples/evidence should be quotes from the secondary and primary material and the portfolio(s) you’ve chosen. Answer these questions in the form of an outline or download and fill out this essay outline formActions with your name, thesis statement, topic sentences, and evidence (I’ll explain and distribute mind maps in class.)
Return to this History Project 1 Discussion Board and write or post your outline. Next, go to, at least, three group members’ posts and provide helpful suggestions and critiques. Your comments must go beyond “this sounds like a great topic” or “that topic sounds hard”. Is the thesis statement clear? Does it pose an argument that is provable with evidence provided? Is it too broad, too narrow, or just right? YOUR OUTLINE AND YOUR RESPONSES TO CLASSMATES’ POSTS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM FRIDAY.
STEP THREE OVERVIEW
After posting your outline detailing the structure of your paper, begin writing your paper, or creating your presentation. (Remember, your presentation must include presenter notes.) Writing is a very individual process. Some find that is necessary to begin the writing process with the introduction. Others find it easier to begin with one of the topic sentences and write a body paragraph (a paragraph that appears in the paper after the introduction). Choose the process that works best for you. It is fine to use short quotes (with attribution), but presenting material from any source as your own words constitutes plagiarism and is not allowed. If you have any questions about your use of source material in your paper, please contact me before you complete this step and your final draft.
Return to this History Project 1 Discussion Board. Type in a very short description of the part of the paper or presentation you have written to date. Post or attach, at least, three pages of your paper rough draft or 5 presentation slides with presenter notes. (In Google slides, you can create a share link and post that link in the discussion board.) Click on the Reply button.
Next, you are required to review one of the partial drafts submitted by, at least, two classmates. Give that person constructive feedback by replying to their post containing their partial draft. Are the points raised in the partial draft clear? Are there examples and evidence that help prove those points? Each paragraph (besides the introduction and conclusion) should begin with a topic sentence that is the point you want to prove in that paragraph. Make sure each classmate receives some feedback. YOUR SUBMISSION OF YOUR PARTIAL DRAFT AND YOUR FEEDBACK COMMENTS ARE DUE BY SUNDAY AT 11:59 PM.
THE FINAL DRAFT OF YOUR PROJECT IS DUE A WEEK FROM THIS WEDNESDAY BY 11:59 PM. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE SUBMISSION SITE FOR THIS MODULE TO TURN IN YOUR PROJECT.