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TOPIC: The paper should address a particular specific set of events or themes related to WWI, but may, within these bounds, deal with any aspect of the time and war etc. After perusing your reading list, skimming through course readings, and thinking on lectures, select a key theme that the course has focused on (see weekly topics) and then consider why this is important in a broader sense, for the war or just in terms of history more broadly. When you have a time, place, and issue in mind, fashion an argument statement (thesis) about the significance of the particular topic/event – but try to think of something that is clear, specific, and provable. You should consider its impact in larger terms—for instance of politics, gender, class, religion, economics, culture, health, and/or military developments. You need not cover all these, but certainly some should appear in your essay. THESIS: The best kind of thesis will be narrower, e.g. from Aregay: “the growth of the coffee trade may be directly related to Ethiopian Shawa’s rising power and autonomy in the early nineteenth century.” An impossible thesis would take on a huge topic, e.g. “sugar was significant to Caribbean slavery in political, economic, cultural, and social ways.” This would make a good book, but not a good 12 page paper. SOURCES: Your paper must use (and cite) the following as a minimum: 2 monograph sources (single author books) 3 peer reviewed articles or anthology chapters 3 primary sources Important note: By USE I mean that the source must PROVE some point of your argument, it is NOT sufficient to include sources for ornamentation! You should also enter your topic into a search for books or articles on our library website: http://www.library.fullerton.edu/ (Links to an external site.) which may lead you to interesting and useful sources for your paper. Additionally, I am posting a short list of other web-links to Canvas where you can get primary sources. You may also analyze a contemporary image as a primary source (photo, painting, sketch, statue etc.). If you choose to do this, please clear it with me first, and append a copy of the image to the end of your paper. GRADE AND ORGANIZATION: Grade is based on the following rubric, TAPA with 25% given to each area. A) Thesis- presenting a well-chosen statement of purpose that demonstrates understanding of topic, a basis for argument, and addresses the given assignment- your thesis should be in UNDERLINED font for this exercise and must be clearly written and logical. B) Argument- use of evidence and logic to develop and persuade the reader of your thesis- must include the required number of sources (primary and secondary) as described above. C) Presentation- grammatical and spelling error free, pages numbered, titled, normal spacing and font, style and voice of writing, correct length, citation format correct, bibliography attached, and any images used appended. Topic sentences, marked in bold, all must actually work with paragraph, transitions should be smooth. D) Analysis- overall depth of thought and mastery of subject, surpassing description to reveal real critical engagement with topic at hand and with your sources- this also means that your paper shows awareness of broader relevance to class material and historical changes. Some ways to improve your paper: 1) ensure that all presentation (C) items are followed, spell and grammar check your work 2) spend 20 minutes alone reading it out loud, see if it makes sense/sounds right3) see me for clarification if you are unsure about question or terminology4) cut-and-paste your thesis, topic sentences, and conclusion onto a separate doc; is there still a clear and convincing argument without the filler?5) if you describe something, ask yourself how it relates to your thesis, i.e. is it useful or necessary—university level work demands analytical thinking, not regurgitation of the text6) write this at least a day in advance, revise it after letting it sit for minimum of one day