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Archive for November, 2007

Sites for The 2008 Primary Election Project

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

NY Times Candidate Profiles

Wall Street Journal on the 08 Race

CNN Meet the Candidates

US News and World Report Collection of Articles

Candidate Profiles form the Washington Post

Fox News Eye on the Issues

Yahoo! News Directory

Bear in mind that every candidate has their own campaign website (easy to find)

On Thesis Statements

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

I have told you that a thesis statement for a history essay:

  • is the most important sentence (or two sentences) in your essay
  • is specific, complex and refutable
  • requires time, patience, thought and foresight
  • comes at the end of your introduction
  • will be restated (not repeated) in your concluding paragraph

If I have not told you enough and/or if you need more guidance:
From Harvard University

From Indiana University

From the Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill

On Citation…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

MLA Guide from The Writers’ Workshop at University of Illinois

The MLA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue University

Lazy? Don’t Trust Yourself? Part of the Calculator for Simple Math Generation? So be it. The WWW is here for you. Let Easy Bib do your Works Cited Page for you!

Documents of Import

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The Assignment

Your rubric

The Basic Rules of Historical Writing

The Ten Commandments of Proper Historical Writing

The GCHS Guide to Writing Research Essays

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The English Department at a high school at which I once worked created this research manual for high school students. Many questions that you might have can be answered here.

Please peruse this This well-prepared document

Making “Peace”

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Read the documents carefully and respond to the prompts given:

Versailles, 14 Points and Paris Peace Conference

Excerpts from the Treaty

Chapter One of the Report of the Commission to Determine War Guilt, 6 May 1919

Response Sheet for 3 Documents

The German Menace?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Part One: Develop an Argument

For those of you assigned to do so, post an argumentative essay which addresses a central question of the origins of World War One:

To what extent was Germany to blame for the outbreak of World War One?

Follow the following directions:

  • make sure that your name is in the post
  • make sure that you have a title that clearly indicates your position on the issue (e.g. “Shame on Germany” or “Germany: Not Innocent but Not the Primary Cause”)
  • one-page, single-spaced
  • Demonstrate a clear stance using a thesis statement that is specific, complex and refutable.
  • use and cite 2-3 scholarly sources to support your argument (I just installed a proxy detector on my website to catch plagiarism. Be honest–if you use a source, cite it
  • Post your essay in the “comments” link below

Part Two: Defend Your Argument

  • When the essays are posted, you will have a couple of days to write a refutation of your classmates’ arguments.
  • Demonstrate that you have read 3-5 student essays that take a stance in opposition to yours
  • Address the authors with whom you do not agree by name (refer to specific authors)
  • You must disagree with them in a scholarly manner. Be diplomatic Do not get personal.

The Inevitable Great War?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Part One: Develop an Argument

For those of you assigned to do so, post an argumentative essay which addresses a central question of the origins of World War One:

Given the potentially lethal combination of long-term historical forces, was World War One inevitable?

Follow the following directions:

  • make sure that your name is in the post
  • make sure that you have a title that clearly indicates your position on the issue (e.g. “The Inevitable War” or “A War of Choice”)
  • one-page, single-spaced
  • Demonstrate a clear stance using a thesis statement that is specific, complex and refutable.
  • use and cite 2-3 scholarly sources to support your argument. Be honest–if you use a source, cite it
  • Post your essay in the “comments” link below

Part Two: Defend Your Argument

  • When the essays are posted, you will have a couple of days to write a refutation of your classmates’ arguments.
  • Demonstrate that you have read 3-5 student essays that take a stance in opposition to yours
  • Address the authors with whom you do not agree by name (refer to specific authors)
  • You must disagree with them in a scholarly manner. Be diplomatic Do not get personal.

Local Village Elections in the PRC

Monday, November 19th, 2007

How and why did this transformation [of village elections] come about? And how do grassroots elections work in the context of continuing Chinese Communist Party rule? Whose interests do they serve? Answer these questions and more by reading: Village Elections: Democracy from the Bottom Up?

Reading Responses to White

If you are interested, learn more by reading these 1 page articles:

ELECTION DAY FOR CHINESE IS PARTY TIME

No Contest: The Party Still Fears the Voter

Structural-Functional Anlaysis of the PRC

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Use your textbook, the structural-functional flow chart I provided you with, the lecture notes I’ve provided, and the BBC site Inside China’s Ruling Party to learn the structures and functions of the institutional framework of the PRC.

This report for Congress could prove useful as well.

Be prepared for a quiz on this material. If you know how the PRC government works, the quiz will be easy. It is multiple choice and fill in the blank. 

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