Instructions
So what is history? Its the study of man’s written or recorded past. So what do historians do? Do they just describe what happened? Is that enough? Do historians need to explain history? What causes events? If so, how much of that discussion is actual? And how much of that is the writers opinion? Is there “truth” in history? Can we ever really know what ACTUALLY happened, or can we only hope to get an interpretation? This course covers these issues. At the core of this discussion is what is called “causation” what causes history. Marx said it was economic determinism, an eternal struggle between haves and have nots. Psychological historians believe its the factors that shape the adult, his ego, or subconscious. Feminists believe its the eternal binary struggle between “good” and “bad” ie you cant have good without bad, or pretty without ugly, skinny without fat, man without woman, and hence there is an institutionalized prejudice most do not even know exists etc. Then there is the good old fashioned literary chronological narrative. Explaining the events as you best think they transpired while recognizing that we all have prejudices and biases that might impact how we describe an event. In doing your final paper you need to pick a methodology, describe that methodology in your introduction and use it in your paper. In describing the method you are using you will give a brief description of what it is, its origins, and a couple of its major historians who used this method. This section belongs in your introduction. So, a typical outline for this paper would go as follows

I. Introduction
A. Topic
B. Thesis
C. Methodology
II. Body
A. Narrative of event, person, etc
B. Supporting argument/examples/citations
C. Argument, defense of thesis
III. Conclusion
A. Importance of said person/event etc
B. Summation of argument/thesis

This is a VERY basic outline, one you do no have to follow, but it shows you how and where to place your parts that you are working on

Thesis Statement
Was slavery necessary for economic growth in America? How did it start? How did it change America? How are those changes still happening? Where would we be without it?

Final Paper Grading Rubric

Research Report : Research Seminar Final Paper

Student Name: ________________________________________

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Topic Topic is clearly stated and author provides a thorough definition of the issue/event being discussed Topic is adequately stated and the author presents an adequate definition of the issue/event being discussed Topic is stated with minimal definition of the event/issue being discussed Topic is not clearly stated and little to no definition of the event/issue being discussed is provided
Thesis Thesis argument is clearly defined and stated. Author demonstrated a thorough understanding of the issue Thesis argument is adequately defined and stated. Author demonstrates an adequate understanding of the issue Thesis is present and the author demonstrates a basic understanding of the issue Thesis is not clearly defined or present.
Historial Methodology Historical method is clearly defined with the methodology’s defining literature discussed in detail. The author demonstrates a thorough understanding of the methodology. Reasoning for the use of the method is clearly argued and supported. Historical method is adequately defined with the methodology’s defining literature discussed. The author demonstrates an understanding of the methodology. Reasoning for the use of the method is adequately presented. Historical method is defined with a limited number of the methodology’s defining literature discussed. The author demonstrates a basic understanding of the methodology. Reasoning for the use of the method is presented. Historical method is not clearly defined. The methodology’s defining literature is not adequately discussed. The author does not demonstrate a basic understanding of the methodology. Reasoning for the use of the method is not clearly presented.
Sources Author utilized an abundant amount of both primary and secondary sources. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the desired format. Author utilizes an adequate amount of primary and secondary sources. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format. Author utilized the minimum requirement of sources. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format. Author did not use the minimum number of sources. Some sources are not accurately documented.
Conclusion Paper thoroughly summarizes the presented historical information and ties that information skillfully to the thesis Paper adequately summarizes the presented historical information and ties that information adequately to the thesis Paper summarizes the presented historical information and ties that information to the thesis Paper tdoes not adequately summerize the presented historical information nor tie that information to the thesis
Quality of Information Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples supporting the thesis Information clearly relates to the main topic and supports the thesis. It provides adequate examples supporting details and/or examples. Information clearly relates to the main topic and supports the thesis. No details and/or examples are given. Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.
Organization Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings. Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs. Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed. The information appears to be disorganized. 8)
Use of Sources Demonstrates skillful use of high-quality credible, relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate for the research paper Demonstrates consistant use of credible, relevant sources to support ideas that support the thesis Demonstrates an attempt to use credible and/or relevant sources to support the thesis Paper does not utilize the available sources to support the thesis and/or the sources used do not support the thesis
Mechanics No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors. Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.
Annotated Bibliography Author presents an extensive bibliography with a thorough discussion of each source Author presents an adequate bibliography with an adequate discussion of each source Author presents a bibliography basic with a discussion of each source Author does not present an adequate bibliography with minimal or no discussion on each source
Presentation Demonstrates a thorough knowlede of the materials presented. The materials presented are done so in a skillful and organized manner and effectively converys the purpose of the paper. Presentaiton meets the time requirements Demonstrates an adequate knowlede of the materials presented. The materials presented are done so in an organized manner and adequately conveys the purpose of the paper. Presentaiton meets the time requirements Demonstrates knowlede of the materials presented. The materials presented are organized. Presentaiton meets the time requirements Presentaiton is not well organized, fails to convey well the purpose of the paper and/or fails to meet the time requirements.

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