Final Paper Preparation
This assignment will prepare you for the Final Paper by
initiating the research process and will help you map out the specific
events and developments 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. For your Final Paper, you must
discuss at least six specific events or developments related to your
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 work on the research for your essay, and develop a draft
of your introduction with a thesis statement. For your research, you
must compile at least eight scholarly sources; choose at least six of
your scholarly secondary sources from the Ashford University Library and
include at least two 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. The best place to find scholarly sources is the
Ashford University Library’s research databases and eBook collection.
In a paragraph or two at the beginning of the paper, identify the topic
that you’ve chosen for your paper, how you plan to address it and state
your thesis. It is recommended that you 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 a summary of sources by completing an annotated
bibliography. To create an annotated bibliography, list each source in
full APA reference format. Then, beneath each source write a 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 eight sources.
Please notice that you have been provided with many wonderful primary
and secondary sources in the required reading and recommended reading
sections for each week. Feel free to use these sources when constructing
your assignment. Please visit the Academic Research section on your
Course Home page (accessible through the Student Responsibilities and
Policies tab on the left navigation toolbar) to review what types of
materials are not acceptable for academic, university level research.
This assignment must meet the following minimum requirements:
- The paper must be three pages in length
(excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- You must use at least eight scholarly resources other than the textbook to support your claims.
- Two of these sources should be primary sources;
the remaining six sources should be scholarly secondary sources from the
Ashford University Library.
- You must provide a draft of your introduction with a concise thesis statement.
- You must provide a one paragraph annotation for each source.
- You must cite your sources within the text of your paper.
You must choose from one of the topics below to write the final preparation paper about who the final paper will be about:
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. Three of your chosen topics must
be from before 1930 and three must be from after 1930. 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. Ensure you organize your paper
effectively to create a flow either along chronologically or thematic
lines. 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
- African Americans
- Foreign affairs
- Civil liberties
- The economy
- The role and powers of the presidency