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Social Responsibility Project Assignment Description


Why ask why? To develop a thesis!

An easy way to develop a thesis statement is to start with a "why" question.

  • What are some why questions you have?

When it comes to your history paper:

  • Decide what general topic you are interested in.
  • Look at the primary sources related to that topic.
  • Ask yourself "why"?
    • Why did _____ happen?
    • Why was ______ the result of ____?
    • etc.
  • Answer the question based on your primary sources.
    • ______ happened because of ________.
    • _______ was the result of ________.

Advice from Dr. Costanzo!

For your history paper, you can think about developing a thesis that answers a "why" question.

Examples of historical "why" questions and potential thesis statements:

  • Why did World War II happen?
    • World War II happened because Hitler attempted to build a German empire.
  • Why did the United States develop the atomic bomb?
    • The United States developed the atomic bomb to establish the U.S. as a world power.

Develop a thesis statement for the following question (NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THIS PAPER):

  • Why did Christopher Columbus encounter the New World?
    • NOTE: Your thesis does not have to contain "because", but remember that if you cannot answer a "why" question with your thesis then it probably is not an appropriate thesis for this assignment. If your thesis answers a "what" question it definitely is not an appropriate thesis for this essay.

Remember: You can only use primary sources from the websites Dr. Costanzo has provided. Sources from any other website or book must be approved by either him or myself. Sample outline

Thesis statement and outline are due Friday, February 24, by 5 pm.

Historical Argument essay is due Sunday, March 19, by 11:59 pm.

  • This is the last Sunday of Spring Break. Classes resume Monday, March 20.
  • Please plan your writing accordingly!

Announcements/Reminders

  • Don't forget your HIST quizzes and discussions!!! (Due every Sunday by 11:59 PM!)
  • February 16 - History Exam 1 (T-minus 9 days and counting!!!)
  • EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Visit with one of our Triad peer mentors! Ask for a slip for proof of your meeting, and upload a picture of this slip into BlackBoard by Sunday, February 19, by 11:59 pm. This will earn you 15 points.
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  • February 21 - Seminar will be held in the WRITING CENTER! Also, COMM Unit Test 2
  • February 24 - Historical Argument Thesis and Outline Due
  • February 28/March 2 - Conferences with your Seminar Professor
  • March 7 - In-class Midterm Reflection
  • March 9 - COMM Unit Test 3
  • EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Visit with one of our Triad peer mentors! Ask for a slip for proof of your meeting, and upload a picture of this slip into BlackBoard by Sunday, March 12, by 11:59 pm. This will earn you 15 points.
  • March 13-17 - Spring Break
  • March 19 - Historical Argument Paper Due
  • March 23 - History Exam 2
  • March 23, 28, 30, & April 4 - COMM Individual Presentations
  • Friday, April 7 - Last day to drop a class
  • EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Visit with one of our Triad peer mentors! Ask for a slip for proof of your meeting, and upload a picture of this slip into BlackBoard by Sunday, April 9, by 11:59 pm. This will earn you 15 points.
  • April 25, 27, & May 2 - Group Persuasive Presentations
  • Thursday, April 27 - First-Year Research Conference
  • EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Visit with one of our Triad peer mentors! Ask for a slip for proof of your meeting, and upload a picture of this slip into BlackBoard by Sunday, April 30, by 11:59 pm. This will earn you 15 points.
  • Tuesday, May 2 - Last day of classes
  • May 3 - Final Video Portfolio Due
  • May 4-10 - Final Examinations
  • May 8, 11 am - History Exam 3
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