Week 3 Assignment and Final Paper

Week 3 – Assignment Final Paper Prep (I need this by Day 2)

Text: Shubert, A. & Goldstein, R.J. (2012). Twentieth-century Europe [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
• This text is a Constellation™ course digital materials (CDM) title.
To prepare for your Final Paper (due in Week Five), complete the following written assignment and then submit it to your instructor for feedback.

Topic: Select one of the five topics listed below for your Final Paper topic:
• Nationalism – Discuss the role of nationalism in 20th century Europe.
• Race & Ethnicity – Discuss the role of race and ethnicity in 20th century Europe.
• Genocide – Discuss the emergence and frequency of genocide in Europe during the 20th century.
• Terrorism – Discuss the utilization of terrorism in 20th century Europe.
• Role of Women – Discuss the role of women in 20th century Europe.

Thesis: Develop your thesis statement. This will become the point or perspective you will argue or prove in the paper. Please see the Ashford Writing Center for information on how to develop a solid thesis.

List of sources researched: The purpose of creating a list of sources is to assist you in organizing and evaluating your research. The list should include the following information for each source (minimum of six):
• Name of the source, including the complete bibliographic citation in proper APA format.
• Summary of the source (at least one paragraph), including how the source will contribute to your paper.

For this paper, you need to conduct research in peer-reviewed journals or other sources that are considered to have reliable information. In addition to your required course text, you need at least six professional scholarly sources, three of which must be peer reviewed journal articles. Please visit the Academic Research section on your course homepage (accessible through the Student Responsibilities and Policies tab on the left navigation toolbar) to review what types of materials are, and are not, acceptable for academic, university-level research.

Final Paper
Select one of the following topics to formulate a research paper:
• Nationalism – Discuss the role of nationalism in 20th century Europe.
• Race & Ethnicity – Discuss the role of race and ethnicity in 20th century Europe.
• Genocide – Discuss the emergence and frequency of genocide in Europe during the 20th century.
• Terrorism – Discuss the utilization of terrorism in 20th century Europe.
• Role of Women – Discuss the role of women in 20th century Europe.
For this paper, you need to conduct research in peer-reviewed journals or other sources that are considered to have reliable information. In addition to your required course text, you will need at least six professional scholarly sources, three of which must be peer-reviewed journal articles. Please visit the Academic Research section on your course homepage (accessible through the Student Responsibilities and Policies tab on the left navigation toolbar) to review what types of materials are, and are not, acceptable for academic, university level research.
The paper must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.). You must use at least six scholarly sources, at least three of which can be found in the Ashford University Library, to support your claims and subclaims. To further help you in your research for this assignment and for the Final Paper, it is recommended that you view the Resources for Potential Research . Cite your sources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
• Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
• Must include a title page with the following:
o Title of paper
o Student’s name
o Course name and number
o Instructor’s name
o Date submitted
• Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
• Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
• Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
• Must use at least six scholarly resources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford University Library.
• Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
• Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Grading Rubric
HIS306.W5A1.06.2014
Description:

Total Possible Score: 20.00
Thesis Development
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thesis is exceptionally well designed and focus is considerably more developed than the general topic. Thesis concerns one specific idea and expertly argues a position. Firm and succinct thesis statement is included at end of introductory paragraph or section regarding thesis development.
Proficient – Thesis is well designed and focus is more developed than the general topic. Thesis concerns one specific idea and clearly argues a position. Distinct thesis statement is included at end of introductory paragraph or section regarding thesis development.
Basic – Thesis is adequately designed. Focus is more developed than the general topic, but is vague or unclear. Thesis concerns one specific idea, but either neglects to argue a position or no distinct thesis statement is included at end of introductory paragraph or section regarding thesis development.
Below Expectations – Thesis development is attempted, but thesis is either too vague or confusing. Topic is chosen, but thesis either concerns more than one major idea, neglects to argue a position on the topic, does not narrow focus beyond the general topic, or no distinct thesis statement is included at end of introductory paragraph or section regarding thesis development.
Non-Performance – The thesis is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Topic Examples
Total: 6.00
Distinguished – Topic examples utilized to support the thesis are comprehensive and rich in detail, contributing greatly to the thesis.
Proficient – Topic examples utilized to support the thesis are reasonable and contribute to the thesis. Examples could be more fully developed to support the thesis in greater detail.
Basic – Topic examples utilized to support the thesis are adequate, but of mixed results. Some contribute to the thesis, while others are unrelated. Examples are sometimes vague and need clarification.
Below Expectations – Topic examples utilized to support the thesis are used sparingly and may be unrelated to the thesis. Examples are often vague and need clarification.
Non-Performance – The topic examples utilized to support the thesis are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

Quality of Sources
Total: 3.00
Distinguished – The totality of the academic source materials utilized is of the highest quality, university-level standards.
Proficient – The totality of the academic source materials utilized meets university-level standards. A minority of academic sources may be of limited value to the thesis.
Basic – A majority of the academic source materials utilized meet university-level standards. A minority of sources utilized are either commercial websites of dubious academic merit, or may be unrelated to the thesis.
Below Expectations – A minimal number of academic sources utilized are of university-level standards. The majority of sources utilized are either commercial websites of dubious academic merit or may be unrelated to the thesis.
Non-Performance – The academic source materials are either nonexistent or the quality of the source materials lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Critical Analysis and Original Thought
Total: 5.00
Distinguished – Critical analysis and original thought is of exceptional quality. Paper contains rich and detailed analytical arguments and original thoughts that are extrapolated from the source materials. Sources are expertly utilized to accompany and/or support analytical suppositions.
Proficient – Critical analysis and original thought is of high quality. Paper contains analytical arguments and original thoughts that are extrapolated from the source materials. Sources are utilized to accompany and/or support analytical suppositions.
Basic – Critical analysis and original thought is adequate. Paper contains some analytical arguments or original thoughts that are extrapolated from the source materials. Sources are occasionally utilized to accompany and/or support analytical suppositions.
Below Expectations – Critical analysis and original thought is limited. Paper contains some analytical arguments or original thoughts, but they are unrelated to the source materials and may be irrelevant to the assignment. Sources are not utilized to accompany and/or support analytical suppositions.
Non-Performance – Critical analysis and original thought is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Critical Thinking: Conclusions and Related Outcomes
Total: 1.25
Distinguished – Conclusions and related outcomes are logical and clearly reflect an informed evaluation and the ability to place evidence and perspectives discussed in priority order.
Proficient – Conclusions and related outcomes are logical and reflect an informed evaluation and the ability to place evidence and perspectives discussed in priority order.
Basic – Conclusions and related outcomes are identified and minimally reflect an informed evaluation and the ability to place evidence and perspectives discussed in priority order.
Below Expectations – Conclusions and related outcomes are not logical or reflective of an informed evaluation and the ability to place evidence and perspectives discussed in priority order.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics
Total: 1.25
Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.
Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.
Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.
Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Evidence and Sources
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Demonstrates consistent use of reliable, appropriate sources and/or evidence to support ideas that are situated within the discipline and genre of the writing.
Proficient – Demonstrates mostly consistent use of reliable sources that are appropriate to the discipline and genre of the writing. Sources offer some support to the ideas in the writing.
Basic – Demonstrates somewhat inconsistent use of sources that are mostly reliable to the discipline and genre of the writing. Sources offer little support to the ideas in the writing.
Below Expectations – Inconsistently utilizes sources and/or evidence that may be unrelated and offer little support to the ideas in the writing.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Page Requirement
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Resource Requirement

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.
Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

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