Include an arguable thesis statement. The thesis statement should be well-phrased and set up the natural organization of the paper or be a blueprint of your arguments. The thesis statement should be included in the introduction paragraph of your paper. It is never the first sentence as you need to provide background for your argument. The thesis statement is the argument you are supporting throughout the paper with scholarly evidence.
Place the chosen culture into a historical context through the inclusion of historical information regarding the country, religion, civilization, time period, dynasties or kingdoms, primary people involved, and any other relevant information.
Your paper must compare Western and Eastern elements for the chosen topic, such as elements from Japan, China, India, Africa, or a combination of those AND an element (an explorer, an idea, a religion, an interaction, an empire, etc.) from Western civilization.
Discussion of the comparative elements from the two regions should be throughout the paper to provide a comprehensive comparison.
Analyze how members of your chosen topic react to ideas, institutions, and the cultural ideals during moments of historical interaction. Consider how the individuals or groups reacted to the exchange of ideas and how the interaction changed the civilization.
You should analyze scholarly evidence to include in your paper that fully supports your thesis statement. You should include at least four primary sources and four secondary sources. Scholarly evidence needs to be included as specific examples, quotes, detail, events, or statistics to support the argument of the paper.
Conclude with an analysis of the consequences of these interactions that considers how the cultural exchanges benefited and/or hurt both groups and are evident in the current day.