Task: Write a two to three-page paper that answers the question: How and why did the United States’ role in world affairs change from the late 1800s through the end of the Cold War?
Research: You will need to conduct research in order to find evidence for your argument. You must start
researching far in advance of the assignment deadline, as this often takes as much time to accomplish as writing
As you conduct research, therefore, make sure you evaluate the evidence you select and make sure it’s
from a reputable source and that it is relevant to the topic and formulate your argument in such a manner
as to prove that your
Use the library’s search tools and databases to find appropriate sources, such as books and articles from
Do NOT use Wikipedia. Doing so will result in an automatic 25% reduction to your score.
Format & Grammar Guidelines:
Your paper will include the following:
o An introductory paragraph that contains a well-developed thesis.
o A paragraph for each of the ideas/evidence you selected, in which you present a clear and logical
argument that directly supports your thesis.
o A concluding paragraph that provides a summary of evidence and argument.
Make sure you write complete sentences.
Paragraphs should contain at least three sentences.
Avoid making basic/gross grammatical errors, such as:
o Incomplete sentences/sentence fragments
o Run-on sentences
o Verb-subject disagreement
Use active (NOT PASSIVE) voice.
o Passive: John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.
o Active: Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy.
Do not write in the first person (no I, me, we us, etc.).
o Even if you’re paper is objective (based on evidence and critical thinking), using first-person
injects the possibility of subjectivity (driven by personal bias or agenda).
No contractions (can’t should be can not, isn’t should be is not, etc.).
Do not end sentences with prepositions.
o Example: He did not know where he was at. Corrected: He was lost.
Make sure your verb and subject agree.
o Example: They was drunk. Corrected: They were drunk.
Pay CLOSE attention to your punctuation.
o Remember, apostrophes do not make something plural.
Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
o The BEST way to proofread is to exchange papers with a classmate and read each other’s work.
It is far easier for someone else to spot errors.