The Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution
Order Description
Thesis question: “What were the consequences of the ‘sent down youth’ movement during the Cultural Revolution?”

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Note: I have added links to a useful online bibliography for most topics, but this is just one bibliography and should not be considered the final or authoritative research resource.

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Grading Rubric:

Introductory Paragraph
– includes a brief description of the essay topic.
– includes thesis question (in most cases, this has been provided on your essay signup, although you may rephrase the question if you wish).
– includes thesis (argument).
– clearly and concisely phrased.

-no thesis question
-no thesis
-ineffective or underdeveloped thesis
-poor phrasing
-irrelevant statements

Body of Essay
-clear organization and logical structure
-each paragraph supports the main topic and develops the thesis
-each paragraph begins with a topic sentence
-each topic is supported by documented evidence and facts
-there is a clear connection between each sentence
-judicious use of quotations

-disorganized and confusing structure
-paragraphs are unrelated to the main topic, or the relationship is unclear
-paragraphs have no identifiable topic
-no evidence to support the statements
-using too many quotations
-poor phrasing
-irrelevant statements

Concluding paragraph
-reminds the reader of the thesis and restates the most important points
-explains to the reader why the paper’s conclusions are important.

-poor phrasing
-irrelevant statements

Style and Grammar
-few, if any grammatical errors
-objective language
-appropriate academic wording
-clear and concise phrases
-proper tense (history happens in the past, so past tense is generally advisable)

-many grammatical errors
-biased language
-casual or informal language, slang, jargon
-excessively long sentences, confusing sentence structure
-incorrect tense
-awkward and repetitive language

-use and cite a variety of published sources (minimum 5 sources).
-books and articles from academic publishers and journals
-published sources are directly relevant to the topic
-sources are properly cited (including page number) in footnotes or endnotes
-works cited (or bibliography) page listing source material in proper format (Chicago Style).
-proper use and citation of primary sources
-footnotes/endnotes in Chicago Style

-essay based on research from only 2 or 3 published works
-research based on unpublished sources, non-scholarly internet sites, obscure journals, outdated or obsolete secondary sources
-secondary and primary sources are not properly cited
-footnotes and endnotes do not follow Chicago Style

Plagiarism will result in an automatic failure: Fail
False Attribution will result in an automatic failure: (i.e. falsely claiming that a statement is supported by a secondary source, or falsely claiming that facts are documented in a specific source). Fail
Failing to provide documentation, including page numbers. Fail