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CHC 2D1 Essay Assignment

The Task:

Select one of the topics/inquiry questions on the second page, develop a thesis in response to it, and write an argumentative essay defending your thesis. Your essay must adhere to the following specifications:

5 paragraphs (introduction, 3 body, conclusion)

12 pt. font

Chicago Style Formatting

The Process:

1. Select a topic/inquiry question.

2. Seek an answer to your inquiry question and generate content for your essay by doing some research:

ü For this assignment, you must consult at least 3 different resources, including at least one that you find using the IRHS library’s online databases.

ü Make sure to document your sources, i.e. record bibliographic information for any source you get notes from.

3. Develop a thesis. Based on your research, you must answer the inquiry question you started with. This should take the form of a clear, precise argumentative statement.

4. Develop and organize your content. Make decisions about which information from your research is most relevant and convincing, how it can be grouped into paragraphs, and (if necessary) where you could use more information; if you do need more, further research may be necessary.

5. Complete an outline. See the outline provided.

6. Write a draft.

7. Edit and revise. Have at least one other person (ideally a classmate) read your draft and make suggestions for improvement. Have your editor use the peer editing sheet attached to this assignment.

8. Good Copy. Once your good copy is completed, you can start preparations for final submission:

ü Upload your essay to turnitin.com (see instructions attached)

ü Submit a copy to your teacher (hard copy, email, or GoogleDoc)

ü Submit all planning and rough work

Topics

Topic

Inquiry Question

1.

Internment of enemy aliens

Was the internment and treatment of enemy aliens in either World War justified?

2.

“Doing your bit”

How essential a role did the home front play in securing victory on the European battlefields during one of the World Wars?

3.

Women

How significant was the contribution of [insert influential Canadian woman] to the advancement of the rights of women in Canada?

3.

Conscription Crises

Was conscription necessary in either World War?

4.

Mackenzie King

Was Prime Minister Mackenzie King successful as a Canadian politician?

5.

Dieppe Raid

Was the sacrifice made by Canadians at Dieppe worth the costs?

6.

The Bomb

Was the US justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945?

7.

The Co-operative

How significant were the contributions to Canadian politics made by the CCF?

Commonwealth Federation

8. Residential Schools

What lesson(s) can be learned from the existence of/ experiences in Residential Schools?

9. A Culture of Fear

How significant an impact did Cold War politics/events have on the way Canadians lived?

10.

Canada and Peacekeeping

Should Canada continue its role as a peacekeeper around the globe today?

(Suez, Cyprus, Somalia, Afghanistan)

11. Tommy Douglas

Is Tommy Douglas, as some insist, the greatest Canadian?

12. The October Crisis

Was Pierre Trudeau correct in calling in the army and using the War Measures Act?

13. The Summit Series

How did the 1972 Summit Series reflect geopolitical realities of the time?

14. Canadian-American

How did [insert event here] affect Canadian-American relations? Options: Cuban

Relations

Missile Crisis, N.A.T.O., N.O.R.A.D., Korean War, Vietnam War, Cruise Missile Testing/Protests, 9/11

15. Pierre Trudeau

What was Trudeau's most important legacy to Canadians? Options: Charter of Rights

& Freedoms, Bi and Bi, Constitution, Just Society

16. Your own topic

Generate a relevant inquiry question and get it approved by your teacher.

CHC 2D1 Essay Assignment

   

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 4+

Criteria

0-49%

50-59%

60-69%

70-79%

80-89%

90-100%

Knowledge

           

Does

Limited

Some

Considerable

A high degree of understanding

Excellent

Demonstrates

not meet

understanding

understanding

understanding

understanding

understanding of

expect-

 

selected topic

ations

/10

Thinking

           

Thoughtfully

Does

Limitedly effective

Somewhat effective

Considerably

Highly effective

Excellent analysis,

analyzes, interprets,

not meet

analysis,

analysis,

effective analysis,

analysis,

interpretation, and

and evaluates

expect-

interpretation, and

interpretation, and

interpretation, and

interpretation, and

evaluation

information

ations

evaluation

evaluation

evaluation

evaluation

Effectively supports ideas with specific details and valid reasoning

/10

Limitedly effective support for ideas

Somewhat effective support for ideas

Considerably

Highly effective support for ideas

Excellent support

effective support

for ideas

   

for ideas

 

Application

           

Effectively applies

Does

Limitedly effective

Somewhat effective

Considerably

Highly effective

Excellent

Historical inquiry

not meet

application of

application of

effective

application of

application of

process (research

expect-

inquiry process

inquiry process

application of

inquiry process

inquiry process

notes, planners)

ations

inquiry process

Effectively applies

Limitedly effective

Somewhat effective

Considerably

Highly effective

Excellent essay

essay structure

essay structure

essay structure

effective essay

essay structure

structure

structure

/10

Communication

           

Communicates in writing with clarity and precision; effectively applies conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation

Does

Limited clarity and precision

Some clarity and precision

Considerable clarity

High degree of clarity and precision

Excellent clarity

not meet

and precision

and precision

expect-

   

ations

 

Communicates in an appropriate tone/voice; uses language suited to the topic/ discipline

/10

Limitedly

Somewhat

Considerably

Highly appropriate tone and voice

Excellent, expert tone and voice

appropriate tone

appropriate tone

appropriate tone

and voice

and voice

and voice

   

Research Note Organizer

Bibliographical Information

Headings/Sub-Topics

Point-Form Notes

Consolidation (most essential idea(s), contribution to answering the inquiry question)

Research Note Organizer

Bibliographical Information

Headings/Sub-Topics

Point-Form Notes

Consolidation (most essential idea(s), contribution to answering the inquiry question)

Research Note Organizer

Bibliographical Information

Headings/Sub-Topics

Point-Form Notes

Consolidation (most essential idea(s), contribution to answering the inquiry question)

Developing and Organizing Content

Thesis:

Roughly diagram the structure of your essay. This can take the form of a list of paragraph topics, a flowchart, a mind map/bubble chart, etc.

INTRODUCTORY PARAPRAPH

Hook/general discussion of topic

Precise, argumentative thesis

ESSAY OUTLINE

Supporting Argum ents (foreshadow your body paragraph topics)

FIRST BODY PARAGRAPH

Topic sentence (state your 1 st supporting argument; should be at least implicitly linked to thesis)

Point/Proof 1 (one reason/piece of evidence in support of your topic sentence; should be highly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

 

_

Explanation 1 (analyze point/proof 1; explai n how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Point/Proof 2 ( a piece of evidence in suppor t of your topic sentence; highly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

 

_

Explanation 2 (analyze point/proof 2; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Point/Proof 3 (one reason/piece of evidence in support of your topic sentence; should be highly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

_

Explanation 3 (analyze point/proof 3; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Concluding sentence (reiterate your 1 st main argument; explicitly link to thesis)

SECOND BODY PARAGRAPH

Topic sentence (s tate your 2 nd supporting argument; should be at least implicitly linked to thesis)

Point/Proof 1 (one reason/piece of evidence in support of your topic sentence; should be highly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

 

_

Explanation 1 (analyze point/proof 1; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Point/Proof 2 ( a piece of evidence in suppor t of your topic sentence; highly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

 

_

Explanation 2 (analyze point/proof 2; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Point/Proof 3 (one reason/piece of evidence in support of your topic sentence; should be hi ghly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

_

Explanation 3 (analyze point/proof 3; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Concluding sentence (reiterate your 2 nd main argument; explicitly link to thesis)

THIRD BODY PARAGRAPH

Topic sentence (state your 3 rd supporting argument; should be at least implicitly linked to thesis)

P oint/Proof 1 (one reason/piece of evidence in support of your topic sentence; should be highly specific; quote or paraphrase

a reputable source)

 

_

Explanation 1 (analyze point/proof 1; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Point/Proof 2 ( a piece of evidence in suppor t of your topic sentence; highly specifi c; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

 

_

Explanation 2 (analyze point/proof 2; explain how it supports your argument and , by extension, your thesis)

_

Point/Proof 3 (one reason/piece of evidence in support of your topic sentence; should be highly specific; quote or paraphrase a reputable source)

_

Explanation 3 (analyze point/proof 3; explain how it supports your argument and, by extension, your thesis)

_

Concluding sentence (reiterate your 3 rd main argument; explicitly link to thesis)

CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH

Reiteration of thesis

Summary of three main arguments

General discussion of topic/ significance / new

_

Instructions for Using Turnitin.com

Instructions for a student that has a pre-existing account:

Sign into your Turnitin account by going to www.Turnitin.com.

Class ID: 11243471 Password: chcroach

1. Click on the gray "Enroll in a class" tab in the upper left of the screen.

2. Enter the seven-digit class ID and case-sensitive enrollment password for the class you wish to add.

3. Click “submit”.

The student should now have the new class listed on their home page when they sign in.

Instructions for students who are New to Turnitin:

1. Go to www.turnitin.com

2. Click on the "create account” link below the sign-in box, and choose to create a new "Student" account.

3. Follow the profile creation wizard.

4. Within the wizard, you will be asked for the Class ID and class enrollment password.

5. You will add your account information (first and last name, email, password, secret question).

When you finish and exit the wizard, you can log in to your account by entering your e-mail address and the password you created in the appropriate fields of the sign in box, and pressing "Sign In."

How to Upload Your Essay:

1. Click on the course assignment.

2. Click on “Submit File”.

3. Choose from the drop down menu how you would like to submit your paper: Choose either: Single File Upload or Cut and Paste. (Warning: Sometimes Cut and Paste alters your formatting).

a. Single File Upload: Choose the location of your file and select it. Click upload.

b. Cut and Paste: Copy and paste your essay into the text box that opens up. Click upload.

c. Complete the required info with your first name and last initial.

CHC 2D1 Essay Assignment Peer Editing

Criteria

Comments

Estimated Mark

Knowledge

   

Demonstrates

understanding of

selected topic

Thinking

   

Thoughtfully

analyzes, interprets,

and evaluates

information

Effectively supports ideas with specific details and valid reasoning

Application

   

Effectively applies

essay structure

Communication

   

Communicates in writing with clarity and precision; effectively applies conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation

Communicates in an appropriate tone/voice; uses language suited to the topic/ discipline