You will write the introductory paragraph of a history paper based on one of the questions you identified in your topic exploration worksheet (which is attached). THE LINKS ARE ALSO PROVIDED ON THE TOPIC EXPLORATION WORKSHEET
To do this, however, you must first find out a bit more information about your topic and draft a research plan.
You will not write the entire paper, just the introduction to the paper that concludes with a thesis statement. The following critical elements will be assessed in a Word document of 3–5 pages that combines both your research plan (Critical Elements I-II) and your introduction (Critical Element III).
YOU WILL GO BASED ON THIS THESIS STATEMENT:
First Research Question: How did the impact of the atomic bomb affect the air, water, and soil from then until now?
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Compile secondary sources about your event that address the following questions using the provided materials. Be sure to cite your information using the most recent version of APA guidelines. Based on the sources you have selected, address the following questions:
A. What is the historical context of the event? In other words, what was going on in the world/area/society around the event?
B. How did the historical context influence the event? For instance, what was happening in the world/area/society around the event that impacted how it occurred?
II. Compile primary sources you could use for additional information using the provided materials. Be sure to cite your information using the most recent version of APA guidelines. Based on the sources you have selected, address the following questions:
A. Discuss how the primary sources relate to the secondary sources. Do the primary sources support what the secondary sources are telling you, or do they contradict what those sources have told you?
B. Explain what these primary sources add to your understanding of the topic. How does it help you understand the topic better than the secondary sources?
III. Write your introduction.
A. Based on your primary and secondary source research, turn your research question into a thesis statement that addresses your topic and how it has been influenced by its historical context.
B. From the knowledge you have gained from your primary and secondary sources, determine what background information you will use in theintroduction to lead to your thesis statement.
C. Write your introduction. Be sure to incorporate your background information and to conclude with your thesis statement.