Help me study for my History class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.

Paper 1 needs to be two to four pages. Two pages is the MINIMUM. This does not include the heading or any bibliographic content. You will be graded on content and proper writing form. Paper 1 is worth 100 points towards your final grade.

Type needs to be double-spaced and at 10 or 12 point font, Arial or Times New Roman.

In this paper you will look at the colonization of the Americas. You can focus on the Spanish. You can focus on the British. You can compare and contrast the two super powers of the times. That choice is yours. What are your thoughts on their success? What are your thoughts on their methods? Their treatment of the natives? The ultimate goals? As you can see, there are different aspects you can explore. As I have stated in class, I’m looking for your thoughts not a strict retelling of history.

Use quotes and paraphrase to support your opinion. Don’t forget to cite any quotes and paraphrases with MLA format.

I am not looking for another version of history. I am looking for your critical thinking. I am looking for your thoughts on the subject you chose. In the two to four pages of your essay, I will look at and grade you on your critical thinking and writing content. There is a rubric in your files for you to look at if needed.

A few pointers on what not to do. You will lose points if you write in the first person or write in the present tense. This is a history paper and the events took place in the past. If you are having trouble writing in the first person, feel free to send me a paragraph or so of your work. I will be glad to illustrate what can be done here.

Give your essay a title.

A few writing pointers you will find helpful as you continue in college and into the business world.

Spell out contractions. Example: don’t = do not. Didn’t = did not.

Limit your use of descriptives. He, she, they, and so on are acceptable. Do not rely on these in your essay. Example: DO NOT write…’He pioneered the method as he…” Instead you will write …”Ford pioneered the method as he…”

The word IT. There is a person, place, thought, or object that IT describes. Take the time and make the effort to describe IT. You will find your writing improve when doing this.

Get with me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help.

….I do not know how you can write on the topic of your choice without some outside research. I do not require a minimum number of outside sources, but I highly recommend using them. DO NOT use and cite Wikipedia. Use legitimate sites and publications. If you are not sure of what makes a legitimate source, ask me. As I mentioned in class and included in your prompt, use MLA formatting for your essay. Also cite your textbooks in your works cited page. Make sure you properly cite yourself in the body of the essay where needed.