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USH B Module 3

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Review the steps on the three pages for writing an introduction paragraph, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Writing an Argumentative Essay

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Writing a good introductory paragraph involves several key steps. By following these steps, you can create a strong introductory paragraph that sets the stage for the rest of your essay.

Introduction Paragraph

1. Understand the Assignment: Read the assignment prompt carefully to grasp the requirements and expectations. Identify the key components your thesis statement should address.2.Develop a Working Thesis: Craft a preliminary thesis statement that responds to the question. This initial thesis will likely be refined as you develop your argument.3.Make it Specific: Ensure your thesis is specific and addresses a single, clear idea. Avoid vague or general statements. 4. Clearly State Your Position: Clearly state your position on the topic in your thesis. Your reader should understand your stance and the main point you intend to prove.5. Use Strong Language: Use strong and assertive language in your thesis statement. Avoid qualifiers like "I believe" or "I think" and instead state your position directly.

1. Provide Background Information: Give some context for your topic. Explain the historical event, person, or concept you will be discussing. Provide enough information for your reader to understand the significance of your topic.2. Thesis Statement: End your introduction with a clear and concise thesis statement. This statement should outline the main argument or purpose of your essay. It should be specific and focused, providing a roadmap for the rest of your paper.

Steps to Writing an Introduction Can Include:

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Steps to Writing a Thesis Statement Can Include:

Writing a good body paragraph for a history essay involves several key elements: a strong topic sentence that supports the thesis statement, evidence that supports both the topic sentence and the thesis statement, and analysis that explains the significance of the evidence in relation to the topic and thesis.

Body Paragraph

1. Topic Sentence: Start with a topic sentence that directly relates to your thesis statement. This sentence should introduce the main point of the paragraph and connect it to the overall argument of your essay.Example: "The origins of the Cold War can be traced back to the ideological differences and power struggles between the United States and the Soviet Union following World War II."2.Evidence: Provide evidence to support your topic sentence. This can include specific examples, quotations from primary sources, or statistical data.Example: "One key event was the Yalta Conference in February 1945, where the leaders of the Allied powers—Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt—discussed the post-war reorganization of Europe. While they agreed to divide Germany into four zones, disagreements arose over the future of Poland and other Eastern European countries, which Stalin sought to influence and control."3.Analysis: Analyze the evidence to explain its significance and how it supports your thesis statement. This is where you connect the dots for your reader and show the broader implications of your evidence. Example: "This disagreement reflected the broader clash of ideologies between the capitalist West and the communist East. The Soviet Union sought to create a buffer zone of friendly states to protect itself from future invasions, while the United States and its allies were concerned about the spread of communism and the erosion of democratic principles in Eastern Europe."4. Transitional Sentence: End the paragraph with a transitional sentence that connects the ideas in this paragraph to the next one. This helps to maintain the flow of your argument.Example: "These tensions over the future of Europe would set the stage for the Cold War, as both sides sought to expand their spheres of influence and promote their respective ideologies around the world."

Steps to Writing a Body Paragraph Can Include:

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Writing a conclusion for an argumentative essay is an important step in wrapping up your essay and leaving a lasting impression on your reader.

Conclusion Paragraph

1. Restate Your Thesis: Begin your conclusion by restating your thesis statement in a slightly different way. This reminds the reader of the main argument you presented in your essay.2.Summarize Your Main Points: Provide a brief summary of the main points you made in your essay to support your thesis. This helps reinforce your argument and reminds the reader of the key evidence you presented.3.Avoid Introducing New Information: Your conclusion should not introduce any new information or arguments that were not already discussed in your essay. It should simply summarize your main points and reinforce your argument.

Steps to Writing a Conclusion Paragraph Can Include:

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Prompt: Analyze the changing roles of women from the post-war era through the 1970s.

Step 1: Utilize the information within the 3.2 Part III Learn. After you have finished reviewing information for the prompt move on to step 2.Step 2: Think about the steps to writing an intoduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Look over the rubric, and then go to the page that provides an example of an argumentative essay that answer the prompt above.Step 3: Write an argumentative essay that answers the prompt above.

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Evaluation criteria

What do we want to evaluate?

Beginning1 point

Level of achievement reached in each evaluation indicator.

Developing2 points

Level of achievement reached in each evaluation indicator.

Accomplished3 points

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Exemplary4 points

Level of achievement reached in each evaluation indicator.

Total Points

The score is the value achieved for each indicator (from 1 to 4).

Conclusion

The conclusion does not effectively restate the thesis, summarize the main points, or introduces new information.

The conclusion partially restates the thesis and summarizes some main points, but introduces new information.

The conclusion restates the thesis and summarizes the main points, but may introduce some new information.

The conclusion effectively restates the thesis, summarizes the main points of the essay, and does not introduce any new information.

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Introduction & Thesis

The introduction is not engaging and does not include a clear thesis statement.

The introduction lacks engagement and the thesis statement is unclear or does not present a clear argument.

The introduction is somewhat engaging and includes a thesis statement that presents the main argument of the essay.

The introduction is engaging and provides a clear thesis statement that presents the main argument of the essay.

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Essay Rubric

Body Paragraphs

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Body paragraphs are missing clear topic sentences, relevant evidence, analysis, or transitional sentences

Some body paragraphs lack a clear topic sentence, relevant evidence, analysis, or a transitional sentence.

Body paragraphs mostly a clear topic sentence, relevant evidence, analysis, and a transitional sentence.

Each body paragraph has a clear topic sentence, relevant evidence, thorough analysis, and a strong transitional sentence.

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Example

Argumentative Essay

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Introduction: The post-war era through the 1970s marked a transformative period for women in the United States, as they experienced significant changes in their roles and status in society. From the traditional homemaker of the 1950s to the rising feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, women's roles evolved dramatically, reflecting broader societal shifts towards gender equality. Thesis: The changing roles of women during this period reflect a broader struggle for gender equality and reshaped the fabric of American society.Body Paragraph 1: Topic Sentence: One of the major shifts in women's roles during the post-war era was the re-emergence of traditional gender roles in the 1950s. Evidence: After World War II, many women who had entered the workforce during the war returned to more traditional roles as homemakers and mothers.Analysis: This shift was driven by societal expectations and the idealization of the nuclear family. For example, television shows and advertisements of the time often portrayed women as homemakers, reinforcing these traditional roles.Transitional Sentence: This return to traditional gender roles was a step back in terms of gender equality, as women were once again confined to the domestic sphere.Body Paragraph 2: Topic Sentence: However, the 1960s and 1970s saw a resurgence of the women's movement, challenging these traditional roles and advocating for greater equality. Evidence: The Women's Liberation Movement, inspired by leaders like Betty Friedan, sought to address gender inequalities and promote women's rights.Analysis: Friedan's book, "The Feminine Mystique," highlighted the dissatisfaction and limitations faced by women in the 1950s and 1960s. Transitional Sentence: This movement led to significant changes in societal attitudes towards women and their roles. Women began to demand equal pay, reproductive rights, and an end to discrimination based on gender.Conclusion: In conclusion, the post-war era through the 1970s was a time of significant change for women in the United States. While the 1950s saw a return to traditional gender roles, the 1960s and 1970s witnessed a resurgence of the women's movement and a push for greater equality. Women's roles evolved from being primarily confined to the domestic sphere to actively participating in the workforce and advocating for theirrights. These changes had a profound impact on American society, paving the way for greater gender equality in the decades that followed.

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