Argumentative Essay Assessment & Resources

  • Overview: The following prompt requires you to construct an argumentative 5-paragraph style essay that integrates your interpretation of the sources below and your knowledge of the topic. Only papers that both cite key pieces of evidence from the sources and draw on knowledge will earn high scores. Students will only be able to cite from sources below and must use a minimum of 4 sources.

     

    Prompt:

    For over three years after the crash of the stock market in 1929, economic conditions in the United States grew worse.  By 1932, the nation had plunged into the worst economic disaster in its history.  In the Presidential election in 1932, the Democratic Party nominated Franklin Roosevelt for president as he proposed to end the depression.  In the party platform adopted at their convention, the Democrats stated:

     

                “The only hope for improving the present condition, restoring employment, affording permanent relief to the people, and bringing the nation back to the proud position of domestic happiness and of financial, industrial, agricultural, and commercial leadership in the world lies in a drastic change in economic governmental policies.”

     

    Please explain the extent to which you Agree or Disagree with the Democratic Party’s proposal to end the Great Depression.

     

     

    Format and requirements:

    1. MLA format
    2. 5 paragraph format with an introduction paragraph followed by body paragraphs in support of the thesis that concludes with a concluding paragraph.
    3. In text citations done in MLA format.
    4. Students must also submit their papers to turnitin.com.

     

    Sources:

    Type of Source

    Title and Author

                   Document

    In text citation

    (MLA format)

    Letter

    Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by Minnie Hardin

    A

    (Hardin)

    Letter

    Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by Mrs. H.E.C.

    B

    (H.E.C.)

    Textbook

    United States History

    C

    (United States History #)

    Quotes

    Various Resources in Notes by Herbert Hoover

    D

    (Hoover, see notes in-text citation)

    Quotes/

    Illustration

    Various Resources in Notes by others

    D

    (see notes in-text citation)

    Quotes/

    Illustration

    Various Resources in Notes by others

    E

    (see notes in-text citation)

    Quotes

    Various Resources in Notes by Franklin Roosevelt

    E

    (Roosevelt, see notes in-text citation)

    Notes

    In-Class Notes by Ms. Goelz

    F

    (Goelz)

     

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