African History

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For this assignment, you are to write a 500 word paper (approx. 2 pages double-spaced) that makes an historical argument.  For this assignment, you will practice writing a thesis statement and explaining which one of the geographic factors that caused the 2002 shipwreck of the Senegal state-owned passenger ferry The Joola (pronounced JOE-LA).  

Category: Mathematics & Physics Subjects: Algebra Deadline: 12 Hours Budget: $120 - $180 Pages: 2-3 Pages (Short Assignment)

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AFH 2000 Fall 2020

Paper#1 The Joola

Writing a Thesis Statement Due Date: by Tuesday September 8 at 11:59 PM

Description In September 2002, as university students were returning to school, the West African country of Senegal experienced a devastating maritime disaster. The government-run ferry known as The Joola (pronounced Joe-la) sank in the Atlantic Ocean, killing 1, 863 people. Despite the magnitude of this event, little is known about it outside of West Africa. For this assignment, you are to write a thesis statement that explains what key factor caused the 2002 capsizing of the Senegalese passenger ferry the Jolla. Then you are to write a mini essay of four to five paragraphs that uses evidence form your reading of Karen Barton’s essay, “The Joola: The Geographic Dimensions of Africa’s Greatest Shipwreck” to make your argument.

The key to a well-written paper is a strong thesis statement. A thesis statement is an assertion not a declarative statement of fact. It is an argument that can be proven or disproven. For this assignment, you are to develop an original thesis and write a short essay based on your thesis. First, read the article in the online publication, Focus on Geography Volume 60 by University of Northern Colorado Geographer Karen Barton called, “The Joola: The Geographic Dimensions of Africa’s Greatest Shipwreck.” https://focusongeography.org/publications/articles/joola/index.html

Second, develop your argument about why the Joola happened by writing a thesis statement in two to three sentences. In your thesis statement make sure to refer to the geographic context (where and when it happened). Then state your argument for why it happened by focusing on the factor that stands out most to you from your reading of Barton’s essay. Type your thesis statement on the top line of your paper after your name and the title of the paper or on the first page following your title page.

After you have isolated your thesis statement at the top of page one, write a four to five paragraph double spaced mini essay (approx. 500 words, no more than two pages) in which you state your thesis in the introductory paragraph. In the three to four paragraphs that follow, explain your argument using your reading of Barton’s essay. For this assignment, you are to practice paraphrasing or explaining the evidence presented by Karen Barton by using your own words. For more on paraphrasing see the handout “Writing for History” in the Handouts module on Canvas. This assignment satisfies course learning objectives CO3 (Writing) and CO4 (Global Awareness). Format Follow these guidelines and use the “Writing for History” handout for more information on the standard format for paper submissions:

• Assignment must be typed, double-spaced and proofread • Assignment must be written in an MS Word document


• Use a font for academic writing such as Times New Roman, 12 point, with one-inch margins on the right, left and top and bottom

• Insert page numbers on your essay • Give your essay your own title • Only use the materials assigned. Do not use other sources from the internet or

elsewhere. • For citations use parenthetical reference (Barton, “The Joola,” Focus on Geography, pg.);

Use each tab (dot for navigation) as a page number i.e. dot #1= pg. #1. Submitting the Assignment

• Go to “Assignments” on the Canvas course webpage • Click on the “Thesis” Turnitin Assignment link • Upload your MSWord document to the Turnitin Dropbox for the “Thesis” Assignment • Save a back-up copy on hard drive, flash drive or in the cloud • Turnitin will scan your assignment for potential evidence of plagiarism. You will see the

“originality report” after you have submitted the assignment. If it shows a high index for plagiarism, then you have 24 hours to resubmit the assignment.

Grading Rubric

“A” Thesis: 5= Excellent

“B” Thesis: 4= Good

“C” Thesis: 3= Average

“D” Thesis: 2= Below average

“F” Thesis: 1= Unacceptable

Argument Writer presents clear and compelling argument, not a statement of fact or a question; Writer does not summarize content but introduces subject; Thesis answers the assigned question; Writer shows evidence of critical thinking

Argument Writer presents an argument not a statement of fact or a question; Writer does not summarize content but gives brief introduction of subject; Thesis generally answers the assigned question; shows some evidence of critical thinking

Argument Writer presents an argument, but it is weak and should be developed more; Writer tends to summarize and does not contextualize argument. Thesis generally answers assigned question; Weak evidence of originality or critical thinking

Argument Writer states a fact or question and does not present an argument; Writer does not elaborate upon or contextualize the argument; Writer makes shows little or no evidence of critical thinking and thesis statement is not innovative

Argument Thesis meets none of the abovementioned standards


and original thought Organization Thesis statement is coherent and well thought out; The sentences flow in a logical manner; Writer follows directions (adheres to approx. word limit)

Organization Thesis statement mainly clear and coherent; Needs improvement with the logical progression of sentences; Writer follows directions (adheres to approx. word limit)

Organization Thesis statement lacks coherence; Clarity of argument and logical flow of sentences need improvement; Writer does not consistently follow directions (poor attention to world limit)

Organization Thesis statement is not coherent and lacks clarity; There is weak logic or flow to the statement; Writer does not follow directions (egregiously over or under the word limit)

Organization Thesis statement does not correspond to any of the standards for organization mentioned here