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Honors US History II

Writing Assessment
2nd Quarter

Objective: students will strengthen their writing and research skills while reinforcing
course content.

Assignment: all students will write an analytical essay that focuses on the decision
made by the US to use Atomic weapons against Japan in WW II.

 Your research should focus on the following (4) points;

1. Description of use of bombs


2. Arguments for
3. Arguments against
4. Your position based on your research

Requirements: the following are requirements for the paper:

 all papers must use the MLA format


 5 – 7 pages long (double-spaced, font 12, Times New Roman with
standard margins)
 must have an introduction, body, and conclusion
o please underline your thesis in the introduction.
 a properly formatted works cited page (not to be included in your
page count)
 all sources on works cited page must be properly cited in paper using
in-text citations

Grade: This assignment will be worth 100 points towards your quarter grade.

 NOTE: a rubric will be provided in advance to explain how the assessment


will be graded.

Due Date: The paper is due on Monday January 4, 2010

 Late papers will have 10 points subtracted for each day late
 If you would like to hand in a rough draft, please hand your rough
copy to me by December 18. NO EXCEPTIONS!