1. Read the description of a standard academic essay below.
2. Research the Just War Theory, looking for reliable academic and peer-reviewed resources. Take notes on the articles that you find.
3. Research specific events in World War II that are relevant to the question of whether it was a just war. Again, look for reliable academic and peer-reviewed resources. Take notes on the articles that you find.
4. Review your notes and any lesson materials that are relevant to the question.
5. Arrive at the position that you will take in your essay, and create an outline in order to summarize the main points that will support your position.
6. Write the essay, ensuring that you use sufficient quotes and evidence in order to support your thesis statement. The final essay must be between 800 and 1000 words.
7. Take time to revise and edit your essay to ensure that it is polished, follows the standard essay format, contains no spelling or grammatical errors, and meets the criteria. You can find information on how to properly format an essay online.
8. Create a Works Cited list with all the resources you used to complete the assignment (10 minimum). Use MLA format. It is recommended that you use an online tool to create a citation list, such as bibme.org or easybib.com..Place your Works Cited on its own page at the bottom of your essay.
1) An essay should have an interesting and engaging title that lets the reader know what the essay will be about in a creative way.
2)An essay must have an opening paragraph that introduces the topic and the position of the essay. The last sentence of the introductory paragraph is the thesis statement, which summarizes the position of the essay in a single sentence.
a)Introducing the essay with a provocative quote, definition, or question is encouraged. This is known as a hook.
b)In a historical research essay, the introductory paragraph should provide some brief historical background and describe the ‘time’ and ‘place’ of the topic.
c)The thesis statement should contain a three-theme thesis statement which outlines the three major themes that are going to be discussed in the essay body.
3)The next three or more paragraphs are intended to prove or give support for the position of your essay. Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence.
a)A topic sentence summarizes what your paragraph is about and provides a transition from the previous paragraph.
b)Supporting details are specific examples that support the topic sentence. This can include historical evidence, expert quotes, and clear analysis in order to support that theme.
c)A concluding sentence should end the paragraph, usually creatively restating the topic sentence in different words.
4)The concluding paragraph should restate the thesis of the essay in different words and provide a clear summary of the rest of the essay, concluding with a sentence that is intended to clinch the argument and give the essay a sense of completion.