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Imperialism Essay
You are writing a position paper based on the following question: Was

the United States
justified in acquiring new territories during the Imperialist Era? You will
base your answer on ONE of the following territories: Alaska, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii
and Panama. Remember, you are trying to state your opinion and explain why you are right. Be sure to
clearly state your thesis.
1. 600 word minimum. Word count must be in the heading (10 pts)
2. Must have a works cited/ bibliography page (10 pts)
a. 3 Book (one encyclopedia)
b. 1 Database
c. 1 internet
i. One of the above needs to include a primary source
ii. Look up .gov and .edu sites for good sources
3. Support your opinion with facts and ideas. Be sure to properly cite your sources.

4. Rubric for paper:
4 concrete details
3 topic sentences


600 word minimum
Works cited page


Total of points


Total of points


Multi – Paragraph Essay
 Keep in mind: The thesis statement for a multi-paragraph essay is generally more
complicated than for a mini – essay or a body paragraph. It will have either a compound
subject or predicate or be a compound or complex sentence. It will need support from the
two body paragraphs.
 A multi-paragraph essay is constructed according to the following pattern:
o Paragraph 1: Introduction: should consist of at least 40 words and 4 sentences, and
move in a "funnel" progression from general to specific ideas. The first sentence
arouses the reader’s attention and interest, while the fourth and final sentence is
usually the thesis. The paragraph is entirely commentary.
o Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4: Body or Support paragraphs, which should follow the 8 or 11
sentence, format and include transitions connecting the main ideas. The topic
sentences should refer directly to the thesis. These paragraphs should have a
minimum of 100 – 120 words.
o Paragraph 5: Conclusion: should consist of at least 40 words and 3 or 4 sentences.
The conclusion should rephrase the thesis and close the argument. The paragraph is
entirely commentary.

Paragraph structure: (example)
Sentence 1 – Thesis (Topic) Sentence
Sentence 2 – Concrete detail (example to prove/support #1)
Sentence 3 – Commentary (explains why/how the detail proves or clarifies the thesis
Sentence 4 – Commentary (further explains or analyzes CD)
Sentence 5 – Concrete detail (gives a second example to prove/support #1)
Sentence 6 – Commentary (explains why/how #5 relates to #1)
Sentence 7 – Commentary (further explains or analyzes CD)
Sentence 8 – Concrete detail (example to prove/support #1)
Sentence 9 – Commentary (explains why/how #8 relates to #1)
Sentence 10 – Commentary (further explains or analyzes CD)

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