Kansas/Nebraska Act (Unit VII)
Conduct research around the Kansas/Nebraska Act. Your source can either revolve around the event you chose or it can focus on the philosophies and ideals before/after your event, whichever supports your writing more. Note that you may not find an article specifically addressing both the event you chose and the philosophies surrounding it; in most cases, you will need to use your critical thinking skills to infer the information. You may use more sources if you would like, but those sources cannot include Wikipedia, biography.com, history.com, or other encyclopedias.
Plan and reflect.
Reflect on the change in American life before and after the event you chose. Once you have completed your research, you should sit back to think about what it means to see if you notice any trends and to have a better sense of what you want to convey in your writing. Although it is not required, you may want to develop a short outline to help you organize your thoughts and ideas. Use some of the following prompts to help guide you:
Ask yourself about how historical figures and groups related to your event were shaped by this time period and environment.
Ask yourself how the lives of the people around before and after the event were impacted.
Ask yourself what qualities, ideals, and philosophies you would most like to emphasize, and make sure the facts that you present support it.
Find the perfect anecdote to demonstrate these qualities.
Step 4: Write your assignment.
Your final assignment should include a title page, a minimum of two pages of content, and a reference page. As you are writing, be sure to keep the following in mind:
The introduction should engage the reader and clearly present a summary of the main points that clarify your point of view. The introduction should also include a thesis statement.
The quality of your writing should demonstrate critical thinking.
Organization should clearly present points arranged to illustrate your opening points.
Writing should be clear and concise with no spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors.