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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
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• 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
3
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

 
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