A Textual Analysis of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution
Structure and Content: Requirements and Minimums
A unified, content-predictive thesis that reflects a manner of thinking about this issue in every body paragraph. Answer the question by unifying the elements of your argument: Why are these elements you are about to present important? What strings them together? In the end, what single quality or value holds them together? – this is your reasoning for your thesis.
Vivid details about the moment and the man from research from the Young book, documentaries as well as available internet/library research. Explain how the very words of the Resolution led to this disaster. No glittering generalities about “the world” or “people” – develop using detailed, book-available dates, terms and names. Use the stories, names and dates from Young and the three textual sources you produce through your research. Write about the writing.
Good paragraphing – unified, coherent and fully developed. Always revise to discover your true topic sentence (it is always more detailed than the one you originally planned for your pre-writing). A controlled and focused topic sentence accompanied by the examples, each of which is explained in its value and relevance. It’s not self-evident why what you choose to quote is important – don’t just reword what is said – your readers need your input, your guidance. What do you notice in the individual details?
2000 or so words in length. Five plus pages.
MLA Format Requirements
Any student who drops in quotes without introduction and integration will be subject to immediate failure of this essay. Use a signal phrase, mixed quote or paraphrase to integrate your sources. What’s a signal phrase? It’s a key part of paragraph coherence and development, showing a shift from your opinion to the sources and quotes that support that opinion. Check out Hacker or this web site: http://department.monm.edu/english/mew/signal_phrases.htm (Links to an external site.)
Distinguish between opinions of Young, her sources and the makers/defenders of this conflict. This distinction should be clear in your signal phrases and parentheticals.
Five or more total sources to back up your viewpoint. Young, Wikipedia and documentaries will count as part of the required five.
A “Works Cited” page that lists the Young book and any other sources you use in proper MLA Format.