FYS 447 – Holocaust on Stage


Who did it? The Jedwabne Massacre Argumentative Essay Assignment


Using the date and evidence from the Jan Gross book Neighbors and from the documentary film Legacy of Jedwabneplease, write an argumentative essay aboutwho is responsible for the Jedwabne Massacre.
The paper (3 pages, MLA format) needs to include, and will be evaluated on the following:

1. First paragraph introducing the topic2. Content – Integrating data and evidence from sources 3. Logical structure of the paper 4. Clarity 5. Mechanics of writing – Spelling, grammar, etc.6. Final paragraph, conclusion 7. Resources, bibliography, citations


Argumentative Essay
The argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic; collect, generate, and evaluate evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner.
The structure of the argumentative essay is held together by the following:
• A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay.• Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.• Body paragraphs that include evidential support.• Evidential support (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal).• A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided.

For more information about arguing a position please, see NORTON 156-182


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