A Notable Person: Biography in Essay
For the final Portfolio Project, option #1, write a paper about a person in a period of United States history from exploration to 1877, and explain a challenge the person faced, what that challenge was, and how the person did or did not overcome the challenge.
- Do not write a complete biography of the person’s life.
- Focus on a challenge faced by the person.
- Describe the historical, social, governmental or personal circumstances of the challenge.
- Explain how the person interacted with the challenge.
- Did the person meet the challenge and succeed?
- Did the challenge defeat the person?
- Explain the resolution of the challenge. Was it resolved? Did it continue?
- Does the challenge the person faced continue to challenge American society today? Explain how so or why the challenge no longer exists.
This paper must include a discussion of the following topics:
- a thorough summary of the event including the incidents that took place and the key individuals involved;
- the importance of the event in the scheme of U.S. history; and
- the impact of the event, person, or time in U.S. History.
Simple examples of historical figures and their challenges (do not be limited by this list):
- Christopher Columbus and the challenge of exploration
- Pocahontas and the challenge of Jamestown colony
- Phillis Wheatley and the challenge of being a small female in colonial America
- Abigail Adams and the challenge of the Revolutionary War
- Thomas Jefferson and the challenge of living in a slave society
- Dolly Madison and the challenge of living with a President, James Madison, during a war
- Andrew Jackson and the challenge of Indian removal
- William T. Johnson and the challenge of being a free black in antebellum Mississippi
- James K. Polk and the challenge of the Mexican War
- James Tallmadge and the challenge of the Tallmadge Amendment
- Charles Finney and the challenge of being president of Oberlin College
- John Brown and the challenge of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
- A Civil War soldier (North or South) and the challenge of the Civil War
- A freedmen (male or female) and the of Reconstruction.
This Portfolio requires Portfolio Milestones that are due in the following weeks. (Go to each week’s folder for full details.)
- Week 2: Portfolio Selection/Declaration Posting (5 Points)
- Your topic posting should include the following
- A title
- A fully developed thesis statement
- A brief (2-3 sentences) topic summary
- Possible primary sources.
Your final submission of the Portfolio Project must include at least five sources, including the primary source and a scholarly journal article, to support your paper. Review the Writing Center (Links to an external site.) for help with sources.
- Week 4: Annotated Bibliography (35 Points)
- You should have at least five sources, including at least one primary source and a scholarly journal article, to support your paper. You should fully cite all the sources (and/or images) in your draft bibliography in APA format. You may decide to strengthen the bibliography with additional primary sources, scholarly journals, and secondary sources, but the primary source and scholarly journal need to be included in your final draft.This draft is intended to be a starting point for your paper.For those completing Portfolio Project Option 1 (Essay): Include with your annotated bibliography a paragraph explaining where you found your sources, and any difficulties you continue to have with your project.
- Week 7: Outline (10 Points)
- Create a draft outline of your Portfolio Project. Be sure to designate which option of the Portfolio Project you have decided to complete. Submit based on following directions:.Directions:
- Include a Works Cited page that lists all your sources according to the CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
- You may use this resource (Links to an external site.) for your outline.
- You should have at least five sources, including at least one primary source and a scholarly journal article, to support your paper. You should fully cite all the sources (and/or images) in your outline using APA format. You may decide to strengthen the outline with additional primary sources, scholarly journals, and secondary sources but the primary source and scholarly journal need to be included in your final draft.
- Include with your submission a discussion of your findings and describe any problems you have overcome or need to overcome to have a successful project.
Please adhere to the following requirements for the paper:
- Follow the CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
- Your paper must be between 4-6 full pages not counting the required Title and Reference pages.
- Use at least five sources, one primary source and a scholarly journal article. The textbook is not included in the required sources.
- Construct an introduction and strong thesis statement.
- In the body of the essay, use supporting facts and examples to strengthen your thesis.
- Finish with a forceful conclusion reiterating your main idea.