Total war. “ a war in which all material, military, economic, social, political and ideological resources are mobilised in pursuit of victory.” Given that war affects the participants differently the totality of wwi could be perceived in a variety of



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The Great War: Total War

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The Great War is believed by many historians to represent the dawn of a new era in warfare: that of total war.

...a war in which all material, military, economic, social, political and ideological resources are mobilised in pursuit of victory.”

Given that war affects the participants differently the totality of WWI could be perceived in a variety of ways.

Your job is to explain whether World War I can be considered a total war from the perspective of the average Canadian and clearly describe the way in which WW1 affected Canada and its people. You will respond to the following statement:



To what extent were all the resources of Canada, as listed above, mobilised during the Great War?

Task: using the guided (as in I have done the research for you) research, turn your focussed information into a well-organized 5-paragraph essay.



Thesis: Write a statement that boldly says what you are going to prove in your paper. It should only be one sentence.

ex. Despite the impressive nature of Canada’s involvement in the Great War it was in fact not a total war due to the lack of war time mobilisation on the home front.



Plan of Development: Outline the three key reasons/themes you are going to use to prove your argument. Each of these three points will represent a paragraph in your essay.

Template: Use the attached template to help you write your essay. Use it as a guide to assist you in organizing your paragraphs.

Summary: respond to the above prompt and prepare a five paragraph argumentative essay. The paper will likely be somewhere between 700 and 1000 words.

Essay Planning Sheet

Canada and World Studies Department
Hopefully the following template will help guide you in building your history essay! A few simple rules to follow:


  • avoid first person narrative (I think…)

  • avoid contractions (can’t, don’t). Use the full words (cannot, do not)

  • Use 12 pt. (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri) font, double spaced and word processed

  • quotes/references do NOT have to be italicized

  • Spell-check is not always right!! Edit (re-read) your work! Get someone else to do it, too

Title Page

There are 5 things on a title page:



  • A title make it interesting… not just “History Essay” or “Vimy Ridge”. Hint about your thesis

  • Your name very important! This can be centred under the title or in the lower right corner

  • Teacher’s name  spell it right! Use the correct honourific (Miss, Ms, or Mrs.)

  • Course Code get it right

  • Due date write the date out in full ie. October 3, 2012.

You should not have any graphic or photo on a formal essay title page.

Introductory Paragraph

WORDS OF INTRODUCTION







THESIS QUESTION

  • begin by stating the question you will be answering







THESIS STATEMENT

  • an answer to the question that is different from your plan of development







PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT

  • a sentence outlining the content of your 3 body paragraphs

  • should be in order (eg—the first point mentioned in the plan should be the topic of the first paragraph, the second paragraph, and so on)




CONCLUDING SENTENCE

  • wrap up the paragraph, perhaps by rewording your thesis




Body Paragraphs- for this assignment you will have three (3).

In general, body paragraph #1 should be your second strongest set of arguments,#2 should be your third strongest set of arguments, #3 should be your strongest set of arguments.


However, sometimes it is best to place your arguments in chronological order, especially in a history essay. It would be awkward to write an essay on the lessons learned in the battles of WWI by starting with Passchendaele and ending with The Somme!

TOPIC SENTENCE

  • a simple sentence stating what your paragraph will be about

  • similar to your essay’s thesis, keep it simple




ELABORATION

  • a sentence expanding in some way on your topic sentence

  • this sentence will be used as a mini plan of development for the paragraph




EXAMPLE #1

  • begin by supplying evidence of the issue in one or two sentences






ANAYLSIS #1




EXAMPLE #2

  • begin by supplying evidence of the issue in one or two sentences






ANAYLSIS #2

  • this group of sentences explains how the first reference proves the thesis

  • this group of sentences analyzes the relevance of the first reference




EXAMPLE #3

  • begin by supplying evidence of the issue in one or two sentences






ANAYLSIS #3

  • this group of sentences explains how the first reference proves the thesis

  • this group of sentences analyzes the relevance of the first reference




CONCLUDING SENTENCE

  • this sentence wraps up the paragraph

  • often a simple re-wording of the topic sentence




Concluding Paragraph

THESIS RESTATED







EXAMPLES SUMMARIZED

  • a rewrite of your plan of development from your introductory paragraph

  • a summary of the evidence put forward in two or three sentences

  • do not add any new information







WORDS OF CONCLUSION

  • a few sentences that tie up your thesis nicely

  • leave the reader with something to think about (what this topic means for the future)




Bibliography/Works Cited/References

This always appears at the end of your research essay. It includes all sources that you have looked at and used in researching your essay. There are several styles that can be used. You must always use the style that your teacher asks for.


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