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CAN ONE PERSON MAKE A (POSITIVE) DIFFERENCE?
In your life you may have encountered or read about someone who through their actions was able to make a significant POSITIVE difference to others. Your assignment for the paper in this course is to select someone who has made a significant POSITIVE difference in the world and provide arguments to support your selection.
When writing the paper make sure to follow these guidelines:
- Pick ONE and only ONE person to write about.
person can be well known in the United States or internationally or just
- CREATIVITY is important and you will receive a higher grade for an original or different choice of topic. Although everyone has family members who have positively influenced us, please do NOT select close family members like your mother, father, grandmother, siblings, cousins, etc. Also avoid selecting well known public or religious figures who have already been extensively covered like Martin Luther King, Jesus, Mohammed, George Washington, etc.
- Give the person’s name, their occupation(s), and some background/biographical information.
- State why they made a difference – what their actions were – and whom they affected.
- The paper should be 3-4 typed (double spaced, 11-12 font size) pages, or 750 to 1,050 words long.
- Need at least THREE professional sources for your research, such as NPR, PBS, university websites, newspapers, magazines, journals, government websites, or professional organizations. Do NOT use Wikipedia, sparknotes, answers.com, yahoo.com, blogs, Spartacus K-12, etc.
- Make sure you have the correct facts and that statements are historically accurate.
- Cite all information used and direct quotes in footnotes/endnotes; information/quotes used without citations will be considered as being plagiarized.
- Make sure that the paper is logically organized and the narrative easy to follow.
- Check grammar, correct word usage, and spelling (spellcheck is a wonderful thing!)