After viewing this week’s video about group conformity and groupthink in the Readings & Presentations section, choose one of these historical events and research it:
1637: Tulip Mania
1692: Salem Witch Trials
1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor
1961: Bay of Pigs Invasion
1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
1978: Jonestown Massacre
2016: United States presidential election
Using the article about the Challenger Disaster as a model, write an essay that applies the ideas in these readings and videos to the historical event you chose. End the introduction with this thesis statement:
What happened during ________________ is an example of how destructive it is to accept the ideas of a group without questioning.
All essays must include the following:
An introduction that makes an attempt to get the readers’ attention, sets the context (audience and purpose), and ends with the thesis statement above followed by a preview of the main points.
This preview creates the expectation in the readers about how the body will be organized, one body section for each main point. Why are the two or three points in that order? The answer to that question is your organizing principle. It could be as simple as the least important point building up to the most important point. Whatever it is, the transitions between the body sections should make the organizing principle clear to the readers.
Use Hacker & Sommers section 3 Building Effective Paragraphs, pp. 40-54, as a guide for how to structure each of the body sections.
The essay must include no more than three credible research sources. Do not use the Wikipedia as a source. Review Hacker & Sommers, chapters 58-62. The sources must be cited in the text of the essay using signal phrases and correctly formatted APA in-text citations. The sources should all be listed on a separate reference page using APA format. College-level writing, which includes spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraph development that conform to the standards in our grammar book, is expected in all of your written work for this course.
The essay must have a final concluding paragraph that summarizes the main points, provides any final important insights, and gives a sense of closure.
In Hacker & Sommers, section 62b, p. 530, you will find a sample paper with title page and references that you should use a model.
This essay should be at least 750 words and must be submitted using APA formatting, including a title page and page numbers. Double-space the text, use one-inch margins, and indent every paragraph. There is no extra line between paragraphs; indenting is enough. The whole document should be in the same typeface.