Guns, Germs, and Steel seeks to explain how Eurasians conquered, displaced, and/or decimated populations in the Americas and Africa. Conversely, he seeks to explain why populations in the Americas and Africa did not do the same to Eurasians. After reading chapters four through eleven, your assignment is to write a 750-1000 word essay that explains the environmental factors that gave Eurasians advantages over Native Americans and Africans. Please include the rise of agriculture, animal domestication, and formation of germs in your essay.
‘A’ quality papers will have a thesis, be well-written, follow the guidelines listed above, adhere to the guidelines for good writing, provide numerous examples to support the thesis, properly cite all examples, and demonstrate that you read and understand the book.
To properly cite for this paper, simply place the page number in parenthesis at the end of the sentence. For example: After entering the camp under a flag of truce, Apache chief Mangas was arrested, tortured, and shot by soldiers. (198-199) 1. Use proper grammar, punctuation and a formal tone. Avoid slang or other informal phrases. Capitalize proper nouns.
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- Do not use first person. For example do not write, “I think the book was great.” Instead, write “the book was great.”
- Make sure that your paragraphs are between 4-8 sentences long.
- Do not use contractions. For example, write do not instead of don’t; cannot instead of can’t; will not instead of won’t; etc.
- Either Underline or Italicize a book’s title. Same for court cases.
- Once you have used a person’s first and last name, you only refer to them by their last name
throughout the rest of the paper. Do not repeatedly use titles like Mr. or Mrs. or Dr. or Judge. 7. Place punctuation inside quotation marks.
- Spell numbers that are two words or less. For example, twenty-eight, sixty-three, twentieth century are spelled out. Numbers like 383, 1935 remain numerical
- Eliminate unnecessary words. For example, “Caldwell shows the importance of race.” This is far better than “Caldwell is able to show the importance of race.”
- Diversify your verb choice and vocabulary. Instead of “Caldwell shows” try using “Caldwell demonstrates” or “Caldwell discusses” or “Caldwell highlights” or “Caldwell chronicles.” Use the synonyms feature on Microsoft Word by right clicking or visit theseraus.com!
- Do not misuse words. If you are uncertain of the meaning of word—look it up. Dictionary.com is a wonderful website. Use it!
- Organize your paper in a clear, logical manner.
- Do not use block quotes.