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· Apply the characteristics of persuasive writing to turn the Literature Review into a persuasive argument.
Be sure that:

· The persuasive argument begins with a strong hook or compelling statement that introduces the topic to the intended audience.

· The position taken by the author is clearly evident throughout.

· Word choice, tone, and points made are designed to resonate with the intended audience.

· The persuasive argument presents a firm position that is supported by facts and examples from the Literature Review.

· An opposing viewpoint is appropriately refuted and supported by facts and examples from the Literature Review.

· The persuasive argument culminates with a brief compelling conclusion.

APA Format Include 2 References

Current Issues Presentation (Religion In The Modern World)

Current Issues Presentation (Religion In The Modern World)

This assignment is designed to help you identify the relevance and importance in society today for a religious tradition you would like to study further.

Choose one of the religions discussed in this course (Shinto religion)

Create a 15- to 20-slide presentation to summarize the key ideas of the religion you have chosen.

Include the following:

  • -What are common characteristics your chosen religion shares with the other religions such as Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.?
  • -How is this religion responding to challenges (e.g., the rise of critical and scientific methodologies) in the modern world?
  • -What has changed about the roles of women in the religion over time?
  • -Discuss eastern religion and contemporary ethics.

Include a title slide and a references slide, and any applicable images.

Use bulleted items on the slides and more extensive materials in the speaker notes.

Cite at least three references in addition to Experiencing the World’s Religions.


Format  consistent with course-level APA guidelines.

US History

US History

With some events that shaped Western Expansion and the Antebellum South. Take a look at the 1793-1857 timeline here. For this assignment, you will pick one of the events identified on the timeline and discuss how that event prompted a change in national philosophies or ideals. In addition to discussing a specific event from the timeline, you will also want to take into consideration how the nation’s views had evolved to the point of the event you choose. Incorporating ideas and related concepts from previous units may help you develop your ideas.

Below are the steps you will need to take in order to successfully complete this assignment.

Step 1: Choose an event. Choose an event from the timeline above that interests you the most. Your research will surround this event, so it is important to think about what you want to learn more about.

Step 2: Conduct research. Conduct research around the event you chose. For this assignment, you are required to utilize at least one source from the CSU Online Library. Your source can either revolve around the event you chose or it can focus on the philosophies and ideals before/after your event, whichever supports your writing more. Note that you may not find an article specifically addressing both the event you chose and the philosophies surrounding it; in most cases, you will need to use your critical thinking skills to infer the information. You may use more sources if you would like, but those sources cannot include Wikipedia,,, or other encyclopedias. Click here to view a valuable resource that will walk you through tips and tricks on how to use the library for this assignment.

Step 3: Plan and reflect. Reflect on the change in American life before and after the event you chose. Once you have completed your research, you should sit back to think about what it means to see if you notice any trends and to have a better sense of what you want to convey in your writing. Although it is not required, you may want to develop a short outline to help you organize your thoughts and ideas. Use some of the following prompts to help guide you: Ask yourself about how historical figures and groups related to your event were shaped by this time period and environment. Ask yourself how the lives of the people around before and after the event were impacted. Ask yourself what qualities, ideals, and philosophies you would most like to emphasize, and make sure the facts that you present support it. Find the perfect anecdote to demonstrate these qualities.

Step 4: Write your assignment. Your final assignment should include a title page, a minimum of two pages of content, and a reference page. As you are writing, be sure to keep the following in mind: The introduction should engage the reader and clearly present a summary of the main points that clarify your point of view.

The introduction should also include a thesis statement.

The quality of your writing should demonstrate critical thinking.

Organization should clearly present points arranged to illustrate your opening points.

Writing should be clear and concise with no spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors.

APA formatting guidelines should be used for this assignment.

Florida History

Florida History

What was the number one difficulty that Pedro Menendez de Avilés had to overcome in establishing Spanish settlements in La Florida?

Provide at least one reference, cited and referenced in APA Style format.

Submission: Post your response as your initial response. Initial response should be 6 to 8 sentences.

“Historical Event Influence”

Choose one (1) historical event and discuss the effect that it has had on you. Provide a rationale for your response.

US History Semester Project

US History Semester Project

  1. How does John Winthrop view class structure?
  2. How does Christianity justify this class structure and what is the social value of these relationships?
  3. What duties to the community do its members have?
  4. What defines a the “city upon a hill?”
  5. How does Jonathan Edwards’ view of the Christian Community differ from that of John Winthrop’s view?
  6. How does the tone of Edwards’ sermon differ from that of Winthrop’s sermon?
  7. Are the two sermons similar in any way?
  8. What do these two tell us about the changes in New England religion over time?


  1. According to Mun, what social role do merchants play?
  2. What defines a good merchant?
  3. What abilities were most useful for a successful merchant?
  4. What was the national value of commerce and what was its ultimate goal?
  5. How did the voyage of laborers from Europe differ from those coming from Africa?
  6. How were these voyages similar?
  7. Once in America, what were the differences between being an indentured servant and being a slave?
  8. What was the social cost to laborers and slaves in serving the interests and goals of commerce?


  1. According to Mun, what social role do merchants play?
  2. What defines a good merchant?
  3. What abilities were most useful for a successful merchant?
  4. What was the national value of commerce and what was its ultimate goal?
  5. How did the voyage of laborers from Europe differ from those coming from Africa?
  6. How were these voyages similar?
  7. Once in America, what were the differences between being an indentured servant and being a slave?
  8. What was the social cost to laborers and slaves in serving the interests and goals of commerce?


  1. Why were the documents drawn up?
  2. How would you characterize the Rights (Rites) and Liberties of citizens of Massachusetts under the provisions of the document?
  3. How would you characterize the Court Proceedings in Colonial Massachusetts?
  4. How would you characterize the rules concerning freemen, women, children, servants, and foreigners?
  5. How would you characterize the liberties of the church in Massachusetts? Was there separation of Church and State?
  6. In both colonies where does power reside?
  7. What are the major differences and similarities between the two documents?
  8. Which document is most like the United States Constitution?

Disscusion American History

You have been divided into two groups. For this forum, Group A (Last name A-M)  will assume the role of an individual who supports immediate abolition, while Group B (Last name N-Z) will argue for gradual emancipation. Each of you should post a statement in support of your position or opposition to the other argument.Try not to make assumptions. Instead, assume the historical role of someone who lived in the United States in 1820s or 30s – you can be a real person (statesman, abolitionist, former slave) or a fictitious individual. Be creative – include complementary arguments such as land expansion, economics, African colonization movement, religion. The most sophisticated debates will take into account that slavery was a business and would have economic impact on the nation. You can argue based on moral reasons for eliminating slavery; however, this is just one place to start your debate.

After your initial submission, you are then required to continue the debate by responding to two of your classmates.

minimum 250 words. 

SOME of this debate took place when the U.S. Constitution was ratified and northern states crafted new state constitutions.

Radical Abolition of Slavery
Definition: “Radical” abolitionism is the belief that all forms of slavery should be stopped immediately, with full emancipation granted to slaves.
Gradual Emancipation
Definition: “Gradual Emancipation” was the form of an anti-slavery movement that allowed for the step-by-step liberation of African-American slaves.

Bucket List

Bucket List

After viewing the film the Bucket List, create your own bucket list, describing ten things you would want to accomplish if you knew you only had 6 months to live. Write about why you have chosen these 10 items? Are any of them more important to you? If these are things you want to accomplish before you die, what steps could you take in your life now to achieve some of these dreams?

Terrorism & US National Security

Defining Terrorism Compare and contrast the different definitions of terrorism.

Most definitions include the use of violence to create fear.

The Department of State focuses on sub-national groups

The Department of Defense includes the threat of violence.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation notes that terrorism is illegal.

The Department of Homeland Security concentrates on critical infrastructure.

In a two to three page paper (not including the cover page an reference page), compare and contrast these definitions; identifying the similarities and the differences.

Discussion 3

Discussion 3

View the video link below.  Tom Ryan, founder of Smashburger, explains how he exploited a gap in the hamburger market between the value-oriented fast food burger joint and the more time consuming sit-down restaurant.  Smashburger sells premium priced gourmet burgers in an inviting atmosphere with speedy service.  A key challenge for Ryan was identifying the right balance between price and quality.  Discuss the following,
– how does Smashburger’s differentiation strategy allow them to charge premium prices?,
– what is Smashburger’s pricing strategy? (discuss the balance betwen price and quality),
– and what challenges did Smashburger face in the latest recession of 2008?.

Post your response. Post your response.   Your main response should be a minimum of 150 words and no more than 250 words. You will also need to respond on at least two classmate’s response.

Link to “Smashburger”