Lost Boys of Sudan, "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky."
Lost Boys of Sudan, “They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky.”
For the term paper, we will lean heavily on the book by the Lost Boys of Sudan, “They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky.” I strongly suggest reading the book. First, it
is an amazing story that will draw you in whether you want it to or not. Second, it will be very helpful in completing the term paper.
Your assignment is to compare the “typical American” (this does not mean YOU; it means your understanding of how the stereotypical American thinks) understanding of
certain political concepts with how you believe the Lost Boys understand those same concepts, and support your arguments with outside research. Those concepts include:
1) the purpose of government
2) human nature
3) the role/purpose of interest groups and international organizations
6) role of women
You should select five (5) of the above-listed concepts to discuss. If you wish to discuss another concept not on the list, get permission from me first or you will
not receive credit for that concept.
Use examples from the book to clarify/defend your points about the Sudanese perspectives, and evidence from other researched sources to defend your arguments about the
“typical American” perspectives. You are essentially writing a persuasive paper, trying to convince me that you are successfully identifying and explaining each side’s
perspectives. A basic thesis statement for a paragraph would look something like: “I believe the Lost Boys see the purpose of government as ….” You would then make
your argument and try to back it up with evidence. The next paragraph would then start with something like “The ‘typical’ American perspective of the purpose of
government is …” although feel free to be much more brilliant in your writing style.
When using references, either direct quotes or paraphrased material, a full citation of the source is required. You MUST provide supporting evidence for EACH AND EVERY
concept and perspective in the paper. Also, be sure to list all of the sources you used in your paper in a works cited page at the end of your paper. You must cite
your sources using Turabian, APA or MLA formats. I highly recommend using the Citation Machine website or Easy Cite’s website that are on the Web Links page to help
Your paper should be 5-7 pages (plus your Works Cited Page) in length, typed and double-spaced. Use normal fonts (10-12) and margins, and number your pages. I am not a
fan of title pages or report covers. Keep your heading simple and single-spaced (your name is all that is required, really). I grade both content and style, so be sure
that both are quality work. Sixty percent of your grade will be on content, and forty percent will be based on style (spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization,
proper essay structure, professional academic language, good essay flow, avoiding contractions and abbreviations, etc.).
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