History homework help. Research Paper – Exhibit Proposal
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Remember that you are required to peer review TWO papers (by April 14).
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WORD COUNT: 500-800
Imagine that you have found Isamu Noguchi’s plaster models and other materials associated with
his proposal for a memorial to the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima. The models had been lost
for decades. You tell the Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston about your
discovery, and the curator, Akito Tanaka, suggests that you submit a proposal for an exhibit that
broadens the context of Noguchi’s models. You have already found one argumentative source about
the models, “The Rejection of Isamu Noguchi’s Hiroshima Cenotaph,” by Bert Winther, which is
available through the Academic Search Premier database. You can access that database here.
Mr. Tanaka is requiring that you find a background source, two exhibits, and one more
argumentative source to round out your research before you write your proposal (an explanation
for those sources is below). Mr. Tanaka suggests that there are several ways you could add context
to Noguchi’s models:
1. Investigate the history of memorials
2. Look further into Japanese ancient art discussed in Winther’s article, like the haniwa.
3. Investigate Noguchi’s art
4. Look into the art of New York or Japanese artists who worked at the same time as him.
5. Research ways that other artists have explored some of the themes that Noguchi did, such
as: mother goddesses or nuclear war
6. Any other connection you can think of
Mr. Tanaka strongly suggests that you only investigate one connection, and certainly not all of
these. He reminds you that the word count for the proposal must be between 500-800.
Your essay should include:
● An introduction that briefly lays out the problem, summarizes your summaries of the two
argumentative sources, and introduces your thesis. (I recommend that you write the
introduction after you have written most (or all) of the rest of the paper.)
● A paragraph explaining the background/context. You can draw upon the background source
and the argumentative sources here.
● A paragraph summarizing the first argumentative source.
● A paragraph summarizing the second argumentative source.
● A discussion paragraph that brings together your ideas about the two exhibits and the two
argumentative sources (this may end up being more than one paragraph)
● A separate works cited page (do not include this page in the word count)
Explanations of sources:
Background source: A source, assumed to be noncontroversial, used to provide context–what
writer and reader can stipulate as shared facts and information.
Exhibit: Documents, data, visual images, or other artifacts that the writer analyzes.
Argument source: The conversation of critical views and relevant scholarship surrounding the
writer’s question. Scholarly articles.
Rubric for the Research Paper
Your Research Paper should include an organized introduction with a clear thesis, a
paragraph that establishes the context, summary paragraphs for both argument sources,
and a discussion paragraph.
In order to do well on this paper, you need to do these things:
1. Have an organized introduction with a clear thesis that explains the way you have
added context to Noguchi’s proposal.
No thesis or unclear thesis Clear thesis
4 8 12 16 20
2. Have a paragraph that establishes the background (the context).
No or unclear explanation of context Clear context
2 4 6 8 10
3. Have a thorough and organized summary of your first argument source
Incomplete, unclear, or missing summary Clear summary
2 4 6 8 10
4. Have a thorough and organized summary of your second argument source
Incomplete, unclear, or missing summary Clear summary
2 4 6 8 10
5. Have a discussion section that brings together the argument sources and your
ideas and explores the exhibits (the artworks)
Unclear or missing discussion Effective discussion
6 12 18 24 30
6. Accurate mechanics: grammer, spelling, punctuation, neatness
Poor mechanics Exceptional mechanics
2 4 6 8 10
7. Have a correctly formatted MLA 8 works cited page
Very poor formatting, missing sources Correct
2 4 6 8 10

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