A Department of Distance Education (DDE) faculty member will return your outline with comments on how to improve your argument.

There are two (2) writing submissions required in H100. A description of the assignments is available below. These assignments will assess your critical and creative thinking skills, written communication skills, and most importantly, your ability to demonstrate mastery of the H100 material.

(A) Sentence Outline

Your outline will be no less than one (1) typed page and no more than two (2) pages in length. Use 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. Single-space the sentences in the outline; double-space between paragraphs.

You will write an outline of the question you plan to answer in your argumentative essay. Your outline will include an attention step, the thesis, major points of evidence, supporting points of evidence, and a conclusion. Your outline will provide clear detail about what you plan to write in your argumentative essay. Do not include a title page with your outline. Also, you do not have to submit a CGSC Form 1009w writing evaluation for the outline.

You do not have to include a bibliography or citations UNLESS you are using outside sources. While the outline does not require citations, the argumentative essay does require full citations in the form of either footnotes or endnotes. If you include a numbered reference on your outline, then you must include the full citation either as a footnote or as an endnote. The same numbered reference must also appear on your essay.

Paragraph C lists the topics for the outline and essay.

The outline is graded as pass/fail, and is due at the end of lesson H111. See H100 Annex E: Creating a Sentence Outline for specific instructions on creating a sentence outline. H100 Annex E also contains an example outline for your reference. A Department of Distance Education (DDE) faculty member will return your outline with comments on how to improve your argument. The feedback you receive at this point of the process can save you a great deal of frustration later. You must attach the graded outline with your argumentative essay when you turn in that requirement.

You MUST submit your H100 outline for grading and faculty feedback prior to starting work on the H100 argumentative essay. You must receive a “pass” on this assignment before you can submit your essay. DDE will not accept your H100 essay for grading until you have received a passing score on the outline. Furthermore, you are required to submit a copy of your graded outline with faculty comments when you submit your essay.

(B) Argumentative Essay

Your essay will be no less than three (3) typed pages and no more than five (5) pages in length. The essay must be double-spaced and use 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. The page total does not include the title page, footnotes (endnotes), or the bibliography. You will answer ONE of the questions listed below in Paragraph C. This essay is due at the end of lesson H112 (the end of the block), and is worth 60% of the H100 block grade.

The argumentative essay will conform to the writing standards found in:
• H100 Annex A: Concise DMH Style Guide
• H100 Annex B: Documentation Guide
• H100 Annex C: Tips for Writing History Essays
• H100 Annex D: The Argumentative Essay
• H100 Annex E: Creating a Sentence Outline
• ST 22-2 Leader Communication (October 2013)
• CGSC Form 1009w for writing evaluation

Your essay must include a title page, documentation (endnotes or footnotes), and a bibliography.
Always cite your sources. If something is not your original thought, you need to cite your source using either footnotes or endnotes IAW the Turabian style of documentation; do not use parenthetical citations. This includes direct quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of the assigned readings, doctrinal references, or outside sources (see Annex A). You may use the H100 online lessons, readings, and references to help you prepare your assignment. Refer to ST 22-2 for guidance about citations and footnotes. You may also refer to A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition).

You must complete the student self-assessment portion of the H100 Essay 1009w Form for writing evaluation. Submit the 1009w Form when you submit your paper for grading. If you do not complete the student self-assessment on the 1009w Form, your grader will deduct 5 points from your final score.
You must include the question you are answering on your title page. Keep in mind that while you may discuss the implications of your answer for today’s military, THIS IS A HISTORY PAPER. DDE will assess your ability to use history as a tool for informing professional judgment, which is one of the terminal learning objectives for the block.

(C) Choose ONE of the following two (2) topics:

1. Support or refute the argument that World War I is fundamentally similar to warfare as it is practiced today. Use evidence from H100 to substantiate your argument.

2. Analyze the effects of new technology on changes in warfare between the end of the French Revolution/Napoleonic Wars and the beginning of the American Civil War (1815–61).

(D) Final considerations

To do well on the H100 argumentative essay, you must do the following:

1. Receive a “pass” on your outline prior to beginning work on the essay.

2. Use the faculty feedback for the outline to make your essay a better product.

3. Use evidence (specific examples) from H100 to substantiate your argument. The essay is worth 60% of the block grade, and providing evidence in your writing is a REQUIREMENT.

4. Make sure you are answering the question being asked. Read the question thoroughly.

5. Do not provide a simple summation to the question. You must write an argumentative essay, and hence argue your point of view supported by specific examples and/or theory from the H100 block of lessons.

6. Demonstrate your ability to use history as a tool for informing military judgment.

7. Use the Turabian style of documentation to cite your sources. Use either footnotes or endnotes; do NOT use parenthetical citations.

8. You may use outside sources; however, the H100 course materials are sufficient to answer the essay topics.

9. Do not use Wikipedia or other uncontrolled internet sources as they are not subject to the same level of scholarly review or fact checking. Wikipedia is NOT reliable for academic research.
Chronologies are timelines for section.

Student Purchase gives page numbers of books used as source material for Notes and Readings in that section. I have not uploaded all of them. If the writer finds them useful, I can upload the rest.


Please find attached the H100 Writing requirements by the Staff College. The paper and outline document needs to conform to these requirements. Thanks