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For this assignment, you will compose a HISTORICAL ANALYSIS using one primary source to answer the assigned question. Your goal is to view this source as a scholar and utilize it to develop a fuller understanding of American History. For this paper you may ONLY use the primary source and your Textbook (Textbook is to be used for background and historical context ONLY – the focus is on YOUR analysis of the primary source).
Formatting: Each paper must contain a cover page and proper citations, be typed, double-spaced, 3 to 5 FULL pages in length, and use Times New Roman 12pt. font. I will grade you on the quality of your writing as well as the information conveyed. The Writing Center, offers free help in writing essays and I would encourage you to utilize them as a resource.
Citations: In order to avoid plagiarism you must be citing all information in this paper (not just quotes) – this means that each paragraph needs at least one citation (use parenthetical citations). Also, be sure to include a works citied page. Papers without citations will not be accepted. Here is a parenthetical citation. (Jones, 3-5) [See Handout in Blackboard]
Submission: Papers must be submitted through turnitin. Once you have submitted your paper you will receive a receipt – you must keep this receipt – if you did not receive a receipt your paper did not properly submit!
Each paper submitted must contain the following (and it all must be in ONE file):
A Cover Page
3-5 Pages of Text with Citations (note the 3-5 pages does NOT include the cover page, works cited page, or checklist)
A Works Cited Page
A Completed Checklist (found at the end of the is handout)
The emphasis of each paper is on your ability to place a document in its historical context, effectively use evidence from that document to convey an argument, and developing your own historical analysis as a scholar. Below is a detailed list of elements you should include.
Source Background and Historical Context – [This should be the first paragraph of your essay – it will establish the foundation for your analysis]
[For this section refer to the handout in blackboard “How to Properly Use Sources”]
Title of the source being reviewed
Type of source (law codes, narrative, letter, biography, etc…NOT “primary source” we already know that)
Author (also include appropriate biographical information about this person)
When was the piece created and why is this date significant? What is happening in history at this time?
Who is the Audience (and what can you say about them?)
What is the Agenda? What is the author trying to convey and how do they do it?
Description & Thesis – [This should be the second paragraph of your essay – it should clearly establish your argument and thesis] In this section you will establish the argument you will go on to prove in the following section (evidence and analysis) through use of your selected source. The three points of your argument should be clear in this paragraph so your reader can follow how your analysis will answer the question posed for this paper. [Note this should be no more than one brief paragraph]
Evidence & Analysis – [This should be the third – fifth paragraphs of your essay – this is the heart of your paper!] Here you will elaborate on your three distinct points which correspond to the question and analyze each point with evidence as you defend your argument/thesis. Do not just summarize the document (doing so will not earn you any credit) – instead you need to make your own analysis here that is backed by evidence and considers context (also note that repeating what a quote says in your own words is not analysis). You as a student have developed the skills necessary to view a source as a scholar! Your three points here should be YOUR OWN. Note each of these three paragraphs should contain: (1) A Topic Sentence; (2) Evidence from the source – note here short quotes are required; (3) YOUR Analysis reflecting your established thesis [this should be about half the paragraph it is the most important]; (4) Historical Context [here you will draw on what you learned in the reading for the unit]. Note this is to be a historical analysis – it is not an opinion paper or literary analysis.
Conclusion – [This should be the sixth paragraph of your essay] Your conclusion is where you will tie together overarching themes of your paper. Be careful to AVOID sentimental, emotional appeals that oversimplify the topic.
For this assignment, you will compose a HISTORICAL ANALYSIS using one primary source to answer the assigned question. Your goal is to view this source as a scholar and utilize it to develop a fuller understanding of American History.