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An Analysis on Thomas and Jane Weir witch trials

You dont actually have to write a outline... just for you to reference if you need.. Here are the instructions Part 1: Writing an outline before writing your essay This part of the assignment is a self-assessment exercise to help you evaluate and improve your essay. As with your short essay outline, you are asked to write an outline of the major essay. The purpose of this task is to help you focus your arguments, select suitable evidence, and structure your essay in a way that flows logically from introduction and thesis statement to conclusion. The outline requires you to formulate an argument about your topic, think about how to organize your discussion, and provide examples of sources you plan to use. It should be completed before you begin your major essay. A topic sentence (also known as a focus sentence) should encapsulate/summarize the paragraph it belongs to. It relates that paragraph back to the essay’s thesis statement and acts as a signpost for the argument of the essay as a whole. Every sentence in the paragraph should relate to that topic sentence, explaining, exemplifying or expanding upon the ideas summarized in the topic sentence. Your reader should be able to identify what your primary arguments and major points are simply by reading your topic sentences. The topic sentences exercise provides an opportunity to focus your thoughts as you write your essay. As you write, think carefully about the first sentence of every paragraph. Does it encapsulate the topic of the paragraph as a whole? Does every sentence in the paragraph relate back to that topic sentence? When you have completed your essay, take the first sentence of each paragraph and copy and paste it onto a separate sheet. Examine the sentences yourself – does the essay appear to flow logically when looking at these sentences alone? If not, you might consider re-structuring your essay. Use the following guidelines to assess your essay outline: Essay outline: Introduction: Thesis statement (one sentence; see a study note in the instructions for the Short Essay Outline for advice on how to formulate a successful thesis statement) Body: Provide four major points to support your argument, with at least ONE example/piece of evidence from the course material to support each point. Note: this is only an essay plan. Your final essay may have more than four major points. Conclusion: Write a short paragraph (not more than 150 words) that draws the essay together, tying your major points back to your thesis statement and concluding the essay. Note: this conclusion is part of your essay plan; your final essay’s conclusion can and should be developed further. Topic sentences: When you have completed the first draft of your essay, take the first sentence of each paragraph and copy and paste it on a separate sheet; Examine the sentences yourself: Do they encapsulate the essences of the paragraphs they belong to? Does the essay appear to flow logically when looking at these sentences alone? (If not, you might consider re-structuring your essay). Part 2: Major Essay In your major essay you will demonstrate all of your knowledge and analytical skills gained in the course in order to address the question of ‘what was going on’ in the course of the Thomas and Jane Weir trial. You are to select one or more of the methodological frameworks that we have covered in this course (i.e., comparisons of elite and popular belief; analysis of gender; discussions of local, state, and religious authority) and apply it to the Weir trials. Using the primary source material covered in Unit 06 as well as in previous units, you will be expected to make a clear argument demonstrating how these sources can be used to tell us more about early modern Scottish witch-hunting and society. Before you begin, you might want to go back and think about the articles we read and discussed in Unit 02. Each of these authors did what you are going to be doing in this assignment: use primary source material from one or more witch trials in order to discuss different aspects of the witch trials using a specific approach. Think about how these different authors used their sources, and see if you can use this as a starting point for your own research. You are free to pick and choose your methodological approach from those covered in this course. Whichever approach you take, however, should be identified very clearly in your introduction and thesis statement. Your essay should analyze the events of the accusations and of the trial through the various frameworks we have studied in previous units (it should not simply provide a summary of events or simply address the surface issue of ‘what happened’). You are free to employ any of the methodologies and/or frameworks we have studied to frame your analysis/argument, including manifestations of elite and popular belief in these cases, interpretations or explorations of gender, or an analysis of the influence of different authorities in the Weir trials. Regardless of which approach you take, your essay should demonstrate a familiarity with the political, religious, and social context of this trial. The 1670s in Scotland were very different from the 1640s, for example, so you should be taking this different context into account when writing your final paper. Be sure to include not only the information that supports your interpretation of the events, but also to acknowledge or explain the elements of the trial that seem to refute your arguments. It is expected you will draw upon both primary and secondary sources from across the course to support your argument. In this course, several primary sources have been used in our discussion of the witch trials, and it is expected that you will bring in evidence from these other sources in order to corroborate your position in this assignment. Some questions you might consider: What was the political, social, and religious context of these trials? How do the Weirs specifically fit into this context? What were the roles of religious elites in these trials? How else might religion have played a role here? How might these records be used to tell us more about gender and the roles of men and women during this time? Are there any differences between the testimony and charges laid against Jane and Thomas? Why? And how useful are these records as sources about early modern gender? Think about how the stereotypes of witchcraft we discussed in Unit 4 and 5. Do the Weirs fit these stereotypes? Why or why not, and how might this have played a role in their trials? What kinds of pressures were involved in the Weir trials? Were these events a concern of local or state authority? Which played the greater role? What kinds of popular and elite beliefs can you see reflected in these trials? Which beliefs appear more prominent in these sources? Why do you think that might be and what can this tell us about this case? Compare the records of the Weir trials to the confessions of Issobel Gowdie. How are they different? How are they similar? How useful are these sources in discussions of witch beliefs, and what can they tell us about early modern society as a whole? Formatting The essay should be between 3,000 and 3,500 words, including footnotes, but not bibliography. Essays should be double-spaced, and include a title page, bibliography, and page numbers. Please follow Chicago Style for all citations. Turnitin Originality Check For this assignment, your instructor will be using Turnitin, integrated with the Courselink Dropbox tool, to detect possible plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration or copying. See more details about use of Turnitin in the course policies in the Outline section. In the Dropbox area, there will be two submission folders created for this assignment: Major Essay (draft): Select this folder for draft essay submission to screen your essay through Turnitin. Once you submit your essay to this folder, you will be able to see and print an originality report that shows you exactly where you have properly and improperly referenced the outside sources and materials in your assignment. Note that you will be allowed ONE submission. DO NOT submit a draft within 24 hours of the essay deadline, as you will be in danger of not having enough time to make revisions to your essay before final submission. You will need to resubmit a final version of your essay using another folder –Major Essay (final). Major Essay (final): Select this folder for final submission of your essay for marking. This must be done before the deadline. Check the Schedule page for specific due dates. Once you submit the final version of your essay, you will not be permitted to see the originality report. Note that you will be allowed ONE submission. Grading Expectations This assignment is worth 100 marks and will be converted into 30% of your overall course grade. The same grading guidelines used for your Short Essay assignment will be used to evaluate the major essay.
You dont actually have to write a outline... just for you to reference if you need.. Here are the instructions Part 1: Writing an outline before writing your essay This part of the assignment is a self-assessment exercise to help you evaluate and improve your essay. As with your short essay outline, you are asked to write an outline of the major essay.
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