Select any ONE of the below primary sources that interests you and, after reading the source, answer at least some of the following questions in your essay:
Who is the author of your chosen source? What is the time period of the source and what is the topic? What might this article tell a researcher about the time period? What is he/she trying to say? What is his/her point of view? Does he/she make a convincing case? Why or why not? What does the author leave out (if anything)? Does the author exhibit a particular bias? Is there anything in this source that might be relevant to the world today?
Note: Depending on the source you choose, not all of the above questions may be relevant. Answer those which are relevant to your source.
Your essay should consist of two sections: a summary of the article and then an analysis of the article. Try to select a document section that interests you. If it is a topic/person that you are unfamiliar with, be sure to do at least a little research to give you a better background for analyzing the source. If you would like to use additional sources (internet web sites, books, periodicals, etc.,) you are more than welcome to, as long as your focus is on the primary source.
In writing your essay, you should follow the below guidelines:
- Your essay should be a MINIMUM of two FULL pages (it can be longer if you like).
- Your completed essay should consist of a summary (about a page and a half or so) and an analysis (roughly half a page or so).
- All persons, events, concepts in your paper should be introduced/explained clearly…in other words, write your essay as if your audience was another student!
- Your essay should follow one of the accepted styles (APA, MLA or Chicago).
- Your essay should have a cover page and bibliography page (these pages do NOT count towards the essay length).