Project #62269 - Word History: Part 14- European Explorations and Expansion.

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Focusing on a single source and relating it to content that we have already discussed will provide further practice in developing historical thinking skills. Choosing a primary source, you will study and think about that source, explaining its historical context and discussing the source’s significance.

Choose one of the sources found here (Links to an external site.). In the table of contents, choose one of the following sources: 12.1-12.7, 14.1-14.7, 14.9, 15.1, 15.2, 16.1. With the longer sources (more than two pages), you are not expected to write about the entire source, but may choose a section.

  • In the first paragraph, briefly summarize the source you have chosen, and explain what you think its main point or argument is (one paragraph; you may write in the first person in this paragraph)
  • In the second paragraph, find and explain available information on the author, answering the standard who, what, when, where questions, and also discuss authorial intent (what was the author(s)’ motivation in writing the source?)
    • For information on the author, use the introduction for the source, and/or the Patterns text
      • If no information is available, you may use Wikipedia (but no other online sources are to be used)
    • In analyzing the author's intent, think historically and explain your reasoning (there may not be a definitive explanation, so if you have to guess, explain why your guess seems convincing to you)
      • Figuring out the argument or main point of the source will help you determine the author(s)’ intent; you would also want to discuss the argument/main point in your discussion and explanation of intent
  • The third paragraph will deal with historical context, relating the content of the source to specific historical events or developments
    • Your discussion of context must not only summarize the immediate context of the source, but also look at larger developments taking place at the time
      • You would also want to discuss the source's argument/main point in your discussion of historical context
  • The fourth and fifth paragraphs will deal with any questions that the source raises (each paragraph will address one question, and speculate on possible answers) 
    • Questions should be "how" or "why" questions: for instance, how the author might know what he or she claims to know, or why the author makes certain claims, or frames her or his argument in a particular way
    • Do not list questions relating to unfamiliar names, terms, or ideas in the source that can be solved by looking in the book or searching on the Internet
  • The sixth paragraph will be a conclusion that examines the source’s historical significance in summarizing your analysis

The primary source essay will be assessed (out of 100 points) on organization and the accuracy/relevance of your information and analysis, on the accurate use of relevant historical detail, and on how well you express an understanding of historical thinking in your analysis. Write clearly and concisely, and please watch for typos, and errors of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Cite all information and ideas taken from other sources; citations and a list of works cited should follow either MLA parenthetical citation format or Chicago Manual of Style notes/bibliography format. We will discuss how to cite the sources in class.

After the essay has been graded, you will have an opportunity to revise it. If you choose to revise, your overall grade for the assignment will be an average of the two attempts. The primary source essay is due on at the start of class Monday, March 2.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 03/15/2015 05:00 pm
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