Write an analytical essay based upon the prompt and set of documents below and upload completed work into Blackboard through the link below. Worth up to 100 points.
Must use evidence from ALL of the primary source documents below and may use evidence from other primary and secondary materials in Units 1 and 2. Any essay not making use of evidence from all of the primary sources will be assessed a one letter grade penalty..
2-3 pages in length, 12 point type, double-spaced, 1 inch margins
Analytical, rule of three, style
You should have at least 9 footnotes (parenthetical cites are not allowed) in the modified Turabian style used in this course (see Guide to Citation Style). Anyone not footnoting will loose from one-half to a full letter grade and may end up plagiarizing (at which point you will earn a 0 for the assignment and your work sent to Student Conduct (we are serious about plagiarism).
Do not merely paraphrase other work (whether cited or not) as this is poor scholarship and does not reflect your thoughts and your analysis.
You must review your feedback on the two worksheets and edit your essay prior to turning it in. We require that you type the grade you got on each worksheet into the comments section when you upload your essay for grading. Failure to do so will result in a 5 point penalty assessed to your essay grade.
Write an essay based upon the documents below (and any other sources from the course that you may wish to use) upon the following prompt:
Analyze the role of Indians in the creation of the European colonies.
Required Document 1: Don Juan de Oate, Letter from New Mexico to the Viceroy
Required Document 2: Samuel de Champlain, The Journal of Samuel de Champlain, (1609)
from Topic 2
Required Document 3: Remarks by Chief Powhatan to John Smith, (ca. 1609)
from Topic 3
Required Document 4: Bacon\’s Declaration (1676)
from Topic 4
THE \”RULE OF THREE\” ANALYTICAL STYLE
You will need to use an analytical writing style in this class. The basic form of analytical writing utilizes the \”Rule of Three.\” Simply, the essay thesis should contain a minimum of three points you will develop more in the body of the essay. Each of these pieces has its own paragraph with a thesis and at least three key points/pieces of evidence supporting your analysis.
This is a 3-4 page essay length assignment. Your paper should begin with an Introduction paragraph which sets the prompt in the historical context, the LAST sentence of the intro paragraph is the thesis statement which lists the (minimum of) three points (X,Y,Z) that will be more fully developed in the paper. The first paragraph of the body (paragraph 2) would discuss key point X (this paragraph would have its own thesis as the first sentence, followed by three pieces of evidence/analysis in support), then a paragraph on Y, and finally one on Z. An essay ends with a conclusion paragraph – which sums up the argument you made and ties X, Y, and Z together. The conclusion is NOT the place to introduce new arguments or evidence.
So Rule of Three means three key points in a thesis, a body with three paragraphs (one for each of your key points), each paragraph has a thesis supported by three key pieces of evidence. Followed by a conclusion. (If it sounds as if I keep repeating myself, I am. I want you to remember the style you are to use in this course)
How the Assignment is Graded
The assignment is worth up to 100 points. The following factors are taken into account when I grade:
THESIS – Do you have a well thought out and clear thesis for the whole essay in the introduction? Does each paragraph of the body have its own thesis statement?
EVIDENCE – You must have solid evidence for each point you raise in the thesis. Evidence is not simply a statement, there must be an explanation of how that evidence supports the thesis statement. You must provide a MINIMUM of THREE pieces of evidence in support of each key point of your thesis.
Example: If you were writing a paragraph on the causes of the Cold War, you might use the Baruch Plan as an example. Simply writing \”the Baruch Plan was a cause of the Cold War\” in your paragraph would not be enough to make your point. However, the following sentences would make your point:
\”One cause of the Cold War was the failure of the United States and the Soviet Union to agree upon a plan for nuclear disarmament after World War II. The Baruch Plan, presented by the US, would maintain the American atomic weapon advantage for the foreseeable future. This played into Stalin\’s suspicions of the Americans\’ true motivations toward the USSR.\”
You should have a minimum of three pieces of evidence in support of your thesis (each point of the thesis for the whole essay needs at least its own paragraph in the body and each paragraph of the body needs its own thesis with its own supporting evidence).
HISTORICAL ACCURACY, CLARITY, AND LOGIC
Is your argument clear and does it make sense? Is it historically accurate? Does your evidence prove your point?
Have you properly cited? Have you used the format required in this course (Turabian/Chicago)? You must also FOOTNOTE. Parenthetical cites are NOT allowed.
GRAMMAR AND SPELLING
Is the essay up to college standards for grammar and spelling?
A = 90-100 Exceptional in all aspects noted above
B = 80-89 Above average in most of the aspects noted above
C = 70-79 Average work
D = 60-69 Below average work
F = 0-59 Unacceptable college level workYou