Link for Grading and Writing Information:
Choose a moment we have discussed in class and write a paper that argues how this moment significantly altered race, ethnicity, or gender relations in the United States. Use at least three pieces of evidence to support your claim.
Be specific in the moment you choose. Decades-long events, like slavery or the Great Migration, would be too large and vague. If you’d like to write about those topics, pick a distinct moment (like the sale of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619) and argue that moment proved important to history.
Consider people’s choices. Nothing was destined, or “had”, to happen. People made real choices that had lasting effects and other people reacted to those choices.
It doesn’t have to be a huge change. Not everything we discussed was life-or-death, or drastically altering lives for generations to come. You can write about subtle shifts in the culture, or how only small parts of people’s lives changed.
Feel free to run any ideas past me.
This paper will be shorter than the midterm essay, but I’d still like you to structure your thesis as an argument. 700 to 1000 words, typed, double-spaced.
There must be at least three citations in the paper and the Takaki book must be at least one of the sources used. If you do not want to use Takaki, you must use a non-internet published source written by a historian and you must get my approval to use this source. If you do not have an approved historian as a source, you will lose points!
Due December 16.
You are completely welcome to email me with your ideas or thesis drafts if you like.
Note: Please don’t submit with .pages docs. If you’re using Mac Pages to write your essay, covert the file to a pdf before you submit it to Canvas. Canvas doesn’t do .pages docs very well and they take a long time to open.
Here is the PowerPoint I used in the video: H21- Historial Essays.pptx Download H21- Historial Essays.pptx.
If it helps, here is the grading rubric I use for essays.
You cannot use me, my videos, or my slides as a source. Part of this assignment is the research, so if you want to use information you’ve learned from the videos, then you must find it someplace else and cite that. None of my information is particularly hard to find. If you’re having trouble, I’m glad to help you find sources.
Below is a list of good internet sources, cites that are acceptable but not preferred, and sites you should never use in academic papers. If you are unsure if an article is a good source or not, just search the author’s name to see if they have any academic credentials. If you can’t find the name of the author, it’s probably not a good source.
Good internet source
Acceptable, but not preferred internet source
Not a good internet source. Do not cite!
Any cite that ends with a .gov or .edu
Journal articles found on the campus library website.
Books by historians.
Books by any university press.
Major news outlets. like NYTimes, NPR, CNN, Fox.
Google Books (depending on how much you can see of the book you’re using)
Fringe news outlets like Breitbart or InfoWars.
If there are a lot of ads that cover up text, its probably not a trustworthy site.
If there are links that show a picture of a buxom woman in a tank top that says You wont believe this wardrobe malfunction, it is probably not a trustworthy site.
Essay sharing cites (plagiarism will result in an automatic fail).
Famous quote cites, like brainyquotes.com (they are often wrong).