Primary Source Review Sheet Instructions
1. For the “Primary Source Review Sheet” you must have a total of a minimum 500 of your own words. Quotes from primary sources to support your contentions are in addition to the minimum 500 of your own words. Use the template provided below and your essay should be double-spaced, 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.
2. Address all sources assigned listed in the syllabus for the week’s assignment.
3. If there is only one source assigned, answer question five with a minimum 500 of your own words plus quotes from primary sources with proper citation to meet the criteria listed in the number one instruction.
4. If there are two or more sources assigned, question five would be a minimum 250 of your own words and question six would be a minimum 250 of your own words; totaling a minimum 500 of your own words plus quotes from primary sources with proper citation to meet the criteria listed in the number one instruction.
5. A minimum of two quotes per primary source are required, (not from introduction, but from the actual source with proper citation for each quote), to support your contentions about the main ideas and arguments you find in the document(s).
6. Use the “Written Assignment Checklist” to ensure your essay meets “Basic Format Guidelines,” “Basic Paper Structure,” “Grammar, Spelling, Correcting Typos, Proper Academic Format, and Citation” and staple a copy of the “Written Assignment Checklist” on top of your “Primary Source Review Sheet” essay when turning in the hard copy. For online students merely upload the Primary Source Review Sheet found below on page two.
7. Important Note: The Primary Source Review Sheets, Discussion Board entries, and any other assignment need to be entirely your own words with the exception of quotes used to support your contentions which are properly cited. As mentioned above, the quotes are in addition to the minimum 500 of your own words and you cannot use an entire paragraph quote to meet the minimum 500 of your own words criteria.
8. If you do not follow the instructions listed above you will receive a zero for the assignment.
9. Do not copy and paste information from the Internet or other student’s assignments if doing homework with a fellow student. If you commit acts of plagiarism or academic dishonesty you will receive a zero for the assignment and I will inform the Academic Dishonesty Department.
Primary Source Review Sheet
Class and Section Number:___________________
Title of Document:________________________
1. The original author’s first and last name, (not the editor, (ed.)
2. The year the document was originally written and/or published. If exact year is not given then the decade (Example: 1790s, 1850s, 1960s, etc.)
3. What type of primary source is this document? (Examples: journal entry, diary, personal letter, photograph, etc.)
4. What society and region was the author reflecting on? (Examples: United States in New England factory working conditions, Chinese immigrants in California, White and Black relations in the Deep South, etc.)
Argumentative Essay – A minimum of 500 of your own words plus a minimum of two quotes per primary source properly cited.
An essay has an introduction paragraph that introduces the sources assigned with a thesis statement, body paragraphs that start with topic sentences and end with transition sentences, and a conclusion paragraph that summarizes main points of essay and ties back to thesis statement.
5. What is or are the main idea(s) and argument(s) the author is trying to convey to the reader? (Think about why they decided to sit down and write the document and what their aims were, i.e., what’s their agenda? Is it simply to inform, to inspire people to take action of some sort, to influence political leaders, etc.?) Then discuss your argument about the main idea(s) and argument(s) the author presented. Refer to the syllabus or To-Do list to find the primary source assigned for question five in the proper week.
6. What is or are the main idea(s) and argument(s) the author is trying to convey to the reader? (Think about why they decided to sit down and write the document and what their aims were, i.e., what’s their agenda? Is it simply to inform, to inspire people to take action of some sort, to influence political leaders, etc.?) Then discuss your argument about the main idea(s) and argument(s) the author presented.
Next, discuss how does this document compare, (comment on similarities and/or differences, change over time, and/ or lack of change over time), to the main document we read this week if we read more than one. Refer to the syllabus or To-Do list to find the primary source(s) assigned for question six in the proper week.
Refer to these sources if you are unfamiliar or unsure how to write an argumentative and compare/ contrast essay. Read them in the order listed below.
· Argumentative Essay: Purdue Online Writing Lab – Argumentative Essays
· Compare and Contrast Essay: The Writing Center – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Comparing and Contrasting in Essays
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