I. General Guidelines- Typewritten; double-spaced; 3-5 pages length; Citation page at the end; Essay format writing style; spelling errors and sentence formatting will be graded; common writing errors are: 1) one-sentence paragraphs (a major no-no! 2) run-on sentences – finish a thought, finish the sentence.
3) footnoting & spelling errors
4) two Magazine sources; 1 primary source for background para.)
5) selected topic/subject – 1 reference source (for background para.)
II. Review format
A) Historical Synopsis:
1) Background of TOPIC (see text or library databases) and context (subtopic)
B) Transition Paragraph: Thesis/Conclusion
1) 1st sentence – Thesis – why are you writing this paper?
2) Introduce articles (by title or by author & briefly summarize each article
3) Conclusion – In conclusion, I will critique the author’s using a comparison/contrast style (last sentence in this paragraph
C) Analysis/Assessment (2 paragraphs, one paragraph for each article):
In two paragraphs, elaborate and interpret the meaning of each research source (1 paragraph for each source. Each para. will begin with a thesis statement about why the author wrote the article; then give two or three examples from each article to prove the author’s thesis statement (use past tense of verbs; quotes must be footnoted appropriately…”…Quote…” (author p.no.)
These paragraphs are not the place to offer critique as that will be done in the last paragraph.
Personal and scholarly critique of the authors of the articles in a comparison/contrast style. Things to critique include: 1) writing styles 2) adequate presentation which proved the thesis 3) author bias
All can be used to set up a comparison/contrast critique in the same sentence for each.