Study guide for final and document analysis
Study guide for final and document analysis HIS 101 Cr.3
UW - L
Popular in Global Origins of the Modern World
Popular in History
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At the beginning of our course meeting on December 4 students must submit a 46 page doublespaced typed analysis of John Gast s painting American Progress 1872 In this exercise one should strive to summarize and interpret the work s purposes and main ideas connecting these to the global world historicalcontext that framed the painting39s production and US expansion across the North American continent Papers receiving high grades WILL make reference to relevant readings assigned and information presented in lectures given throughout this course but formal citations footnotes are unnecessary Citations should take the form of something like quotIn Defoe39s Robinson Crusoe quot or quotIn 39What is Enlightenment Kant argues thatquot or quotConrad39s Marlow statesquot It Will also be good to indicate one39s knowledge and to know of both the author or creator painter for example of a given work and the original year of publication andor creation On Writing and Submitting the Paper One39s paper should include a title Put a title one39s LEGAL OFFICIAL name instructor39s name HIS 101 and the time of one39s section 1100 or 1205 on a title page Not including the title page papers must be 4 6 pages in length Within that range there is no necessary correlation between length and the way I will assess papers One39s essays must be typed and double spaced with 12 point Times New Roman or Cambria font Use standard margins the defaults of the typical word processor Papers MUST be stapled I will reduce the grades of unstapled papers As always questions can be emailed to giguchiuwlaxedu If students have been attending class nothing regarding this assignment should be foreign new or surprising to them Reproduction and Description of Painting A publisher of popular travel guides to the west named George Crofutt commissioned Gast of Brooklyn in New York to make the painting the originalof which was actually only 12 x 16 inches in size Crofutt included it in his guidebooks in which he blew the original up into a much larger version Here is Crofutt s 1873 description of the painting which will serve us as a further introduction to it as a document In John Gast s American Progress a diaphanously and precariously clad America oats westward thru the air with the Star of Empire on her forehead She has left the cities of the East behind and the wide Mississippi and still her course is westward In her right hand she carries a school book testimonial of the National Enlightenment while with her left hand she trails the slender wires of the telegraph that will bind the nation Fleeing her approach are Indians buffalo wild horses bears and other game disappearing into the storm and waves of the Pacific Coast They ee the wondrous vision the Star is too much for them Rubric Note Below is a description of how to write the very best of papers In grading I will have to judge students39 papers on a 06 or FA scale corresponding with how well they approximate these criteria it is best to think of what I have listed below as Roman Numerals IV as a set of goals or targets IPapers receiving high grades will have a nuanced thesis that states a theory or hypothesis an argument in condensed form 11 which they then logically support with a cogent argument throughout the rest of the paper Remember that I am not interested in reading about people quotthroughout historyquot paintings in general or quotAmericaquot divorced from any specific and concrete context or in ways having nothing to do with this course Remember as well that this is a world history course not a US history course so write accordingly IIIPapers receiving high grades will make specific and concrete references to the various relevant texts I have assigned as required reading in particular with regard to those we have dealt with from the day I assigned the midterm onwards These include 0 Immanuel Kant An Answer to the Question What is Enlightenment O Rudyard Kipling quotThe White Man39s Burdenquot 0 Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe 0 Lin Zexu Letter to Queen Victoriaquot 0 Josiah Strong from On AngloSaxon Predominance Albert Beveridge The March of the Flag and John L O39Sullivan The Great Nation of Futurity excerpts 0 Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness In order to receive a high grade one must not necessarily draw from each one of these texts extensively however a highquality paper and argument receiving a high grade can and should demonstrate awareness and understanding of each of these writings The key to doing well in this sense is to use these works as raw materials in the construction of one39s own comprehensive and nuanced argument IVIndeed papers receiving a grade of AB or better will express an argument that demonstrates analytical and creative thinking that shows sensitivity towards and understanding of nuances involving relationships between ideological surfaces and practical and material depth In other words to do well one must recognize contemplate and express complexities involving relationships and contradictions between what people have said written or believed or continue to say write or believe on the one hand and what they have done andcontinue to do on the other V Lastly students who demonstrate effort in the completion of this assignment will be possibly awarded a degree credit within the grading formula explained below The I II III IV V parts of the rubric above correspond to this Grading Methodology Papers will be graded on the 06FA scale in most or each of the following categories 0 TH I Has intellectually sophisticated THesis 0 LA II Has Logical Argument that ideally supportsdevelops a thesis 0 KU III Knowledge and Understanding of relevant lectures and appropriate use of assigned readings in making one39s argument 0 CT IV Demonstrates nuanced creative original independent interpretive andor Critical Thiking 0 AMI V And Miscellaneous This category refers to whether or not one follows directions with regard to the right number of pages making proper footnotes etc If one39s writing is too colloquial has grammatical errors blatant and extensive spelling errors etc then one39s grade in this category may be affected negatively Demonstrated effort in completing this assignment may affect one39s grade in this category positively The last two categories ST and AMI will apply only if they are for some reason particularly appropriate The sum of scores in the TH LA KU CT AMI categories divided by the number of categories employed will result in an average that will roughly convert to a percentage grade as demonstrated in this chart 6 A 92100 5 AB 8991 4 B 8288 3 BC 7981 2 C 7078 1 D 6069 0 F below 59 Remember as with the Midterm Students may not citequote wikipedia similar websites encyclopediacom askcom knolgooglecom infopleasecom encartac0m etc any form of encyclopedia or any dictionary one should not cut and paste literally or figuratively but instead show depth of comprehension with regard to whatever sources one chooses to use Students may not use random websites especially not as a substitute for required readings Do not cite in any way random websites If it makes sense to do so but it probably will not one may use and mention reputable sources usually academic journal articles such as those one might access on Project Muse or J STOR through Murphy Library journalistic sources or a site with an address ending in quoteduquot are okay Do not cite blogs Again although students are free to write in the first person using quotIquot one must use formal English which means for example avoiding colloquial expressions contractions etc YOU should not write in the second person do not write quotyouquot Further Guidelines largely the same as midterm Active voice should be used instead of passive voice when sentences are being written See this web site httpwwwstril herootcomj3russellrusse118hm for help with passive voice Not using passive voice is not just an arbitrary rule Using active voice will make one a better writer because one will be showing relationships and processes instead of just declaring situations to be the way they are Do not be afraid of writing in the first person using I Do not metion lectures Gerald Iguchi or the class You can regard knowledge derived from those sources as public knowledge Do not write this essay as if it is a letter to Gerald Iguchi or anybody else Avoid generalizing statements throughout history people have always and simple declarative statements this is a good book or quotthis is an important eventquot Do not argue with adjectives quotthe final assignment is di icultquot Instead argue with verbs quotthe final assignment forces me to thinkquot Indicate reasoning by showing relationships cause and effect and answering questions that indicate for example who caused or causes events and processes what caused or causes them when precisely events and processes occurred or occur where they happen or happened and why events and processes occurred or are occurring Always be as specific and precise as possible Do not necessarily try to tell a pretty story and we all lived happily every after or and this is why everything is so wonderful today This is an academic critical essay assignment You are not being asked to write a greeting card an advertisement or a brochure for tourists Don39t use contractions It39s not a good idea Do not write based off of Write based on Also httnchroniclecomblogslinguafrancaZO131023basedoffofwhatl Don39t be afraid Try to be adventurous One should think of one39s essay as an experiment in thought There is no right answer and do not worry about agreeing with me or not DO NOT PLAGIARIZE or otherwise cheat Cheating of any kind will result in a failing grade and appropriate academic discipline
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