Papers must be a minimum of two full pages in length but not more than three full pages in length. There will be a significant point penalty applied to papers that do not meet the minimum length.
All papers should be written in Calibri (Body) font, 11 size font, double-spaced, and one-inch margins.
Papers must be appropriately cited and include a bibliography page.
Both the source and the topic must be approved by the instructor, which is done in the Primary Source Analysis Discussion Board. Papers written on topics or analyzing sources not approved by the instructor will not be accepted and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.
Additional sources are strongly discouraged; any student wishing to use any source other than the one being analyzed must first have it approved by the instructor.
Your paper should take the form of a coherent essay, with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion that addresses the following four analysis objectives. Each analysis objective should have its own paragraph in your paper, with the exception of analysis objective 3, which should be divided into three separate paragraphs.
Analysis Objective 1: Well formed introduction on the general topic that also contains the author’s name, title of the source, when it was produced, and a clearly written thesis statement
Analysis Objective 2: A thorough analysis of the author. For primary sources this means evaluating the author’s background, connection to the historical event, and any bias the author may have. For secondary sources evaluate the author’s academic background to include their education, scholarly posts they have held or currently hold, other published works, and any other pertinent information that illustrates their authority to write on the topic academically.
Analysis Objective 3: In three separate paragraph pull out three important elements and analyze why they represent key information relevant to the source.
Analysis Objective 4: Describe the author’s purpose or intent in writing the source as part of a well-formed conclusion paragraph.