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AMH 2010 Stono Essay Assignment 2

AMH 2010 Stono Essay Assignment 2 Essay prompt: Does the new information provided in these accounts change your assessment of the causes of the revolt? Why or why not?

 

Directions:

First, read primary source documents nine through fifteen and identify things you think will help you answer the question.

Second, look back at your thesis statement in essay 1. Do the factors causing the revolt in documents 1-8 match those you identified in 9-15? You may give an answer that is yes, no, or mixed (some match, some don’t). Write a thesis statement that expresses your answer. This belongs in the introduction of your paper.

Third, present your evidence in the body of the paper. Present examples from the first set of documents and compare or contrast them with examples from the second set. You may re-use the examples you cited in essay 1. Wrap up the essay with a conclusion that reinforces your main point.

You must use and cite at least seven different primary source documents of the fifteen we’ve examined. The essay must be at least 1000 words long (there is no penalty for exceeding word count).

Remember that you should approach this essay as an argumentative essay. State your thesis in the introduction. Then provide lots of evidence and explain why it supports your thesis.

AMH 2010 Stono Essay Assignment 2

Citations:

Please use MLA parenthetical citations to indicate where your evidence comes from. This means you should identify the author of the piece and the page number. For example, the author of Document 4 is Johann Martin Boltzius. If you refer to the excerpt of his diary on page 11, the citation would look like this: (Boltzius, 11). A reference to the textbook would look like this: (Hewitt and Lawson, 96). If you wish to refer to the first interpretive essay, “Anatomy of Revolt,” use the author’s last name and the page number in the Stono book: (Wood, 65).

Summaries, paraphrasing, and quotations should all receive citation, as should any references from the textbook.

Use block quotations (quotations that are four or more lines long) sparingly. If used the quotation should be single spaced and indented.

AMH 2010 Stono Essay Assignment 2

Remember: Your essay should be a discussion of the primary sources and what they can tell us about why the revolt happened. Don’t just re-tell the events of the revolt.

 

Sample Outline

  1. Introduction and thesis statement

 

The thesis statement should directly answer the essay prompt. It should be some variation on “The new information provided in the later sources changed my mind because the first set was all about the Spanish, but the second set focused more on….”

Again, your thesis can also say that the new sources didn’t change your mind because they blame the same factors. Or you can give a mixed answer- some factors are the same, some are different.

 

  1. Evidence from primary sources 1-8 (You may re-use the body of the paper you produced for essay #1 here if you want to. This assignment is designed for you to build on existing work.
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  1. Example #1 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant
  2. Example #2 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant
  3. Example #3 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant
  4. Example #4 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant

 

  • Transition sentence(s): compare or contrast the causes of the revolt indicated in sources 1-8 versus those indicated in 9-15. This should reinforce the ideas set out in your thesis.
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  1. Evidence from sources 9-15

 

  1. Example #5 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant
  2. Example #6 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant
  3. Example #7 with explanation of why it is relevant or significant

 

  1. Conclusion

 

Make sure that you explain why your examples support your main point, whether you use a quotation or a summary. Always connect your evidence back to your thesis!

 

As you move on to each new example, start a new paragraph. This is an easy way to signal that you’re changing to a new source or example, and it makes it easy for you to review your own work and verify that you have a citation to support every piece of evidence.

AMH 2010 Stono Essay Assignment 2

The conclusion should summarize your main points in the introduction. Once you have written your conclusion re-read the essay! Does it all connect? Is your conclusion clearer than your thesis at the beginning? This is quite common for all sort so writers. You can explain your argument best once you’ve finished writing it. If your conclusion is a clearer explanation that your opening statement, switch them around!

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