Some general paper guidance for HIS 163

Some general paper - 1 Some general paper guidance for HIS 163 Here are some general observations about writing in general followed by some

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Some general paper guidance for HIS 163 Here are some general observations about writing in general followed by some criteria of some of the criteria I consider when assigning grades. An essay driven by analysis of a film must be more than a plot summary. I need to see your understanding of the historical materials surrounding the assigned topic. Prove your thesis with evidence – show me what you know, not how you feel. Give your essay a title – not because I think it is cool, but because it acts as a check on the quality of the thesis. After writing three pages, if you cannot think of a phrase to summarize what your paper is about you may lack an argument. The easiest way to title the essay is to rephrase the question you selected to answer. Have a thesis! At the end of the writing process, can you answer the question [briefly] “what is this paper about?” If you cannot, the odds are poor that I will not discover your argument either. Simply piling bits of facts and events from the movie higher without an organizing theme or purpose rarely works. Remember you must give me an argument
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HIST 163 taught by Professor Pierce during the Spring '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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