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Unformatted text preview: CLA160 S 2008 BURGESS IN—CLASS ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS IN-CLASS ESSAY: Monday 3/24: in the regular classroom. Examination conditions apply An iii-class essay means that a student produces and composes an essay within the time limits of a class period. Now is the time to continue to prepare for the in-class essay and to finalize your decisions about preparing for it. The basic situation of the class day is this: you arrive with a pen/pencil and your head. Nothing else required, nothing else allowed. You are not asked or encouraged to do any research outside of the Reader. You will be given paper to write upon, and you can write as much as you want for 50 minutes before turning in your completed essay. That means that you will not be allowed to bring in your Reader textbook, or notes. You will need to master your primary material sufficiently so as to be able to write from memory. I will of course recognize that a spontaneous essay without notes cannot be expected to have quotations, footnotes, etc. But you should be well-informed about what you are writing about. The following was posted on the webpage some weeks ago: The sources for their essay will be from the Reader textbook. Students will design their own essay topic, choosing from one ofthe categories Gender, Religion, Society, and War. At least 5 sections (two digit numbered sections) of the Reader must be consulted and referred to in the essay. At least 3 time periods of the periods Prehistory (including non-Greek), Archaic Age, Classical Age, Hellenistic Age, Roman Republic, and Roman Empire must be represented. Please continue to contact me if you would like advice or feedback on your choices in this matter. I don't have much to add to that. You are in control of choosing or creating your specific topic (from the mandated categories), and you are in charge of selecting relevant passages (within the constraints of the mandated number and time periods). You are in charge of collecting your thoughts and organizing your essay. Though this is a spontaneous essay, it should be more organized than the brief essay on the midterm. Though I do not insist on any rigid organizational pattern, you should indicate at the beginning what the topic is, and what the purpose of the essay. In other words, be clear on your 'thesis,‘ though I am not necessarily looking for an original discovery about the ancient world; rather, an organized deliberation about a topic, with good reference to primary sources, is required. When citing your primary sources, be sure to refer to the author (e.g., Homer, Livy) and the section number of the passages in the Reader textbook. In cases where there are multiple (surviving) works by an author (e.g., Homer, but not Livy), you need to indicate the title of the work also. In the course of your essay, you should be referring to your primary passages as frequently and thoroughly and specifically as possible. Compare and contrast the passages as much as possible in order to elucidate what you have to say about your topic. In fact, your essay should be about the primary sources, notjust your opinion about the topic. ...
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