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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- Spring '08