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The Written Assignment:
Note: All essays are to be written in Chicago format. The following links contain the information you need:
The OWL at Purdue:
Compose a three-hundred word essay for each of the three PSDs you have selected. The essay must include a proper introduction, a body of support and a conclusion. Please note the deadline for each assignment. I do not allow for late assignments. Please use the hints below to make the most of your assignments, and your grades.
Use the following guidelines to enhance your submissions. You do not have to answer all points in each essay – this is merely a guideline for you to use as you develop your essays.
1. Place the document or item in a historical context
2. List the document’s or item’s main points
3. Explain the document’s or item’s historical significance
Place the document in historical context involves answering some the following questions:
o Who is the author?
o What is the author’s position in society?
o What are his or her viewpoints concerning the major issues of their time?
o What can be said about the author’s time? In other words, what are the major issues and events concerning the author and
affecting society at the time the document is being conceived and penned?
o For whom was the document written? In other words, who is the intended audience?
Students should ask the following question to understand the document’s main points:
o Why was the document written/produced? In other words, what points did the author most want to convey?
Students should address the following questions when determining and evaluating the document’s
o What impact did the document have on the author’s society?
o What impact did it have on later generations?
o What groups in particular did the document impact?
o How was this impact significant? Where do we see evidence of the impact today?