Post writing prompts here

I had to cancel class at the last minute (some pretty stupendous  traffic jams prevented me from even getting out of Virginia!), but I’d still like you all to share the writing prompts you were going to bring.

Please cut/paste them here, as comments to this post.  Format them like this:

  • Course discipline (history, chemistry, etc.)
  • Course level (high school senior year, college intro class, etc.)
  • The prompt in full, including any format instructions (paper length, etc.).

We won’t do follow-up discussion, but I’d like you browse back through them and think about how you might approach these kinds of writing/research problems in the future, given the tactics and approaches we have practiced in uw1020.

These will also help me teach uw1020 by anticipating some of the other kinds of writing students may be doing.

Thank you!

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33 thoughts on “Post writing prompts here”

  1. University of Chicago admissions essay prompt in 2013-2014:

    “The mantis shrimp can perceive both polarized light and multispectral images; they have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. Human eyes have color receptors for three colors (red, green, and blue); the mantis shrimp has receptors for sixteen types of color, enabling them to see a spectrum far beyond the capacity of the human brain.

    Seriously, how cool is the mantis shrimp: mantisshrimp.uchicago.edu

    What might they be able to see that we cannot? What are we missing?”

  2. Political Science
    College level intro course

    “…for justice is supposed to be equality, and equality of the sovereignty of what ever may have been decided by the multitude, and liberty doing just what one likes. Hence democracies of this sort everybody lives as he likes, and ‘unto what end he listeth,’ as Euripides says. But this is bad; for to live in conformity with the constitution out not to be considered slavery but safety.” (Aristotle, The Politics, 1310a)

    Assignment:

    Aristotle’s conception of liberty seems paradoxical to modern eyes. Modern writers tend to define liberty as doing what one likes. Yet Aristotle associates freedom with obedience to coercive laws.

    The theoretical basis for this connection is Aristotle’s theory of virtue(s). Your task is to show how Aristotle’s theory of virtue(s) underlies, supports, or otherwise relates to his understanding of liberty.

    In order to fulfill this task, write an essay that responds to the following prompt:

    Aristotle seems to believe that liberty means something like “controlling yourself under the guidance of the law.” Explain how and why he thinks the control exercised by law is compatible with controlling oneself, and thus liberty is reconciled with coercion.

    Guidelines:

    Your argument should start with Aristotle’s theory of virtue(s). It should also include an explanation of the political system that Aristotle calls “polity” or “constitutional government” and consider how that system allows the people to control themselves via laws of their own making.

    Formatting:

    Your essay should consist of about 1500 words (“about” means + or – 5%). It must have 1” margins, include page numbers, and be double-spaced in a 12-point standard font such as Times New Roman.

    All quotes and paraphrases must be cited using parenthetical format, on the model above. Quotes from Aristotle should be cited by Bekker number, NOT page number. Footnotes may be used for acknowledgments or brief explanatory remarks. Do NOT use endnotes.

    Make sure to upload your essay as an MS Word file. PDF, Google Doc, or other file formats will not be accepted.

  3. Korean History
    College Intro Course

    n their essay, “Good Brothers, Model Soldiers,” Jager and Kim observe that the virtues of “integrity, loyalty, discipline, strength, courage and composure,” characterize the soldier protagonists of Joint Security Area (2000) and other Korean blockbuster movies from around the turn of the millennium. Although Friend (2001) is about gangsters rather than soldiers, its heroes also seem to exhibit these masculine virtues. Based on your viewing of the movies Joint Security Area and Friend, what can you say about how their main characters display these virtues and why the Korean movie-going public responded so strongly to both of these record-setting movies? Be sure to cover both movies and the assigned readings that go with each.

    Essays should be typed and double-spaced, and should contain the following information: 1) A clear thesis paragraph that reflects the overarching themes found in the films and the readings; 2) four to six paragraphs that support the thesis; and 3) A concluding paragraph that summarizes your position.

  4. Literature II
    High School Sophomore Year

    Many experts believe that fast-food restaurants are contributing to teen’s obesity. They point to high-calorie meals that can be quickly ordered and consumed. They say that these restaurants deliberately target teens in their advertising. Many even offer prizes and toys. Before you begin writing, think about fast-food restaurants and their impact on teens. Now write 4-5 pages to persuade those experts to agree with your view on teenage obesity and fast food restaurants.

  5. News Writing and Reporting
    College Intro Course

    ASSIGNMENT, DUE THURSDAY, MARCH 27: Go to the Moultrie Courthouse, home to the D.C. Superior Court. Visit a courtroom in which court proceedings are taking place, and attend for at least 30 minutes. Be sure to collect information on names, activities; conduct interviews. Write a 450 word news story, not first person, about what was happening in the court.

  6. Smith college fall 2013

    History(intro level)

    Unit 3 essay assignment: The performance of gender

    Essay length: Minimum of 2000 words
    Purpose: Examine how a specific aspect of gender identity is performed and what the broader consequences and implications are of this performance.

    Assignment Options:
    Option One: You will be responding to one (or more) of the essays on gender that we’ve read in class. Your research will focus on the essays that we’ve read in class and the ideas discussed therein. You will only be required to bring in one additional”outside” piece of research (but this “outside” piece must be academic).

    Option Two: You do not necessarily how to write about an essay we’ve read in class (though you can). How you go about choosing researching and writing about your topic is entirely up to you, so long as it meets the requirements of examining some aspect of the performance of gender identity. You may use academic texts, popular texts, multimedia texts, or your own observations and fieldwork (with some restrictions). However, you are required to use at least academic source.

  7. English 11
    American Dream Xref Paper
    Assignment:
    Develop an analytical response that intertwines the development of the American Dream ideology (Franklin, Douglass, Canfield) with the experiences and actions directed toward the American Dream within The Great Gatsby or Death of a Salesman. Create a unique thesis that unifies the outcome of the works from this marking period. Use evidence from the works to defend your argument.

    You must use two reference texts (Franklin, Douglass, Canfield) and one novel (Gatsby or Death of a Salesman) for your analysis.

    Length: 3-5 Pages Double Spaced / Times New Roman / 12 font
    Grade: 100 Points Using the PSSA Rubric (see 11H docs for rubric breakdown)

    Check List:
    Remember, this is a formal paper that requires a specific organization that follows the rules of a formal assignment. Make sure your paper does the following:
    _____: Has a creative title
    _____: Has a clear thesis that states a position with support in the intro
    _____: Clearly defines the organization of the paper in the intro

  8. Political Science, Intro Level College Class (2014):

    Scholars often emphasize the robustness of the authoritarian regimes of China and Russia. But what factors pose the largest threats to these regimes? Compare and contrast the most important factors that could destabilize these regimes.

    CONTENT:
    It is important to begin with a clear and concise thesis statement that clearly outlines your argument. The main themes of your essay should be introduced in the first paragraph, then developed in the rest of the paper, and summarized in a conclusion.
    Your TA may be willing to read a draft of your first paragraph, but not a draft of the whole paper or an outline. The deadline for discussing your intro with your TA is 24 hours before the paper’s due date: 12 noon, Friday, April 18, 2013; see below for more details.
    Your essay should be based on the materials for this class. That includes the readings and the lectures. You may use other materials as well, but the core of your argument and evidence for it must be based on material for this class. Essays that are not based on what you have learned in this class will be marked down.

    STYLE:
    Use in-text citations for all direct references and quotes, with full bibliography at the end of the paper. Be sure to include specific page numbers.
    The essay must be double spaced with one inch margins, 12 point font, and page numbers. Use a title page, but do not put your name as a header or footer on other pages. You may print double sided.
    The paper must be at least 1000 but no more than 1250 words (approximately 5 pages). You must include a word count at the bottom of the paper. The word count does not include footnotes.
    Be sure to proofread. Typos, misspellings, and grammatical mistakes will cost you.

  9. Philosophy
    College Intro Course.

    Soren Kierkegaard writes “A Human being is still not a self,” what does he mean by this? Explain in detail what could determine a person to have a self in Kierkegaardian terms. Be sure to reference “The Sickness Unto Death” as well as any other of our readings to help with your analysis.

  10. European Civilization and History

    Compare the Declaration of the Rights of Man with Letters on England. If Letters on England sets forth an “Enlightenment Program” does Declaration of the Rights of Man represent the fulfillment of that program? To what degree do Voltaire and the authors of the Declaration agree on the fundamental issues, and to what degree do they disagree?

  11. Theory of Knowledge: IB Senior Year of high school

    “Through different methods of justification, we can reach conclusion in ethics that are as well-supported as those provided in mathematics.” To what extent would you agree?

    1200-1600 in length

  12. High School Junior Year AP U.S. History Essay Question on a test

    The 1850s were a time of great national turbulence and social change. List 3 events, people, or political acts that affected or contributed to the growing sectionalism at this time, and by what means this was accomplished.

  13. Middle Eastern History

    How do each of the six characters in the novel Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim represent the various classes of Egyptian society in the 1950s and 1960s? Provide thorough historical analysis for each character as well as sufficient evidence from the novel.

  14. Intro to American History Take Home Final
    College Intro Course

    The purpose of this exercise is to pull together the readings, lectures, and class discussion from the second half of the semester. Please answer one of the four questions in a coherent, well-written essay between 4-6 double spaced pages in a normal human font. Your essay should have a clear introduction with a thesis statement, a body of paragraphs that support your thesis, and a conclusion that summarizes your argument. You are expected to use a variety of primary and secondary readings from the last eight weeks of class. In particular, do your best to draw upon primary sources, where relevant to your argument. You are also encouraged to cite lectures, but do not be be overly dependent on them or any single source.

    Prompt: In a narrow sense, the term “Market Revolution” refers specifically to economic changes in the United States after the War of 1812. But the country’s new robust market economy also helped to shape American society, politics, and religion. Describe the different ways that the Market Revolution changed American life. What was the relationship between America’s growing capitalist economy and the Second Great Awakening? How did major reform movements in the early US such as temperance, abolitionism, and women’s rights, emerge in the new cultural environment created by the Market Revolution? Were the reform movements successful?

  15. Intro to International Politics

    “The rise of great powers in the international system inevitably leads to war even though states might prefer peace.” Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to World War I. How is the rise of new powers thought to increase the likelihood of war? Did this factor play a role in bringing about World War I? Be sure to use historical evidence to support your argument.

  16. College Level English (some level after intro)
    (multiple prompts, courtesy of an English teacher friend of mine)
    ———————————
    Recently, President Bush argued for increased space travel and exploration, citing among his priorities
    for NASA a mission to land humans on the moon and Mars and to build a space outpost on the moon.
    Do you think that space travel and exploration should be among America’s priorities?

    Drafts should be typed, double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, and should be
    approximately 3-5 pages in length. All sources should be cited in MLA format with a works cited
    page. Be sure to proofread your final draft for grammatical and mechanical accuracy. Be sure to
    attach all previous copies to your final draft.
    ————————————–
    Readings: “Declaration of Independence,” “Regime Change,” “Victim of Circumstance,”
    “Undying Problem of the Death Penalty,” “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

    Choose one of the following prompts on which to write an essay of between three and five pages
    in length. Argue your case with both factual and emotional appeals, citing evidence as needed
    using MLA format.

    1. During investigations into the events of September 11, 2001, it was determined that several
    of the terrorists were trained and employed by companies within the United States. In an effort
    to avoid future similar acts of terrorism on national soil, the United States government issued
    the Patriot Act, which allows government agencies access to personal information, including
    medical, financial, and purchasing records, of its citizens. Some argue that this access impinges
    upon American citizens’ civil rights protected by the United States Constitution. How much
    leeway should the federal government have in reneging constitutional rights during times of
    national crisis?

    2. In the past, sentencing and parole of prisoners has largely been the domain of the court system
    and parole boards appointed by the courts to serve that purpose. In recent years, however, it has
    become increasingly common for victims’ families to obtain a say in whether or not a criminal
    receives parole for his/her crimes. Some argue that this increased say ensures that a criminal’s
    debt to society has been paid; others argue that by allowing victims’ families an increased say,
    parole boards are unfairly swayed against the criminal. How much say should a victim’s family
    have in the sentencing/parole of murderers?

    3. In his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King, Jr., explains his rationale for
    engaging in activities that are legally wrong in an effort to obtain a moral right. Such acts of
    civil disobedience led to an increase in the civil rights of African Americans during the 1950’s
    and 1960’s. Some argue that despite the efforts of the civil rights movement to obtain equal
    rights for African Americans, however, the idea that “all men are created equal” (Declaration of
    Independence) still does not hold true for African Americans and other groups that bear the brunt
    of discrimination in this country. Is civil disobedience an effective strategy for obtaining equal
    rights under the Constitution, or should groups try to work “within the system” for change?
    ——————————–
    Choose one of the following prompts on which to write an argumentative essay of approximately
    500 words. Be sure to utilize the classical argumentative form and revise and proofread your
    work.

    1. Which should be more important for voters in deciding for whom to vote in the upcoming
    presidential election: whether a candidate supports all of the same issues as the individual voter,
    or whether the candidate is electable?

    2. Which should be more important for voters in deciding for whom to vote in the upcoming
    presidential election: a candidate’s political experience or his/her ideas for improving the United
    States?

    3. Which should be more important for voters in deciding for whom to vote in the upcoming
    presidential election: a candidate’s views on specific issues, such as taxes, abortion, education, or
    Social Security; or his/her personal character and values?
    ———————————-

  17. AP European History
    Prompt
    Your research paper will eventually be thesis driven. It is to be 12-16 pages, with a bibliography and footnotes. The sources must be a majority of primary source material. The period that you may research should be situated between 1500 and the present, this eliminates Ancient or Medieval European history. There is not exclusive list but your topic should be connected to one of several of the “historical themes” identified by the AP program, and organized through the areas of intellectual and cultural history, political and diplomatic history and social and economic history. (See attached list.) It should be focused and yet at the same time inclusive of at least a couple of European countries, provinces or regions. It should be somewhat original in its approach.

  18. Film Theory, Fall 2013, Mid-Term Paper
    5 pages.

    This is a short analytical exercise. You will make a clear and concise claim and substantiate that claim with evidence from the film(s). This prof is definitely not impresses by parroting the class discussions/lectures.
    Choose one:
    1. Is there a language of cinema? Apply this to a discussion of the roles of women as portrayed in either one or two films viewed in class.
    2. Discuss the use of time and/or space in “Oldboy” (2003).
    3. Discuss the use of color in “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover” (1989). Can form take dominance over content?
    4. Discuss the non-linear narrative aspects of “Witnesses” (2004).
    5. Discuss the use of music in one or more films seen in class.
    6. In a political and/or psychological context, compare and contrast the power relationships portrayed in one or two of the films seen in class.
    7. Are fictional narrative films a valid source of historical representation and interpretation? Use “Walker (1987), “Ivan’s Childhood” (1960).

  19. American Literature
    Highschool Sophomore
    Huck Finn essay prompt
    ————————————————————–
    Below are some passages from essays about Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by well-known authors and literary critics. They give a variety of responses to the novel. Select one that you find interesting and write a short essay (two pages) in which you further explore the critic’s ideas, using specific examples and textual analysis.

    You may agree or disagree with the critic’s stance, or you may offer a mixed response. Whatever the case, be sure to write clearly, organize and develop your essay logically, and support your ideas fully.

    Because you have only two pages in which to address complex ideas about a long novel, you should use every sentence carefully and wisely.

    from Bernard DeVoto (in 1932):

    The successful use of an American vernacular as the sole prose medium of a masterpiece is a triumph in technique. Such attempts have been common in two and a half centuries of English fiction, but no other attempt on the highest level has succeeded. In this respect, Huckleberry Finn is unique. American literature has nothing to compare with it. Huck’s language is a sensitive, subtle, and versatile instrument—capable of every effect it is called upon to manage. Whether it be the purely descriptive necessity of recording the river’s mystery, or the notation of minute and transitory psychological states, or the fixing of individuality in dialogue—the prose fulfills its obligation with the casual competence of genius.

    from Lionel Trilling (in 1948):

    Huckleberry Finn was once barred from certain libraries and schools for its alleged subversion of morality. The authorities had in mind the book’s endemic lying, the petty thefts, the denigrations of respectability and religion, the bad language and the bad grammar. We smile at that excessive care, yet in point of fact Huckleberry Finn is indeed a subversive book—no one who reads thoughtfully the dialectic of Huck’s great moral crisis will ever again be wholly able to accept without some question and some irony the assumptions of the respectable morality by which he or she lives, nor will ever again be certain that what he or she considers the clear dictates of moral reason are not merely the engrained customary beliefs of his time and place.

    Wherein does the book’s greatness lie? Primarily in its power of telling the truth. No one, as Twain well knew, sets a higher value on truth than a boy. He is likely to believe that the adult world is in a conspiracy to lie to him, and it is this belief, by no means unfounded, that arouses Huck to his moral sensitivity, his everlasting concern with justice. At the same time it makes Huck a skillful and profound liar in his own defense, yet he does not tell the ultimate lie of adults: he does not lie to himself.

    (over)
    To Huck much of the charm of the river life is human: it is the raft and the wigwam and Jim. He has not run away from Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas and his brutal father to a completely individualistic liberty, for in Jim he finds his true father.

    from Leo Marx (in 1953):

    That Twain reverts in the end to the conventional manner of low comedy is most evident in what happens to the principal characters. Huck and Jim become comic characters; that is a much more serious ground for dissatisfaction than the unexplained regeneration of Miss Watson. Remember that Huck has grown in stature throughout the journey. By the time he arrives at the Phelps place, he is not the boy who had been playing robbers with Tom’s gang in St. Petersburg the summer before. All he has seen and felt since he parted from Tom has deepened his knowledge of human nature and of himself.

    Twain did not acknowledge the truth his novel contained. He had taken hold of a situation in which a partial defeat was inevitable, but he was unable to—or unaware of the need to—give imaginative substance to that fact. Huck and Jim could not succeed by their own efforts. At this point Twain, having only half escaped the genteel tradition, one of whose pre-eminent characteristics was an optimism undaunted by disheartening truth, returned to it. Whatever the explanation, the faint-hearted ending of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains an important datum in the record of American thought and imagination.

    from Jill Nelson (in 2011):

    There are vast differences between calling a character “nigger” and calling him “slave.” They are not interchangeable. Writers choose their words thoughtfully. Our words create, color, texture and contextalize the stories we tell. The notion that one can change one of those carefully chosen words—much less 219 of them—to suit one’s perception of contemporary mores and eliminate the possibility of hurt sensibilities is an abdication of a teacher’s responsibility to illuminate and guide students through an unfamiliar and perhaps difficult text.

    Note: several of these quotations have been edited slightly for the purposes of this assignment.

  20. Political Science

    “What explains U.S. intervention in armed conflicts in the Third World during the Cold War? Be sure to consider the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East in your response. Was U.S. involvement in all of these conflicts motivated by the same factor(s), or are there different explanations for each war? Papers should be approximately 6 to 8 pages doubled spaced.”

  21. Intro to Comparative Politics

    PROMPT:
    What makes for strong and effective states? Answers to why some states are strong while others are weak often point to factors such as nationalism, war, civil society, natural resources, and economic strategies or globalization. Yet political scientists have not agreed on a single most important factor that makes for strong states. What do you think is the most crucial factor in building an effective state?

    CONTENT:
    It is important to begin with a clear and concise thesis statement that clearly outlines your argument. The main themes of your essay should be introduced in the first paragraph, then developed in the rest of the paper, and summarized in a conclusion.
    In your answer, be sure to provide a strong argument by making references to the assigned readings. You do not need to do additional research or use outside sources for this paper. Your essay should be based on the materials for this class. That includes the readings and the lectures. You may use other materials as well, but the core of your argument must be based on material for this class. Essays that are not based on what you have learned in this class will be marked down.
    You should also address one or two alternative explanations (e.g., “some would say that X is the most important factor, but …”).
    Your TA may be willing to read a draft of your first paragraph, but not a draft of the whole paper or an outline.

    STYLE:
    Use in-text citations for all direct references and quotes, with full bibliography at the end of the paper. Be sure to include specific page numbers.
    The essay must be double spaced with one-inch margins, 12-point font, and page numbers. Use a title page, but do not put your name as a header or footer on other pages. You may print double sided.
    The paper must be at least 1000 but no more than 1250 words (approximately 5 pages). You must include a word count at the bottom of the paper. The word count does not include footnotes.
    Be sure to proofread. Typos, misspellings, and grammatical mistakes will cost you.

  22. World History
    College Level Entry Course

    Compare and Contrast the ‘Indian Mutiny’ and the Taiping Rebellion as Indigenous Reactions to Globalization by drawing on the readings we have covered in class, papers should be 5-7 pages in length.

  23. Communications
    Intro. Course

    Self-awareness is a prelude to effective communications with others. The purpose of this self-analysis assignment is to assess your understanding of the principles we have learned during the class, especially with regard to the Myers-Briggs analysis and Johari’s “open/closed” self. Your text serves as a foundation for the skills that you can examine. This assignment simply asks that you show the depth of your understanding of those skills. The best papers will incorporate at least 2, and preferably 3, models discussed in class, in addition to your own observations, personal anecdotes and other models.
    Length: 500 word minimum- 700 word maximum, include word count at end. Must be double or 1.5-spaces, typewritten. No bibliography is required.

  24. Writing
    Intro Course

    Using “Selections from Once Upon a Quinceañera” as a model for your own exploration, for this paper you will explore a rite of passage of your choosing using both primary and secondary research to reach your own conclusions about the myths and realities of this ritual. You will address such questions as:
    1. What is the importance of this rite of passage to the identity of the individual participating in it?
    2. What is the importance of this ritual to the community that participates in it?
    3. What are some of the myths and controversies surrounding this rite of passage?

    Some rites of passage to explore might be:
    • Birth
    • Prom
    • Weddings
    • Quinceañeras or Sweet 16s
    • Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies
    • Pledging Sororities or Fraternities
    • Football Games/Homecoming
    • Getting Driver’s License
    The Paper will be:
    • A documented (through Think Pieces, classwork, drafting) example of a writing process
    • 4-5 pages long (double spaced etc.)
    • Have at least 2 documented sources that go beyond Google
    • Address the questions above using a clear rhetorical strategy (sophisticated argument)
    • Be careful of topic sentences, transitions, grammar and correct MLA citation etc.
    • Be a carefully drafted essay. Remember the paper you turn in is graded, so it should be a complete effort.

  25. Political Science
    College level intro course

    “…for justice is supposed to be equality, and equality of the sovereignty of what ever may have been decided by the multitude, and liberty doing just what one likes. Hence democracies of this sort everybody lives as he likes, and ‘unto what end he listeth,’ as Euripides says. But this is bad; for to live in conformity with the constitution out not to be considered slavery but safety.” (Aristotle, The Politics, 1310a)

    Assignment:

    Aristotle’s conception of liberty seems paradoxical to modern eyes. Modern writers tend to define liberty as doing what one likes. Yet Aristotle associates freedom with obedience to coercive laws.

    The theoretical basis for this connection is Aristotle’s theory of virtue(s). Your task is to show how Aristotle’s theory of virtue(s) underlies, supports, or otherwise relates to his understanding of liberty.

    In order to fulfill this task, write an essay that responds to the following prompt:

    Aristotle seems to believe that liberty means something like “controlling yourself under the guidance of the law.” Explain how and why he thinks the control exercised by law is compatible with controlling oneself, and thus liberty is reconciled with coercion.

    Guidelines:

    Your argument should start with Aristotle’s theory of virtue(s). It should also include an explanation of the political system that Aristotle calls “polity” or “constitutional government” and consider how that system allows the people to control themselves via laws of their own making.

    Formatting:

    Your essay should consist of about 1500 words (“about” means + or – 5%). It must have 1” margins, include page numbers, and be double-spaced in a 12-point standard font such as Times New Roman.

    All quotes and paraphrases must be cited using parenthetical format, on the model above. Quotes from Aristotle should be cited by Bekker number, NOT page number. Footnotes may be used for acknowledgments or brief explanatory remarks. Do NOT use endnotes.

    Make sure to upload your essay as an MS Word file. PDF, Google Doc, or other file formats will not be accepted.

  26. International Relations
    Intro Course

    “The rise of new great powers in the international system inevitably leads to war even though states might prefer peace.” Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to World War I. How is the rise of new powers thought to increase the likelihood of war? Did this factor play a role in bringing about World War I? Be sure to use historical evidence to support your argument.

  27. History
    College level intro course –World History

    Assignment:
    Go to the Library of Congress and see the “Exploring the Americas” exhibit there. Go as many times as you need and make observations.

    Prompts:

    1. Asses the impact of the “discovery” on American and European societies.
    2. What were the causes and consequences of demographic collapse?
    3. Come up with your own prompt (which I did):
    4. What did the Conquest of Mexico paintings reveal about the Spanish views and experiences of the conquest?
    5. Compare and contrast the different styles of colonization in the Americas (French, Spanish and English).
    6. How did the “Exploring the Americas” exhibit depict the conquest of the Americas?

    Guidelines:

    Your essay should draw strongly on readings from the class (After Tamerlane and Meridians) and your observations from the “Exploring the Americas” exhibit.

    Formatting:

    Your essay should consist of about 1500 words (“about” means + or – 5%). It must have 1” margins, include page numbers, and be double-spaced in a 12-point standard font such as Times New Roman. Please use Chicago Style footnote citations with a complete bibliography at the end.

  28. Political Science
    College Level Intro Course

    Is there an imperative of state building? Address this question with particular emphasis to the international community’s involvement. Write 5-6 pages, citing only in-class readings. Feel free to incorporate specific examples into your writing.

  29. High School Senior Year – AP English Literature
    Research Paper

    Length: At least ten pages (Times New Roman, 12-point font), plus Works Cited page

    1. Please staple or paper-clamp your pages together. Do not use a cover or cover sheet. The first page of your paper should be your first page of text.
    2. Please follow the format for the block heading, as you would for any other paper in English class. Center the title. Number the pages.
    3. Do NOT justify the right hand margin.
    4. Clearly label the Works Cited page. Arrange “works cited” alphabetically by the author’s last
    name. If no author is listed, arrange by the first major word of the title. Double-space the works cited entries. Do not skip extra spaces between entries (don’t double-space twice, for example). DO NOT NUMBER THE ENTRIES ON YOUR WORKS CITED PAGE. IF YOU DO NOT ARRANGE YOUR WORKS CITED PAGE ALPHABETICALLY, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A FAILING GRADE.
    5. Be sure to list at least ten sources: 2 (or 3)books, 3 (or 2)newspaper articles, and 5 magazine articles. Online sources are fine.. Be sure to cite each of your ten sources at least once. You must cite both direct quotes and paraphrases throughout the main body of the paper.
    6. Please hand in your sources along with your paper. Photocopy (or download) the entire article but only the relevant pages of the books. Please staple these pages together and write the book’s and article’s title clearly at the top of the first page. Highlight or mark up the sources for me so that I can see where you took the quotes or paraphrases from. If you do not highlight the quoted or paraphrased portions on the copies of your sources, you will automatically receive a failing grade.
    7. Please submit your paper to Turnitin.com.
    8. Keep a hard copy of the paper for yourself, along with a backup. You will not be getting the project back right now. It is 10 points on your final exam grade, and will be kept on file for one year. After that time, I’ll mail it back to you if you give me a SASE now.
    9. This project also counts as a paper in the 4th quarter. You must complete the research project before you can take the final exam (or be exempt) or graduate.
    10. If you are exempt, your final exam grade is 90% of the average of the third and fourth quarters, plus whatever you get on the project.
    11. Late papers will be discounted two points (and one full letter grade) for every day late. After five days, your grade will be zero. You still must hand in the project before you can take the exam (or be exempt) or graduate.

  30. There will be three written assignments. Each will focus on a different research paper. Each paper will be available on blackboard. For each paper, you will be required to summarize the research reported in the paper and provide a critical evaluation focusing on the following questions.
    1. What theories guided the authors in their research?
    2. What questions did the authors ask in their research?
    3. What were the authors’ hypotheses? How were the hypotheses justified on the basis of background research and theory?
    4. What was the population of interest? How representative was the sample?
    5. For each experiment, what were the independent variables? Why were these variables manipulated?
    6. What were the dependent variables and how were they measured?
    7. How did the results support or not support the authors’ hypothesis?
    8. What were the authors’ conclusions?
    9. Did the study have any weaknesses (e.g., confounding variables, ambiguity in the operational definition of variables, etc.)?
    10. Were the results explained by any alternative hypotheses?

  31. Write three different accounts of the Black Death in a fictional European town. One should be from the point of view of a university-trained intellectual (a physician, poet or theologian), one from a traditional chronicler (monastic or civic), and one from a Jewish inhabitant of the town. Create an “editor’s” introduction that clearly explains what the reader can learn about medieval religion, politics and culture from these documents; this will serve as your thesis statement.

    5-7 pages in length.
    Doubled-spaced and in 12 pt font, with standard margins.
    Typewritten.
    Grammatically correct.

    Introductory History College Course

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