: Include your proper title page,
add to your thesis—include important or key ideas and arguments that you will
address based on the primary sources you are using from Sources of the Making of the West or another approved primary
source so that you have a basic introduction (with your main arguments and ideas),
an outline of the body (a small paragraph or “bullet points” of key ideas and
arguments with a one sentence description of each main point), and a possible
conclusion. Include a list of your
primary and secondary sources in a properly cited format (in-text or parenthetical
or footnotes or endnotes). Add to your
bibliography as necessary. The outline
should be 2-3 pages in length.
Proofread—you will lose points for too many grammatical or other errors.
Paper Draft: Have a more fully developed introduction which has primary
sources and details your main arguments and the key points or ideas in the body
of the paper. Include a much more
substantial body of the paper, now 3-5 pages of actual text that contains a more
thorough development of each of your key arguments and ideas. Also, include a
more refined conclusion. You should spend time proofreading and editing before
you submit so that the paper is in a polished form (relatively free of grammatical
and other errors). Finally, properly
cite all your sources (in-text or parenthetical or footnotes or endnotes and a
bibliography). I will be looking for
changes based on the feedback you received on the paper outline. Doing well on the draft is critical to doing well
on the final paper.
Final Paper: The final paper, now 5-8 pages of actual text, needs to
include everything required in the draft and should also include any corrections,
additions, or modifications (including more extensive editing and proofreading)
needed for final submission. I will be
looking for changes based on the feedback you received on the paper draft. Be sure that you properly use and cite your
sources—you can earn no higher than a “D” if you don’t.
“Very well done–remember to keep the focus on an analysis of the primary document and use historical narrative (key events and ideas etc.) from secondary sources (your textbook or other secondary sources) for context–be sure to use and cite sources. You are analyzing the primary source revealing what it tells us about the people and the times during which it was written—in this case dealing with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Organize the introduction and paper around the primary source– key ideas etc., found within your primary source. See what your primary source tells us about the society, people, and times—follow the syllabus and Source guidelines. Be sure to use and cite sources–include your primary and secondary sources in a properly cited format for the outline. Go into great depth with your primary source (in this case the Meditations). Edit and proofread—there are some grammatical and other errors. You have the right idea (mainly), so start reading and analyzing the primary source you’ve chosen in great depth in its historical context. Create a bibliography that has both primary (for analysis) and secondary (for context) sources. See me if you’d like help or clarification. As a ps, as you start to write, be more formal and concise– remember your arguments etc, will come from an analysis of the primary source.”

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