Format-For your Final, you will choose two questions (one from each set) and respond to them in two separate extended essays. These are to be written up in either Word or a similar word processing program. In terms of setup, they are to be double-spaced, with 12 point font, and standard margins. While I cannot tell you exactly how long the essays need to be, most essays of this sort run in the 3 page range each, for a total of 6+ pages for both essays.
While I don’t take off for minor errors, I expect you to proofread your work. Something that is so poorly written I cannot easily understand it will likely see a lower grade. I suggest reading it out loud to yourself (I do this sometimes) to catch any errors.
Sources and Citation-To respond to these essays, you are not required to use any sources beyond your textbook, your class notes, and the short written assignment primary sources. If you take a direct quote from any of these, you are required to cite it in MLA form, meaning parenthetical citation. An example would be as follows; when you cite your text, cite it (Foner, 645). Lectures can be sited by the topic or date. A bibliography is only needed if you use outside sources.
One major note here; I will not tolerate plagiarism (i.e. cheating) in any form. DON’T CHEAT! If you’re not sure, ask me.
Writing a History Essay-Each of these essay questions requires you to formulate an argument or a statement about how a set of issues should be understood. Try to start your answer with a thesis paragraph, summarizing your argument or understanding. Then develop your argument in the body of the essay moving through the different aspects of the issue and providing supportive information to back up your statements. The supporting information will ideally include both facts that you have learned in lecture and readings and also some references to those sources.
Due Date-The Final is due by the end of the day Sunday December 10 under the Assignment heading “Final Exam.” Remember to combine your two responses in one document. I will be doing grades soon after so you MUST have this exam in on time.
If you have any questions, please call or email me. Good luck!