April to July 2013
Wayne A. Melvin, Instructor
The primary purpose of this exercise is to help prepare you for writing a 6+ page “Research Essay” or a comparable academic “Research Report” later in the course. The assignment provides you with the opportunity to choose a topic of interest to you and then do some preliminary research and organization on it. Once this fundamental work is done, you can then develop your essay topic into an arguable thesis statement with strong supporting evidence. There are similar academic standards and requirements for the research report.
This assignment is intended to help you with whichever option you choose to write – essay or report. With either approach, you will help develop your research skills and your ability to evaluate and select historical primary and secondary sources to support your argument. In addition, you will gain experience citing and formatting your essay according to the appropriate style guide for history papers. Another objective of this assignment is to give you practice analyzing historical sources that we encounter in everyday life such as newspaper articles, political propaganda, historical novels and movies. In this case you will be analyzing a feature length film with historical content (or a production by the National Film Board of Canada. As always in your assignments and exams for this course, you will gain confidence in researching, analyzing, interpreting and writing. These skills are crucial to your success in this particular history course but also your other academic courses and in your chosen career. WRITING NOTES:
a. As most of you will have noted from my comments on Assignment #1, I require that you to use the spell check and grammar check on your computer – just like most other professional writers and academics do. It is like having your own personal editor that is available to you 24 hours a day. Used properly, you can use these valuable tools to polish and perfect your writing. At first you might have to run the grammar check a few times to catch all the problems. Over time your writing should improve significantly. b. I also expect the paper to be professionally presented so keep an eye on punctuation, spacing, verb tense, overall appearance etc. I do not specifically mark for grammar, but I do mark for clarity, logic and ease of understanding. c. Another major problem with some students is the improper use of paragraphs – or they don’t use them at all. By now, you should know why and how to write in clear, concise paragraphs. The proper use of paragraphs allows you to organize your thoughts in a coherent and useful manner. Take time to review how to structure your paragraphs properly. d. There is no excuse for plagiarism – by now you know Alexander’s very strict rules and guidelines. If you have a question on this important issue then ask me or an Alexander tutor. I provided you with a guide on “How to Avoid Plagiarism” – it is attached to the back of your Course Guide e. I only recommend AC tutors and expect that all students use them. If you still want to use a non-Alexander tutor, editor or advisor then you must inform – in advance - me of their name and provide me with their contact information. I also want to know exactly what type of help they provided you with. f. I expect your assignment to be handed in during class on the due date for the assignment. I do not like getting email copies as they can sometimes get lost. Only send by email if there is no other choice or if you get approval from me - in advance. g. If you have problems or questions on any point – ask for help. I want you to become an excellent researcher and writer. The entire team at Alexander College is here to assist you as well. Take pride in your work!
/5 Marks Getting Started on Your Research Essay or Research Report 1.) Alexander...
Citations: The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005) is based on Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (also known as The First War of Indian Independence or the The Sepoy Rebellion).
Shatranj Ke Khilari, The Chess Players (Hindi, 1977) is set in 19th century India on the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857. It deals with the politics of colonial expansion by the British East India Company.
Shaheed (Hindi, 1965) The film is set in 1916 and based on the life of Bhagat Singh who joins the freedom fighting movement.
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