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MMW 121, Fall 2014




Question;Analytical Essay (AE) - Paper #3;MMW 121, Fall 2014;Page Length: 5-6 pages, not including Works Cited page;Value: 20% of course grade;Due date: Beginning of section during Week 10. After this;time, late penalties will;apply (see MMW Style Sheet). Even with late penalties, your;AE will not be;accepted after the Final Exam, after which time it will be;considered ?not;completed? and will result in a grade of F for the course.;Any exception to;this deadline must be approved with specific and legitimate;documentation in;advance by your TA.;Purpose;In the Comparative Source Analysis you just completed, you;were introduced to two scholars? work;on a common topic. You were asked to make observations about;these two sources related to one;another and to design a research question that both scholars;may have answered in their work. In;the third writing assignment, the Analytical Essay, you will;craft a small independent research project;on a topic of your own interest. This assignment will;provide you with another opportunity to;practice critical reading, summarization and paraphrasing;skills, and research question design.;Moreover, you will develop new skills to prepare you to;write a full-length research paper next;quarter in MMW 122. In this assignment you will;? identify a research topic of your choice (but related to;class themes and within period 1500 BCE-;1750 Ce) and that poses a conceptual problem that you have;observed in your reading.;? design a Level-3 research question about that conceptual;problem.;? conduct independent research to find several sources that;answer your question research question.;You will learn research strategies by attending a mandatory;UCSD Library Research Workshop;during Week 7.;? practice evaluating sources by assessing which two sources;provide different answers to your;question.;? write an analytical essay that utilizes these two sources;to develop an argument that supports the best;answer to your question (your thesis). This essay should;address all of the relevant components of;argumentation required in MMW papers.;From Topic to Question;Research a topic of your choice that relates to one of the;subjects covered in your lecture track. An;appropriate topic for this assignment is anything related to;your course that you want to know more;about than you do now. A good topic often emerges from what;some scholars call ?a mental itch?;(something that piques your curiosity), or a conceptual;problem (a contradiction or inconsistency;that you observe). To make your research manageable for a;five-to-six page paper, you will have to;narrow your topic to a specific region, culture, and/or time;period. (For more help on selecting and;narrowing a topic, see the ?From Topics to Questions?;chapter of The Craft of Research that is posted;to the MMW Website and Keller-Lapp?s Ted site.) Bring your;topic(s) and question(s) to the Library;Orientation during Week 7.;Designing a (Level-3) Research Question;In academic writing, scholars design research questions to;help them find scholarly sources that will;help them find the best solution to a conceptual problem. A;good research question is what MMW calls a Level-3 research question: one that;is open-ended, arguable, and supportable with evidence;available in scholarship. The question must be significant;(it raises a meaningful issue), have more;than one possible answer, and be answerable by drawing;evidence from and analyzing scholarship;and primary sources. After you have narrowed your topic;design a Level-3 research question related;to your topic.;Finding appropriate sources;With your topic(s) and research question(s) in hand, attend;a mandatory MMW 121 Library Research;Workshop during Week 7 (see flyer posted on MMW website or;Keller-Lapp?s Ted site for;dates/times). This workshop is designed so that you will;actively search for sources while in the;workshop, the goal is for you to leave with a number of;appropriate sources for your paper. From;the sources you find, you are required to read and select;two scholarly, peer-reviewed secondary;sources that provide different answers to your proposed;research question and that you will analyze;and use to make your argument (for an explanation of;?scholarly, peer-reviewed sources,? see the;Sources for MMW Research Papers posted to the MMW Website).;While you may use class;materials as additional sources, the purpose of the;assignment is for you to write an analytical essay;that evaluates the arguments made in two secondary sources;(and only these two) as they relate to;your topic and research question and to advance your own;position based on evidence in this;scholarship.;Write your analytical essay;In five-to-six pages, you will answer your posed question;with a thesis that you will support with an;argument. You analysis should include (not necessarily in;this order);? a title that captures the reader?s attention and best;reflects the content of your analytical;essay;? an introduction to the subject that provides the;background information necessary to;situate the two sources in their historical context and to;help the reader understand the;conceptual problem that you have identified in your reading.;Briefly describe how the;conceptual problem that you have observed has led you to;your research question. State;the research question explicitly.;? your thesis. This is your case for the best answer to your;research question. You may;discuss which of your two selected sources provides the most;convincing argument or you;may advance an original thesis based on your analysis of the;two arguments you have;selected. As you make your case (your argument), you will;articulate, with evidence from;the selected secondary sources, why the position that you;advance is the best (most;convincing) answer to your research question and the best;solution to the problem. In doing;so, you should also address, even rebut, relevant;counter-evidence or opposing or;different points of view (counter-arguments). You may use;course material as additional;evidence if you?d like, but the purpose of the assignment is;for you to analyze the arguments;made in the two secondary sources you have selected.;? an explanation of the significance of this question and;your answer to the question for;those of us studying the pre-modern world. A good paper;addresses significance throughout;the paper, not just in a sentence in the conclusion.;To evaluate the authors? arguments and advance a strong;argument (your thesis), you might find;it helpful to annotate your selected sources in response to;the following questions (as relevant):? How many and what kinds of sources do;the authors use? Do they contribute to or detract from;the argument being made? How do the authors evaluate them?;How do you evaluate them?;Which evaluations are best?;? What questions are not asked by the authors? Are there;areas or perspectives that are lacking?;? How much and how well are the authors? claims;substantiated with evidence? Are some claims;better supported than others, do authors offer more evidence;for some claims than for others?;If so, which ones?;? Does the evidence support the authors? stated theses, or;does it actually support some other;claim? Is there enough evidence? Strong enough evidence?;What evidence is not included? Do;you need more proof? What kind?;? How should you deal with opposing arguments, different;points of view, or conflicting evidence;(counter-arguments)? Can you explain these points of view?;Can you provide a clear rebuttal of;an opposing argument? Do your authors adequately address;differing/opposing points of view;or conflicting evidence? Or do they ignore them (leaving you;wondering what others have;found)?;? How representative are the examples your authors use to;demonstrate their main points?;? How adequate are the authors? coverage of the subject? Do;you detect faulty assumptions or;personal biases, implicit or explicit?;? Overall, how persuasive do you find your authors?;arguments? Based on your analysis of the;argument?s components, how well have they convinced you that;their point of view is correct, or;at least plausible?;? In order for your TA to evaluate your argument, how well;have you done all of these things in;writing your analytical essay?;Citations: You may use direct quotations in this assignment;but please use them intentionally and sparingly.;Cite paraphrased and quoted material appropriately. Include;marked photocopies/printouts of all pages that;you cite.;What to turn in;Your five-to-six page Analytical Essay in MLA format;Labeled photocopies/printouts of title pages and all;other pages from which you have cited material.;On each page, you must mark the material cited by;underlining or highlighting the text. You must;also write the name of the author on the top of each page.;Works Cited Page in correct MLA format (if you cite;class materials, you must include these);Submit the same version of your Analytical Essay;(excluding Works Cited page) to by;midnight of the day it is due in section;Print, read and submit the AE grading rubric (on MMW;website or Keller-Lapp Ted site);MMW Showcase;Every year, in what we call the MMW Writing Showcase, the;MMW Program honors the best papers written;during the preceding academic year. TAs who teach MMW12;through MMW 15 and MMW 121 and 122;nominate students who they think have written papers that;demonstrate excellent scholarship on important;and intriguing topics and present clear and engaging;writing. It is quite an accomplishment to be a Showcase;nominee: of the more than four thousand papers written every;year for MMW, fewer than one hundred are;selected to be Showcase winners. That?s higher than the top;5% in any given MMW class. The authors of;these outstanding papers?the Showcase honorees?each receive;a certificate that expresses our admiration;for their work and attests to their achievement. Writers of;the top papers are invited to participate in Eleanor;Roosevelt College?s Undergraduate Research Conference in the;Spring. A writing award is a great item to add;to a graduate school application or resume. We look forward;to reading your excellent work!;revised 11.3.14


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