W4 Essay

Here is the question to answer in W4 Essay using all primary documents:
How well did the Presidential statement of 1906 and private sector press release
of 1906 address the issues outlined in the 1904 stockyard employee’s biography
regarding the meat packing industry in Chicago?

 

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W4 Essay –

Overview
Due by Friday 2/4 at 12pm (noon) EST, you will be expected to submit on
Brightspace via the Gradescope a short writing assignment (300 words
minimum).
Here is the question to answer in your W4 Essay using all primary documents:
How well did the Presidential statement of 1906 and private sector press release
of 1906 address the issues outlined in the 1904 stockyard employee’s biography
regarding the meat packing industry in Chicago?
What is a primary document?
A primary document is a first-hand account of an event or experience. It may be
a written (such as a private letter, public speech, governmental report, catalog,
advertising, and more) or visual piece (photograph, painting, movie, etc.), or
even a recording, or a piece of fabric. Any artifact of the past could be a primary
source.
The point of this assignment is to showcase that you can understand and analyze
primary sources.
FYI, a secondary source would be an analysis based on primary sources (such as
a thesis or an essay, like the one you are producing). A tertiary source is made of
secondary sources. Think of a textbook, for instance.
How do I read and understand a set of primary sources?
– Organize your sources in chronological order so that you can look at trends in
changes and permanence over time.
– Identify the authors: are their name readily available? What can we guess or
know about their gender/social
class/race/nation/education/age/profession/religion? Without spending too
much time on this, are you able to find anything relevant about them online? If
so, is it from a reliable source? Don’t forget to cite it.
– Think about the intent and bias of the primary document and its likeliness to
give an account as close to the truth as possible (intentionally or not). For
instance, a public speech is meant to rally people to a cause. It might exaggerate
facts and overlook other ones. A private letter might give insights into someone’s
daily life in a way than no other documents could but might not contained
Do
Write this paper on your own. This is
not a collective assignment.
◼ Properly cite your sources (your
articles, a Wikipedia entry/book
you’ve used, etc).
◼ Write at least 300 words.
◼ Write with an active voice
(“Researchers demonstrated that…”)
instead of a passive voice (“It has
been demonstrated that…”)
◼ Submit it via the Gradescope link
Grades
These papers will be graded out of
100 points.
8 best essays out of 10: 40% of your final
grade
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reliable facts. A governmental report would be useless to give you individual
narratives, but it could give you nation-wide trends.
– Think about the impact of the source: what was the target audience and
distribution size of the publication?
– Think about the historical context of the document. What era was this? What
do we know about the facts or events mentioned in the source?
How should I organize my paper?
Here is my process. Feel free to adopt and adjust it:
– Identify your main arguments. These arguments should clearly address
the question(s). Feature one per paragraph.
– Select excerpts from the sources that support your arguments. Make sure
to use all of the sources and match them well to your arguments. Cite
and quote/paraphrase when applicable.
– Search for other excerpts that contradict your argumentation. What do
you make of this? How can you revise your argumentation so that it
makes sense?
– Once you’ve written the body of your text, write the introduction. Make
sure to anchor it with a date that is relevant to the topic. Make sure to
feature a thesis statement that gives a preview to your argumentation. Be
as specific as you can.
– Because 300+ words is short, a conclusion is optional. You won’t be
penalized if you include one, but I would rather that you develop more
the body of your text.
How am I going to be graded?
You will be graded individually according to the following rubrics:
– Self-explanatory and engaging thesis statement (10 points)
– Clear and insightful argumentation (20 points)
– Relevant and sufficient use of the sources (30 points)
– Adequate citations (20 points)
– Academic-level writing style (10 points)
– Word requirement (10 points)
Total = 100 points
What is an appropriate writing style for this course?
You must use a precise language. Use past tense and an active voice (OWL
page).
OWL tips on changing passive to active voice.
OWL tips on Academic Writing in general.
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How do I cite in this course?
First, let’s talk about what to cite. You are expected to cite whenever you refer
to, paraphrase, or quote a source.
In other words, if you used anything (Wiki, a dictionary, a textbook, a PPTX
lecture, etc.) to help you write a phrase (even if you didn’t quote it), you must
provide a citation for it. If you are unsure whether you should cite, just cite.
Let’s dive into how to do it. In History, we follow the Chicago Manual of Style,
which you can access in full here. To summarize:
• You will use footnotes (and not endnotes). Here is a tutorial on how to
use the built-in tool for footnotes in Microsoft Word.
• This page shows you examples of journal article citations. I have also
provided you with footnote and shortened citations for each of the
primary sources.
• Don’t cross-reference the footnotes. The footnotes number should
increase as you insert them in your text. You would then include a
shortened citation for the subsequent times where you refer to a source,
for which you have included a full citation.
Pro-tip: Look up Zotero, a free tool that helps you with formatting and inserting
your citations in your papers.
Repercussions for Academic
Dishonesty:
See list of offenses on the left
These activities will result in a 0 on the
assignment + report to the Dean of
Students with the first offense.
Repercussions for Plagiarism:
1
st offense = 0 on the assignment for the
following cases:
◼ Quoted from the textbook or
from another source without
quotation marks or page
numbers
◼ Paraphrased the textbook or
another source without proper
references in a footnote
◼ Provided an incomplete citation
that made it impossible for the
reader to track down the source
◼ 2
nd offense = 0 on the assignment +
report to the Dean of Students.
◼ Quoted from the textbook or
from another source without
quotation marks or page
numbers
◼ Paraphrased the textbook or
another source without proper
references in a footnote
◼ Provided an incomplete citation
that made it impossible for the
reader to track down the source
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What are the most common feedback comments you give?
This is not an exhaustive list, but we do use those on a regular basis.
1. Introduction / Thesis Statement (out of 10 points)
a. No clear thesis statement that addresses the question (-10)
b. You have featured a thesis statement, but it does not give enough of a preview of your findings. Too vague (-5)
c. You have a promising thesis statement, but it could be more specific and engaging (-3)
d. Include a date (for an event as specific as you can get) to anchor your introduction in time. We like dates in history (-
2)
2. Argumentation (out of 20 points)
a. The point of the essay is for you to demonstrate that that you can understand and analyze the set of historical
documents that was provided in the prompt. You failed to use them at all (-20)
b. Your arguments don’t match your thesis statement or are hard to follow (-10)
c. There will be argument-specific feedback that I can’t share yet. It will reflect the quality of your arguments, your understanding of the
source, and whether your analysis is too superficial.
3. Evidence (out of 30 points)
a. You did not use the set of primary documents that were assigned for this essay. (-30)
b. You have only provided evidence from one of the assigned sources (-20)
c. Your evidence does not clearly corroborate your arguments. They are not clearly relevant. (-15)
d. You have only used 2 of the 3 assigned primary documents (-7)
e. Acknowledge the context of each source: what is its potential audience, intent, bias and impact? (-5)
4. Citations (out of 20 points)
a. You didn’t include any proper citations (-20)
b. You provided in-text citations while we expected you to use footnotes (-10)
c. You must absolutely use quotation marks when reusing original language from the sources. (-10)
d. The first time you refer to a source in a footnote, use the full citation. Then use a shortened citation for any subsequent
use of the same source. (-2)
e. Only one footnote per sentence, in which you may include several citations separated by a comma. (-2)
f. Make sure to provide the (right) page number for every citation. (-2)
g. Clean up the citations, which have been distorted during the copy/paste (-2)
h. Put titles in italics (-2)
i. Place your footnote marker at the end of the sentence in which you quotes/paraphrased (-1)
5. Writing style (out of 10 points)
a. Inappropriate use of the original language, especially for racially-charged or other discriminatory terms (-10)
b. Repetitive misspellings. Proofread! (-5)
c. Capitalize ethnic groups: Black, Brown, White, Romani, etc. (-2)
d. Repetitive phrasing. Mix it up! (-1)
e. Use active voice (vs. passive voice) (-1)
f. Clean up distorted characters from copying/pasting (-1)
g. Avoid abbreviations. Ex: prefer “the First World War” to “WWI” or “World War I”. (-1)
6. Word Count (out of 10 points)
a. Under 300 words of original text (-10).
7. Did not upload file on the Plagiarism Checker (-100)
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Citations for footnotes:
Ernest Poole, “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards -An Autobiography: Antanas Kaztauskis, Independent,
LVII (Aug. 4 1904), 1-4.
Poole, “From Lithuania to the Chicago Stockyards”, 1.
Reynolds, James Bronson, and Charles P. Neill. “Conditions in Chicago Stock Yards.” Special Committee
Appointed to Investigate the Conditions in the Stock Yards of Chicago. Washington, D.C.: House of
Representatives – 59th Congress, 1st session, June 2, 1906, 1.
Reynolds and Neill, “Conditions,” 1.
“The Packers and Federal Inspection.” The Outlook, June 23, 1906, 402.
“Packers,” 402.
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