Joan of Arc: Letter to the King of England, 1429 Analysis
Primary Source Analysis Papers–This semester, you will write a response paper on a primary source. This paper will should be about 2-3 page in length, in which you will analyze a primary source, as well as to argue clearly and convincingly about its role in the historical milieu. Your analysis should use the techniques set out by the class handout, How to Approach Primary Source Extracts. For more detailed information on these assignments, please see the PDF handout Primary Source Essays in the Course Documents section of eCourseware. You may choose from any of the primary source documents found on the course schedule. Please email me if you have any questions. Your analysis should use the techniques set out by the class handout, How to Approach Primary Source Extracts. You should make an argument using one or more of the more sophisticated elements of primary source analysis – Bias, Absence, Reliability, Today, and Relate. You should be making an historical argument though, and state it clearly in a thesis statement. Please remember to analyze the texts using close-reading techniques, noting details, connections, and patterns. Essays should be organized with a clear thesis statement and well-supported with evidence from the texts. I am looking for you to take your analysis beyond what we have discussed on the discussion boards for this class. This means more in-depth critiques and evaluation of the sources, and its role in the larger debate about feudalism. When use secondary scholarly works to help formulate your ideas (such as the articles above), you must cite them within your essay as well as on a Works Cited page. No doing so constitutes academic dishonesty. Citations should follow Chicago Manual of Style footnote or in-text parenthetical methods. If you do not know these methods, this reference work is available online (under the course links portion of the eCourseware homepage).