You will write two (2) short papers of 2-4 pages for this class. Due dates are l
You will write two (2) short papers of 2-4 pages for this class. Due dates are listed below and the assignment descriptions, rubrics, and other information will be available on the assignment page on Canvas. They are due by 11.59PM on the due date. Your papers will be graded on whether or not they have a thesis sentence with a clear argument, the strength and clarity of the argument’s development, the use of evidence from the primary sources, and writing style. Rubrics are available on the assignments page in Canvas. All essays must be uploaded to Canvas through turnitin, the plagiarism detector. Note: Canvas cannot read .pages documents. Please convert them to .doc or .docx.
The Prompt: You read a number of primary sources on the French Revolution as well as a secondary source focusing on the Terror. the primary sources are all from the moderate revolution. Some are in favor of it (Sieyes), conservative criticisms of it (Burke), or more radical criticisms of it (De Gouges’ parody of the Rights of Man). The abolition of feudalism and Rights of Man documents are two of the most important documents codifying the moderate revolution. Considering those sources in conversation with the book we read, choose one of the following prompts to answer. Your paper must use at least two of the assigned primary sources as well as the book. Feel free to use lecture material; there is no need to cite the lectures.
Was the Terror a natural, even predetermined result of the moderate revolution? You can argue here that such a significant political shift from absolutism made a violent, radical turn inevitable. Or was the Terror avoidable even after the moderate revolution had begun? Did the proponents of the Terror continue in the spirit of the Revolution of 1789, working to protect it, safeguard it, and extend it? Or was this something new? Or were they merely using violence to silence their enemies?
All papers (short and long) must be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one inch margins.
Because this is an introductory history course, citations will be easy. You should, at the end of the sentence, use a parenthetical noting which source you used. For the book, use (last name, page). For primary sources, (last name) is fine. You must cite your sources and you must paraphrase. If you only quote from sources and never paraphrase it is an automatic loss of a full letter grade. If you do not cite at all, it is an automatic zero. You will have the opportunity to fix one paper in which you lose points due to citation issues.
I have posted a series of writing tips and strategies
that I encourage you to read as it comes from years of experience with undergraduates, colleagues, and my own writing. It also includes a list of simple errors that, because they are easy fixes (unlike, say, analysis, which is not easy), will result in automatic deductions to your paper’s grade. You will also find a peer-review sheet if you wish to practice peer-review with a classmate. These peer-review sheets are also good checklists for self-review. Finally, I am happy to look at theses and outlines e-mailed to me at least three days before the paper is due. No later than that because you must leave yourself time to edit. The due date is not the to do date.
Late Policy: Unless I have given you an extension, essays not submitted by 11:59 pm on the due date will be penalized five (5) points per 24-hour period up to a maximum of 25 points. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the essay is properly submitted to Canvas on time.