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This assignment asks the student to compare and contrast how different sources present the same historical subject and to analyze the choices that the chapters and sections have made when deciding what to include and exclude from them. Students are asked to discuss how different authors choose to present similar information and what effects those choices have on the reader or audience. 1. Must watch part of a television program and use what it states as a source within the essay Link to Free TV program: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/ I have also provided the chapter and sections that should be used as evidence or sources within the essay 2. Read the relevant chapters or sections I provided that cover the subject/time period. While you are reading take notice of how many examples given are of men and how many examples are of women. When women are mentioned, are they mentioned by name? How many details are given? 3. Compare and contrast how the subject is covered in the film to the chapters. 4. Review the additional material on the same subject that is included in the course packs and class assignments. You may also want to do your own research on the subject you have chosen. Remember that you should exhaust the assigned materials first before doing any research. Outside sources should not make up more than 20% of your overall material. Students will only receive credit for using outside sources after they have successfully demonstrated an understanding of the assigned sources. Essays that do not demonstrate understanding of the assigned sources will automatically receive a failing grade. Outside sources can not be used as a substitute for the assigned sources. 5. Write a critical essay analyzing how the topic is portrayed in the textbook (good, bad, indifferent, etc.) Identify any strengths, and make suggestions for improving any weaknesses (things to add, things to subtract, things to rephrase, etc.) You may also describe how you might expand existing examples of women by adding more details. Chapter sections might be re-organized, instead of including women as the last example, they could be moved to the first example. Wording might be changed, instead of a sentence that reads “women also participated” you might write “men and women participated.” In order to receive full credit, make sure that you: Use the sources that I have been assigned in this class (your textbook, readings, videos, notes, class handouts, primary documents, and other materials) to write an essay answering the prompt given above. Only use outside sources after you have fully incorporated the assigned sources. Outside sources are not a substitute for the assigned sources. No more than 20% of this essay should be based on outside sources (sources not specifically assigned in this course.) Essays that do not meet this requirement will automatically receive a failing grade. You must use the assigned film/video sources as a source of examples or evidence in writing your essay. You must use the screenshots of chapters and sections as a source of examples or evidence in writing your essay. Your essay must include some form of citations. Answer the prompt thoroughly. Tips for Successful Essay: Remember to address the main essay prompt in your thesis statement (located in your introduction paragraph) and then repeat your answer in your conclusion. Remember that examples are a very important part of your essay. Remember that the majority of examples you choose should support your thesis statement. Remember that a successful essay should be at least 5 pages in length. Remember that you are required to use the sources assigned, and to demonstrate an understanding of these assigned sources.

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