In order to successfully complete this assignment, the student must:
1. Select one article from the list below and read carefully and completely.
2. Write a one-page, single-spaced review of the article.
3. The review should have four elements:
A. What is the author’s primary argument/thesis?
B. What evidence of support does the author give to defend and/or prove the argument/thesis?
C. In your view, what are the strengths of the article?
D. In your view, what are the weaknesses of the article?
4. The review should meet the following format guidelines:
A. It should be typed (single-space)
B. Students should save the final document as a .rtf document (rich text format).
C. The margins should be set at one inch (top, bottom, left, right).
D. The font style should be Times New Roman.
E. The font size should be 12 point.
F. Type your name in the upper left hand corner of the paper.
5. Grades for this assignment will be based on the following:
A. The extent to which you successfully identify the author’s primary argument (20 points possible).
B. The extent to which you identify and summarize the author’s supporting evidence (40 points possible).
C. The quality of your evaluation of the strengths of the article (40 points possible).
D. The quality of your evaluation of the weaknesses of the article (40 points possible).
E. Failure to follow the format guidelines will result in substantial loss of points.
F. Poor spelling and grammar/punctuation will also result in a loss of points.
6. SafeAssign: Students must submit their papers through SafeAssign. The SafeAssign link is located below.
Warning:This is not a collaborative activity. Though several students may choose to review the same article, they should refrain from working together on their written reviews. SafeAssign will notify the professor of any papers that are the same as or similar to one another. It will also notify the professor of papers that are the same as or similar to those submitted by students from past semesters and students currently assigned to another course section. In cases where SafeAssign indicates that two students have turned in the same review or reviews that have a high degree of similarity as to indicate collaboration, said students will be subject to sanctions. To avoid this, simply do your own work in your own words.
Blight, David W. “The Meaning or the Fight: Frederick Doulgas and the Memory of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts.” Massachusetts Review 36 (Spring 1995).
Chandler, David. “Representing the Mad King: George III in the Cinema.” Journal of Popular Film & Television 36 (Summer 2008): 72-81.
Gill, Valerie. “Catharine Beecher and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Architects of Female Power.” Journal of American Culture (Summer 1998).
Martin, Wendy. “Women and the American Revolution.” Early American Literature 11 (December 1976).
McCarthy, Patrick. “The Mountain Man and American Anguish.” Journal of Popular Film & Television (Winter 1997).
Smith, Cheryl C. “Out of Her Place: Anne Hutchinson and the Dislocation of Power in New World Politics.” Journal of American Culture (December 2006).
NOTE: All of these articles are available through Academic Search Complete, which is an online database available at the Central Texas College library. If you need help locating your chosen article, ask the reference librarian for assistance. The following link may also be helpful: CTC Library