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The early draft will be an alphanumeric outline that presents your main points with supporting evidence.

Project Description/Assignment

(complete 2 pages only, as requested!)

For this project, you will draw from and evaluate your six sources from Project 1, then narrow those six sources down to four (two sources published between 2000 and 2010 and two sources published between 2011 and 2015) that demonstrate change or lack of change in perspective over time.

You will create an 800-1,000 word historiographic essay that includes the following:

An introduction that states your thesis (a claim) about how the scholarly conversation has changed over time
Integrate evidence from the research you did in Project 1 to support your thesis: Quote summarize, and paraphrase according to MLA guidelines
Include four sources from your annotated bibliography:
two sources published between 2000 and 2010
two sources published between 2011 and 2015
Make connections between sources (compare and contrast) to support your argument


In Project 2, you will write an academic essay that argues how a scholarly conversation about your chosen topic or historical figure has changed–or not changed–over a period of time. Your audience for this project is an academic audience who is unfamiliar with the topic and changes in perspectives regarding the topic or figure.

Project 2 is a bridge between projects 1 and 3. You will further develop your Project 1 research question to reflect the evolution of their research process as it moves from an annotated bibliography to an evidence-based academic essay.

Terms You Should Know

Conversation: Two sides of a topic, often contrasting
Historical perspective: A way of seeing a topic in the context of its time period
Thesis : The main idea/purpose/argument of the essay
Historiography: Tracing how perspectives on a topic have changed over time
Revision: Adding, removing, or modifying parts of writing
Evidence : Support for an argument

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