Nalyze, explain, and illustrate a historical theme or argument on Patrick Symmesa Chasing Che

Instructions for the Chasing Che Patrick Symmes Paper

Assignment Write a 6-7 paper (original for this class) that analyzes, explains, and illustrates a historical theme or argument on Patrick Symmesa Chasing Che. It is not a summary or a book review. Instead, it is an analytical elucidation of an aspect of the book you choose to focus on. With this sort of a paper you really need to choose a focused theme that is important in the book, and hopefully one that interests you. Read and follow all of these instructions carefully.

Topics/theses How do you come up with a paper topic? I suggest that as you read the book, you should take notes on a number of different themes you see reappearing (comparing different countries or cultures is too broad for this assignment). Once you find a theme, ask yourself more questions: a?What role does this theme/argument/idea play in the book and why is it important?a? a?Is this theme of sufficient significance as to merit a paper on it?a? a?Are there aspects of the book that contradict my idea?a? a?Can I narrow my focus even more?a? Here is an example of focusing a topic from a hypothetical book about the Mexican Revolution. You might have the following conversation with yourself: Q: a?What topic interests me most, and is there enough material in the book to write on it?a? A: a?I want to write about religion, and yes, there is a lot of good material on ita?(a start, but way too big). Q: a?What about religion?a? A: a?Womenas role in religion during the Mexican Revolutiona? (more focused, but still too general). Q: a?What about womenas role in religion during the Revolution?a? A: a?Iam interested in what kind of power or authority they had.a? Eventually you might end up with a statement (hypothetical) like this: a?The Mexican Revolution weakened traditional Catholic cultural values in Mexico, which opened the door for women to exercise more power in religion even though the Church was weaker.a? You now have your first attempt at a thesis statement, which you will then refine as you continue to write your paper. Your final thesis statement should be a guide for the organization and focus of the rest of the paper. Look how far you came from the first, where you might have said: a?Women played a role in Religion.a? Remember that this thesis is hypothetical from a hypothetical book about the Mexican Revolution, but the process illustrated here should be helpful. Your thesis statement should be in bold at the end of your first or second paragraph (be careful with long introductions and long a?backgrounda? sections in such a short papera 1/2 to 3/4 of a page is enough for all background material). If you have any questions about these instructions, come in and talk to me or the TA.

Sources The Book Chasing Che should provide the majority of the information, content and evidence for your paper (the majority of your footnotes should be from this book). You should use and cite information and quotes from the book to provide context and evidence for your arguments. You should quote, but long block quotes are not needed in such a short paper. Paraphrase more and save your quotes for passages from the books that are key to your argument. In addition to the assigned book, you will need to include at least four additional academic sources to compliment your paper. Outside sources should fit into the flow of the paper and they should strengthen your arguments (they should not stick out like a sore thumb). Articles in scholarly journals, chapters in edited volumes, and books on your topic will be the most useful. Be sure to briefly introduce your source and show how it fits into your paper (a?As one historian of Revolutionary Cuba argues...a?) Textbooks and internet sources are unacceptable. Through JSTOR, Project Muse, and other online databases you can access online copies of many scholarly journals.
These do not count as an internet sources because they are real academic publications placed on the internet. Hundreds of other journals are found in the libraryas bound periodicals.

Style This is a formal history writing assignment and should be grounded in the history portrayed in the books. You should write to an audience that is somewhat familiar with Eire and Symmesa book. However, you should still provide context and evidence from the book. Your writing: 1) should use clear and effective sentences; 2) should use proper grammar and structurea intro, analytical thesis, body of main arguments supported with evidence in a coherent style, transitions between sections and ideas, conclusion; 3) should not be an informal personal narrative of your reaction to the book. Many things in these books will resonate with you personally. That is fine, but this assignment is not designed for you to write a reflection based on your time spent in Latin America or elsewhere, or some other personal journey. Keep your paper grounded in the history portrayed in the book. Your audience understands that you are expressing your own opinions, but you do so with evidence, turning those opinions into conclusions backed up by evidence. Do not turn your paper into personalized religion paper.

Format Use Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style format. Also: 1. Use 12 point courier new font. 2.
Double spaced typed pages. 3. 1 inch margins. 4. Use footnotes (not parenthetical references) using the full citation the first time you cite a work, then abbreviated citations in later footnotes. 5. Number your pages. 6. Have a works cited page (not part of page count).

Grading You will be graded based on how well you meet the parameters, style, and format of the assignment (thesis; content/argument/analysis; organization, structure, grammar, and flow; use of sources; formatting). Late papers are penalized one grade per late day.

Due date April 2nd 2012