Ocus Person: Constantine the GreatFocus Era/Empire: Byzantine Empire

Structure of the essay:

research in the form of an 8-10 page paper with 5 book sources and 3 article sources

Your paper should begin with a paragraph in which you state your ruling idea and outline the argument you will make in the rest of the essays. A ?ruling idea? in this case means a sentence or sentence that asks a question or makes a claim about art, the work of art or series of works that you are investigating. An ?argument? in this case means a series of statements based on historical, visual and critical evidence, which supports your ruling idea.

Following this introduction, the body of the paper should begin by addressing the first point in your argument. If you are discussing images of plague, for example, you might begin by describing one. The description will focus the readers attention on those details of the subject that will become critical to the analysis that follows. You will then build your argument in a series of at least five paragraphs. The paragraphs should follow one another in an understandable, purposeful sequence.

You will want to include at least two or as many as six illustrations. Be sure to cite their sources either below each illustration (with its caption) or on an appended List of Illustrations,? located in a separate box with your final bibliography. Do not include books or articles in your bibliography if you do not include information from those particular books or articles in the text of your paper. This is a courtesy to your reader, which allows her or him to locate these illustrations later on.

Any remark you make which is not your own critical analysis or which is not a well-known fact must be noted. Include footnotes for any historical facts or other information gleaned from your library research, which you refer to in your poster, whether or not you actually quote the information in your paper. The first time you footnote an author you should include complete bibliographic information, plus the page number on which you found your information; every other time, you may use an abbreviated form, with the page number. Keep your use of quotes to a minimum: I do not mean that you should paraphrase your sources, but that you should understand your sources and reuse their information in your own argument. The notes will include not only complete bibliographic information on all the sources you use, but also information of interest to you or your reader that is peripheral to your argument, and also bibliographic information for the reader?s benefit that you do not use in this paper.

In a concluding paragraph, you should summarize your argument, and draw conclusions about the cultural significance of your chosen topic of research. Run a spell check and a grammar check on your finished draft.