One of the central objectives of the course curriculum is to ensure that students are able to comprehend academic research—essentially understand information that is professionally researched, peer reviewed, and intended for the “academic discourse.”
For this essay, students will illustrate their capacity for comprehension and then express that comprehension in a short, explanatory piece of writing.
As the Filene article explains, for decades historians have debated the meaning and accomplishments of the Progressive Movement. When historians write books/articles they are usually in response to other historians’ books/articles. Historians either argue against each other, add to the cumulative knowledge of the “conventional wisdom” surrounding the historical topic, or on rare occasions offer breakthrough, novel interpretations. Filene helps explain the ebbs and flows of the debate on Progressivism. Your task is to effectively transmit the contents of the Filene article, but also indicate a clear understanding of Filene’s argument. Demonstrate a clear understanding of a scholar’s argument and how they develop and defend it through a written article summary.
Here are some tasks that should help you complete the larger objectives of the assignment:
Identify the author, title, and year of publication
Situate the topic in the historical context, based on what you know from the textbook and other sources in this class.
Identify and summarize the author’s thesis in YOUR OWN WORDS
State and explain the author’s supporting ideas and evidence
Explain the underlying meaning or goal of the article, not simply the superficial details.
For this paper you will demonstrate your ability to read and comprehend a published article and effectively summarizing the main idea(s) of the author in a concise summary.
The essay will be 2 pages long.
12 point times new roman font.
In-text parenthetical citations. For example: (Johnson, 25).
The essay needs to reference/cite the Filene article. The essay also needs to reference at least one of the sources from the module 2 on the Progressive Era. So, the essay must reference two sources. To illustrate a sharp command over the reading, you might judiciously incorporate some passages from the Filene article.
All essays need to be submitted to turn-it-in, through canvas. I will not grade the essay if it’s not submitted to turn-it-in.
Proofread the essay. If I can’t understand the writing, the grade will be penalized.
The rubric is posted on the course portal.
Every essay needs a formal works cited page. Remember to cite each individual source. MLA format for works cited page.
There is no need to consult outside sources. All of the information needed to complete this essay is found in the module. Students must reference the Filene text