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Cultures of Resistance in the Americas



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AP/HUMA 1300 9.0A
Cultures of Resistance in the Americas
Fall/Winter 2009-2010

Essay # 1 (15%)

The Assignment

Choose one of the following two essay topics, engaging in detail relevant assigned readings in the course. Do not use outside sources. Your ideas should be clearly argued and supported with scholarly citations. Before beginning your essay, be sure to review Part 1 of Keys for Writers by Ann Raimes, which will help you formulate a thesis statement and write a first draft.

Essay Topics

Essay topics will be available by the first week in October.


Purpose: This assignment is designed to help you read critically, make cross-textual analysis and identify different points of view.

Length: 5-6 pages (1250-1500 words).

Due Date: November 11, 2009

Format: The essay should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced and have numbered pages. A cover page should include the title of your essay, your name, and your tutorial leader’s name. Choose a title carefully that will suggest the main ideas of your essay.

Your essay should include carefully cited references within the body of the text and a works cited page at the end. We recommend you use the: MLA citation style used in the. Refer to Keys for Writers for details on these citation styles.

Criteria of Evaluation

  1. Appropriate use of a controlling idea (claim, thesis statement) with main ideas clearly stated and demonstrated through the use of relevant course material;
  2. Demonstrated comprehension of course material, particularly as seen in summarizing, making analysis, selecting examples and contextualizing;
  3. Presence of unified, developed, coherent paragraphs with a clear relationship among the paragraphs;
  4. Absence of misspellings, sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices; and
  5. Appropriate use of MLA citation style.