Assignment 1: Critical Research Analysis

Length: 1,000 – 1,200 words news

Value: 15%


  1. Read the secondary piece (Also available on Quercus in the Assignment 1 Folder):
  2. Read the primary pieces (Also available on Quercus in the Assignment 1 Folder):
  3. When reading both pieces, ensure you are reading with the critical reading questions we discussed in Lecture 02 in mind!
  4. Write an essay that responds to the following prompt:
    • The Mississauga’s of the New Credit have only just settled their land claim in the last twenty years. Using these primary sources as evidence, and the secondary piece (Blomley 2003) as analytical framework, answer the following questions:
      • What role does Canadian settler colonization continue to play in the geographies of urban Canada, Ontario, or other contemporary geographies?
      • How have contemporary Canadian economic, urban, and social geographies influenced the pattern of settler colonization in Canada today?


  1. Your essay must have a clear Introduction, Thesis Statement, Body, Conclusion, and Works Cited
  2. You essay must use proper Citation using Chicago Manual of StyleLinks to an external site. (also available on Quercus)
  3. You must build an argument that answers these analysis questions
  4. Your argument must be based on the evidence from the primary and secondary sources
  5. Consult the rubric (also available on Quercus)


  1. 1,000 – 1,200 words (NOT INCLUDING WORKS CITED)
  2. Cite in Chicago Manual of Style
  3. 12 point, Times New Roman font
  4. Double-spaced, 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins
  5. Header on 1st page only with Name
  6. Page numbers at the bottom of each page
  7. Upload in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format only

Notes and Miscellaneous:

  1. Come talk to me during my virtual office hours (Wednesdays 10-11AM; 2-3PM) if you have any specific, longer, questions
  2. Attend the live sessions and ask questions on the discussion board for more general questions
  3. Read the pieces critically and take notes on everything


Assignment 1: Critical Research Analysis (1)Assignment 1: Critical Research Analysis (1)CriteriaRatingsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTopic FocusHow do students deal with the central topic of settler colonialism and regional geographies?
Do students respond to the essay prompt?This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization and LegibilityIs the paper organized in a logical manner with clear introduction, body, and conclusion?
Is the paper well written without many grammatical mistakes?This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeArgumentation and Source UseHow well students argue their point and their use of the sources?
Do the students use the sources together in an analytical manner? 

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