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 Write an essay of 750 words (no less than 650 and no more than 850 words) on this question: how did the revolutions of 1848 differ from those that occurred in 1787-89? The quality of your essay with depend on specific references to trends and events. 

❏ My essay includes a short introduction, several body paragraphs, and a short conclusion (essay #1 may include only one body paragraph; essay #2 must include several body paragraphs).

 ❏ My essay sticks to the required word count.

Structure

❏ My introduction includes a clear and assertive thesis statement that answers the question in the prompt. This statement can be one or two sentences. 

❏ Each body paragraph has a topic sentence that summarizes the main idea of the paragraph, and supports my thesis. 

❏ Each body paragraph transitions seamlessly to the next and illustrates the relationship between adjacent paragraphs.

❏ Each body paragraph contains evidence from primary sources that support my thesis.

❏ My conclusion consolidates all the information I discussed and restates my thesis. 

Quotes

❏ Each quote is correctly cited using MLA in-text citations. See examples.

  • When citing/paraphrasing The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol. II: Since 1500, 6th ed: …(Hunt et al., 133)…  
  • When citing/paraphrasing primary sources: …(Rousseau, 5)… or …(Marx and Engels, 21c)… 
  • When citing/paraphrasing lectures: …(Hunt, Lecture #3)… 

❏ All quotes are properly introduced. I told the reader who is speaking (name+who they are), when (date), and in which context (name of speech or article, etc.). 

❏ After introducing the author of the quote, I used a signal phrase to indicate that their words are next. E.g.: “In The Social Contract, Rousseau stated that…” (Rousseau, 3) or “According to Marx and Engels in The Communist Manifesto, …” (Marx and Engels, 21c) 

❏ Each quote or piece of evidence is explained and put in context. I interpreted the evidence for the reader in relation to my argument and the period being studied. 

❏ No outside primary sources may be used: you must stick to the ones included in “Documents from Sources of the Making of the West,” or the ones Prof. Hunt provided on CCLE.

Style

❏ My essay does not over-quote, feature lengthy quotes, or paraphrase large sections of the textbooks. 

❏ I do not start or end any paragraphs with quotes. 

❏ I read my essay aloud to myself or a friend. I checked that each sentence is clear, eliminated any cases of passive voice, and removed awkward or vague phrases. 

❏ I proofread and spell-checked my essay. 

❏ My essay includes dates, definitions, and explanations of who people are.

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