write a thesis-driven essay ? not a simple descriptive account or summary of the document?s contents. The essay will make a central claim about how the document illuminates or illustrates some of the key themes or ideas of its historical context.

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Students?have?two?options?for?completing?the?document?analysis?writing?assignment.
The?first?option?is?to?write?an?assignment?focused?on?a?single?source.?Students?who?choose?this?option?will:
1.?work?with?a?single?primary?source?selected?from?the?sources?posted?online?(including?any?selection?from?the
American?Yawp?Primary?Source?Reader)
2.?explain?how?that?single?document?illustrates?a?few?key?concepts?/?ideas?/?sensibilities?characteristic?of?the
time,?place?and?culture?in?which?the?source?was?written.?It?is?up?to?students?to?decide?which?ideas?/?sensibilities
are?evident?in?the?selected?source.
The?second?option?is?to?write?an?assignment?focused?on?a?single?idea.?Students?who?choose?this?option?will:
1.?identify?a?central?concept,?idea,?or?sensibility?that?was?salient?in?American?thought?and?culture?from?the?period
of?1607???1865.
2.?trace?the?development?or?permutation?of?that?single?theme?/?idea?over?time,?drawing?evidence?from?multiple
primary?sources.?It?is?up?to?students?to?decide?which?sources?can?best?illuminate?the?historical?development?of?a
particular?idea?/?theme.
For?either?option,?students?must:
1.?follow?the?guidelines?listed?in?the?syllabus?regarding?appropriate?secondary?sources
2.?format?the?paper?according?to?the?guidelines?listed?in?the?syllabus,?making?sure?to?stay
within?the?word?length?boundaries?of?the?assignment
3.?use?Chicago?Manual?of?Style?citation?style?for?all?citations.?Use?footnotes,?not?endnotes,
and?include?a?bibliography?page.?For?specific?details?on?CMS?citation?style?and?formatting?of?footnotes,?you?may
consult?the?following?online?resource?for?guidance:?https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/
There?is?no?minimum?number?of?secondary?sources?required?to?complete?this?assignment.?What?this?assignment
does?require?is?that?you?make?an?argument?based?on?evidence???evidence?from?the?primary?source(s),?further
illuminated?or?contextualized?by?reference?to?evidence?from?relevant?secondary?source(s).
This?paper?must?advance?an?arguable?claim.
That?claim?could?take?one?of?two?forms,?depending?on?which?option?you?choose.?A?claim?for?Option?A?might?go
something?like?this:
[Primary?Source?X]?reveals?the?importance?of?[or??the?relationship?between,??or??the?contested?nature?of,??etc]
the?ideas?of?[A?and?B,?or?A?B?and?C,?etc]?in?American?history?during?[the?time?period?this?document?represents].
A?claim?for?Option?B?might?go?something?like?this:
[Primary?Sources?A,?B,?and?C]?reveal?that?[idea?X]?has?been?an?important?[or??contested,??or??influential,??or
?fairly?stable??or??constantly?changing,??etc.]?idea?in?American?history?from?[era?Y]?to?[era?Z].
That?claim?is?your?paper?s??thesis?statement.?
The?body?of?your?paper?will?advance?that?central?claim,?one?step?at?a?time.
Each?paragraph?of?your?paper?is?a?single?step?toward?advancing?your?larger?claim.?So?the?first?sentence?of?each
paragraph?will?make?an?assertion?about?one?aspect?of?your?larger?argument.?And?the?rest?of?the?sentences?in?each
paragraph?will?support?that?assertion?and?only?that?assertion.?Thus,?each?paragraph?has?one?topic,?and?the?first
sentence?of?each?paragraph?is?the??topic?sentence??for?that?paragraph.