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Instructions: Please respond to these questions using evidence from Jonathan Earle’s John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry: A Brief History with Documents. Consider the following prompts mini-essay questions. That means I expect multiple paragraphs for each question in most instances. (Each paragraph has a topic sentence, supporting details, and a transitional or concluding statement) Please answer each of these questions using formal writing. In short, this means proper grammar, spelling, and word choice. 1.Explain the how John Brown became a radical abolitionist. What experiences put him on this path? Please provide at least three examples from the book. Please use quotes sparingly if at all. I will count off for any LONG quotes (longer than 3 sentences). (15%) 2.What was John Brown’s plan and what steps did he take toward action? Consider actions BEFORE Harper’s Ferry for most of your response. Please provide at least three different examples from the book, two of which MUST come from “documents” section of the book. Please use quotes sparingly if at all. I will count off for any LONG quotes (longer than 3 sentences). (15%) 3.Explain ways in which John Brown was a terrorist. Please provide at least three different examples from the book, two of which MUST come from “documents” section of the book. Please use quotes sparingly if at all. I will count off for any LONG quotes (longer than 3 sentences). (30%) 4.Explain ways in which John Brown was NOT a terrorist. Please provide at least three different examples from the book, two of which MUST come from “documents” section of the book. Please use quotes sparingly if at all. I will count off for any LONG quotes (longer than 3 sentences). (30%) 5. Do you think John Brown was a terrorist? Why or why not? (I really want your opinion here. Think about what evidence you found most compelling and use it to justify your response.) (10%)

Response Paper Instructions—Due 04/15/2015

This class has the book John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry by Jonathan Earle assigned as a secondary reader.  We use this book to learn how to interpret primary documents, assess evidence, think critically, and write effectively.

 

The central idea I want you to examine as you read this book is the following:  Was John Brown a terrorist?

Once you decide, your job is to write a short essay response to each of the general questions (see link in BB).  The entire project should be 1200-1800 words.  Consider these guidelines as you begin this process.

  1. The best evidence in this book comes from the primary documents that come after the summary of John Brown and the raid. I expect your data to come mainly if not exclusively from these documents.  (NOT THE SUMMARY OF THESE DOCUMENTS)
  2. I am not all that interested in his business interests, love life, children, etc. unless such evidence can legitimately aid your argument.
  3. There is strong data for both perspectives in this book. Ignoring data that doesn’t support your perspective doesn’t make it go away.  The best papers will consider opposing evidence, and, if possible, refute it.
  4. This is formal writing. That means proper grammar and spelling.  It also means proper format. You need an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.  Each paragraph needs to have a topic sentence with supporting details that speak back to that topic sentence.  All paragraphs at some level need to speak back to your thesis.
  5. Please make sure your paragraphs are not overly long. Do not be afraid to break them up.
  6. Citations: I do not expect plagiarism to be a problem in this class.  However, students need to understand what a paraphrase is and how to cite it.
  7. A quotation is when you take evidence and wording directly from a source and put it in quotation marks. This needs a proper citation.
  8. A paraphrase is when you take something from a source that is not common knowledge and put it in your own words. This also needs a proper citation.
  9.          It is helpful to consider this as you compile evidence.  As you write, ask yourself, “Did I know this information before I read the book?”  If the answer is no, then you should cite accordingly.

 

  1. You use parenthetical documentation when you cite. Basically that is just a page number in parenthesis.

 

  1. Quotes: Please use quotations only when the wording is absolutely necessary to get the point across.

 

  1. Please use no more than 4 quotations for the entire paper

 

  1. No quotation should be longer than 4 lines long. (3 sentence or less usually)