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Prompt: Choose one area of hierarchical stratification such as class, caste, political ideology, aspects of urbanism, patriarchy/matriarchy, religion, symbolism (such as clothing or monumental architecture), etc. How did early civilizations use your chosen apparatus of hierarchy to contribute to empire and/or state building before 800AD?
Students may use any form of citation they deem appropriate. Note that in Essays 2 and 3 we will use CMS.
Students may draw from a number of examples and themes throughout the globe before 800AD. Feel free to use the primary and secondary sources from our weekly readings or discover your own online or at the library.
Engaging in the three C’s will definitely bolster the analysis within your body paragraphs.
Essay 1 will be graded on the following structural and analytical criteria:
Essay Structure and Written Communication
The essay must include an interesting and concise introductory paragraph (Between 5-8 sentences.)
The introductory paragraph must end with a thesis statement: a single sentence which precisely articulates the argument.
All body paragraphs must be a sub-argument of the thesis and must stay on topic in relation to the thesis.
All body paragraphs must contain a topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end.
All body paragraphs contain well- organized evidence and analysis that never stray from the thesis or sub-argument of the paragraph.
The essay must demonstrate an understanding of the events, people, and/or ideas discussed in the paper in their correct historical context.
Students will only select evidence that best proves their argument.
Students will not narrate events. They will synthesize pertinent points and explain how they connect to the main arguments.
Writers will go beyond presentation of evidence in a narrative way to draw conclusions that are not immediately obvious.
The writer not only mentions specific dates, places and people, but connects them to their thesis.
Historically accurate evidence and analysis
A mixture of BOTH primary and secondary sources
All evidence is cited in any way students deem appropriate (Essays 2 and 3 will use CMS)
Students will write a paper that demonstrates the ability to use English for written expression at the college level
Paper is understandable with little grammatical or stylistic mistakes
The word count is at least 1000 words