Use the ACTER questions below as a guide to analyzing the primary source texts assigned this semester. For your reading reflections for Unit 4, choose from any set of ACTER questions. Then choose one or two questions from either of those sets to focus your analysis. Your reflection should be in argumentative essay form (introduction with a thesis, body paragraphs presenting evidence, and a conclusion). Please choose one text from the list below. Unit 4 portfolio will have one (1) essay entry.
you will need access to the book “sources for frameworks of world history” I have the electronic version and will provide the info below
List of Texts to Choose From for Your Reflections:
SFWH: A12.1, A12.3, A12.5, A12.6
SFWH: A13.1, A13.2
SFWH: A14.1, 14.2, 14.3
Format of each Reading Reflection Entry in your Unit Portfolio:
Place your name (Last, First), date, CRN, word count, and title of your reflection on the top left of the page. Your typed write-ups should be approximately 500 words in length, 1.5 line-spaced, typed, in 12pt font. Cite your source by using Chicago-style Footnotes. The Chicago Manual of Style can be found at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
Who was the author and what was her or his place in society (explain why you are justified in thinking so)? What could or might it be, based on the text, and why?
Why did the author prepare the document? What was the occasion for its creation?
Who was the audience for this document? How do you know this from the source itself?
What was at stake for the author in this text? Why do you think she or he wrote it? What evidence in the text tells you this?
What were three ideas, values, or material culture of this time and place that you think are important? Provide specific examples from the text.
How are the ideas, values, or material culture of this time and place, as expressed in this document different from our own? Provide evidence of modern ideas, values, or material culture from a contemporary primary source, e.g. a newspaper article or website published since 2000 CE that supports your argument.
What is the author’s thesis? How does the text make its case? What was its strategy for accomplishing its goal? How does it carry out this strategy?
What was the intended audience of the text? How might this influence its rhetorical strategy? Cite specific examples.
What arguments or concerns did the author respond to that were not clearly stated? Provide at least one example of a point at which the author seems to be refuting a position never clearly stated. Explain what you think this position may be in detail, and why you think it.
Do you think the author is credible and reliable? Use at least one specific example to explain why. Make sure to explain the principle of rhetoric or logic that makes this passage credible.
How did the author know what he or she knows about the subject of the text?
What kinds of information does this text reveal that it does not seem concerned with revealing? (In other words, what does the text tell us without knowing it’s telling us?)
Offer one claim from the text which is the author’s interpretation. Now offer one example of a historical “fact” (something that is absolutely indisputable) that we can learn from this text (this need not be the author’s words).
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