4 pages (double-spaced) in length, with 12-point regular font (Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.) and 1-inch margins. Quotations and paraphrasing from the sources or the textbook must be properly cited with footnotes. I expect all exams to be thoroughly proof-read: papers with significant grammatical errors and typos will be docked.
- Introduction (1-2 paragraphs), 10%: â€˜Aâ€™ essays have an introduction that sets up the context for their paper, and indicates the historical claims they intend to make. â€œOver the past 75 years, X, Y, and Z have contributed to the vision of modern Britain shown in these two mediaâ€
- Body (3-5 paragraphs), 60%: The body will provide specific examples taken from the lecture material, the Vernon textbook, or outside sources to support their claims. â€˜Aâ€™ essays provide at least four specific pieces of evidence that clearly back up the argument, and will persuasively justify the reasons why they have been chosen.
- Conclusion (1 paragraph), 10%: The conclusion is intended to tie it all together, restating major points developed in the body of the essay and explaining how they support the argument of the paper.
- Writing, 10%: â€˜Aâ€™ essays are organized, use smooth transitions between paragraphs and ideas, use language that clearly communicates ideas, and are grammatically correct.
- Formatting/Technical, 10%. Improperly formatted essays (those that do not follow font, margin, or footnote guidelines) or those with many typographical errors or many long quotations will be docked.