Questions, Comments, Concerns?

  • Professor Hartman has provided you with a Reading Guide to help you with your CV chapters. Make certain to boost your reading quiz average!
  • Writing Center -- Go! Andale!!

Historical Thinking

  • Change over Time
  • Context
  • Causality
  • Contingency
  • Complexity

Rhetorical Thinking!

  • Author
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Context
  • Text

Historians Thomas Andrews and Flannery Burke recommend using two different types frameworks for context. The first framework is to think about the backstory and setting the scene--"the floating words that roll across the screen at the beginning of every ''Star Wars" (Andrews and Burke). The second framework for context is more interpretative. These stories that hold ideas, events, settings, time periods, and individuals are what context is. Understanding and knowing the context of a person or event enables us interpret and think critically history and historical evidence.

Consider the following phrase: Easy Tiger. What does this phrase mean??? Without the benefit of context, it's hard to make sense of this phrase. Notice how a little helps to context shape your understanding of the phrase.

Let's us take a minute to reflect on what historical context means.


Providing Evidence is Important

  • Consider the following statement: I believe that Las Casas put forth an effective argument to end the Encomienda system.
  • What could we do to this sentence, revision-wise, to make it more effective and stronger for an academic audience?
    • We could get rid of the belief part -- I believe that Las Casas put forth an effective argument to end the Encomienda system.
    • The new sentence would read: Las Casas put forth an effective argument to end the Encomienda system.
  • Next to make this sentence stronger, you would be more specific: Las Casas put forth an effective argument to end the Encomienda system by making use of his authority and knowledge about the Indians in Spanish colonies, using emotional graphic language to describe the way the Spanish were taking advantage of the the Indians, and by drawing on religious ideals.

But what you need now is EVIDENCE!!!

Where Do I Get My Evidence From For the Critical Analysis?

  • The Hollitz essay in the CV chapter and in your primary source document!

Homework

Friday in Class you will need to be prepared to work on your draft. Everyone will be given time to work on their Draft.


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Week Four