Topic: Immigration coursework assignment

  • ASSIGNMENT:

Create a 8/5/3 List: List 8 interesting ideas + 5 analytical questions + 3 connections

List 8 interesting ideas (75-100 words each): 6 about the book + 2 about the

essay.

  • What ideas did you find especially interesting and why?
    • The 6 ideas from book(1 per chapter) + 2 ideas from essay.

List 5 analytical questions (50 words each, max.): 3 about the book + 2 about the essay.

*What are the most pressing questions that come to mind?

  • List 3 connections between the book and the essay (75-100 words each).

*What connections can you make between the two texts?

SAMPLE TEMPLATE:

8 Interesting Ideas

1. List idea (cite author of text, page number)
2. same as above
3. etc.
4-8. etc.

5 Analytical Questions

1. List question (cite author of text, page number)
2. same as above
3. etc.
4. etc.
5. etc. 

3 Connections

1. List connection (cite authors and page numbers)
2. same as above
3. etc.

GRADE ASSESSMENT:

Grades will be based on the originality and insight of your ideas, questions, and connections.

Assignment Guidelines

The objective here isn’t sophisticated writing, it’s sophisticated thinking. 

Technical Information

  • Limit your submission to 3-5 pages total.
    • Even though this is not a formal essay, the language should still be formal and error-free.
    • Avoid first person and personal opinion.
    • Use footnoted or parenthetical citations for everything! 
    • NO repeats of topics either within a section or between sections! Cover as much material from the readings as you can.

The Best Lists

  • avoid direct quotes in this assignment. Rather, use your words to explain your ideas, questions, and connections.
    • demonstrate depth and complexity of your own original thoughts on issues raised in the readings, NOT verbatim ideas from the readings.
    • explain why an idea is interesting! You must explain the nature of the connection you’re making, not just repeat ideas from reading.
    • rather than listing less important facts from the book, grapple with substantial historical ideas, events, processes, and changes.

Asking Strong Historical Questions

Questions should be of a historical nature, avoiding the following:

  • philosophical musings (What if…)
    • policy-related questions (Why doesn’t the government…)
    • psychological questions (Why would they do that?)
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