During the first week of Theme: Analyzing History, you have been asked to respond to several questions designed to show your understanding of key concepts. Now it is time for you to submit your responses to those questions.
First, review your answers to each response. Check for errors and incomplete answers, and make sure you have used proper grammar throughout. If you have not completed any of these questions, do this now. When you are finished reviewing and editing, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to download your work and submit it to your instructor.
Here are the Week 5 Short Response exercises:
1. In the space below, specify which historical lens you’d like to use for this exercise.
2. Next, formulate a research question about the civil rights movement (historical time from 1954 – 1968), using the lens you’ve chosen.
3. First, go back and review the research question you developed in Step 1. For Step 2, first name two different primary sources that you might use to answer that question. Be as specific as you can. Your primary sources should be found using the Shapiro Library.
4. Next, name two different secondary sources you could use to answer your research question. Again, be as specific as you can. Your secondary sources should be found using the Shapiro Library.
5. Construct a thesis statement that provides an answer to the research question you posed in Step 1. Base your response on the historical evidence that’s been presented in this course so far, as well as any research you may have done on your own.
6. Name three specific historical events that can be considered contributory causes of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Briefly explain why you believe each of these events contributed to the passage of the Act.
7. Based on what you read about the passage of the Voting Rights Act on Page 1 of this learning block, name one event that was part of the course of this bill’s passage by Congress.
8. Name three specific consequences caused by the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
9. One of these scholars relied heavily on evidence about the substance of today’s political debate. Which scholar was that? What sort of evidence did he use?
10. One of these scholars relied heavily on evidence about the political process. Which scholar was that? What sort of evidence did he use?
- What is the topic of this essay? Does the author make it clear in the introduction?
- What is the author’s thesis?
- What kind of sources and evidence do you think the author will use to support his thesis?
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