For this assignment use Primary Source 2.3 â€œFray Alonso De Benavides, Excerptsâ€¦â€, pages 14-16 in Reading American Horizons. Students are to write a 250-350 word essay that analyzes the source and places it in its historical context. Below I have laid out a method for doing this. My goal is to avoid receiving 300 word summaries of the source. There is a place for summary, but in this type of assignment there isnâ€™t space for summary.
Here is a strategy for doing the Primary Source assignments.
- Read the chapter.
- Read the source; interpret the source; take notes; but do not start writing yet.
- Find the section of the AH chapter which relates to the source. The assigned source is 2.3 â€œFray Alonso de Benavidesâ€¦â€ If you look back into the chapter you will find that pages 44-46 â€œNew Spain into the Southwestâ€ discusses the Spanish conquest and pages 60-63 discuses Alonso de Benavides and his work.
- Write your short response in an essay form (250-350 words, and citations count for words). Your essay will need a thesis statement; an introduction; and a conclusion (so at least three paragraphs). Interpret the source (tell me what it is aboutâ€”but donâ€™t give me a 300 word summary) but also use the information from pages 44-46 and 60-63 to place the source in its historical context. The class will find I am a nag about putting things into their historical context. It is a history class. Also, make sure your introduction connects with your conclusion.
- Proof read. Check the spelling, the grammar, and punctuation. Avoid the use of contractions. Yes, we use contractions in the discussions and I use them in the instructions, but this is your opportunity to present a formal paper.
The reading is attached