Three to four pages in length (approximately 1,000 to 1,500 words). Using the Valencia College’s databases for scholarly sources, students will find a peer-reviewed journal article that analyzes one of the primary sources read in class (see Class Schedule for list of primary sources read in class). Once a secondary source is selected, students will provide an analysis and evaluation of the secondary source, discussing what the secondary source says about the primary source and responding to the secondary source’s argument.
An emphasis must be placed on evaluation; students must go beyond a simple synopsis (i.e. an explanation of the secondary source’s content) or a personal judgment (either a personal review of the secondary source or using the secondary source to justify a morality). Students should instead determine the central argument of the secondary source, and then evaluate how that secondary source helps the audience to understand the value of the original primary source. Students may then respond directly to the argument, discussing whether the secondary source has a valid opinion or not.
Before selecting a secondary source, students should refer to the criteria for valid secondary sources discussed in class. Students are only required to select one secondary source and one primary source (no additional research is required). However, students may find it necessary to conduct some exploratory research to verify information provided in the secondary source; if a student uses any information from that exploratory research, that information must be cited in the paper.
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