5 Page Essay

I’m studying and need help with a History question to help me learn.

Instructions:

1. Required Readings: (I will send you the files)

  • Bonfil Batalla, “The Problem of National Culture
  • Roger Barta, “Does It Mean Anything to Be Mexican?

2. Required Viewings:

3. Exam:

  • The Final Paper for this course will be a “take home” essay exam. The prompt for the essay will ask you to take a position on a specific issue related to modern world history and then require you to use materials from throughout the course as support for your position (note: to clarify, this assignment is not a research paper and the topic for the paper will be given to you). The links to the prompt and submission link will appear along with the other materials for this lesson on the date specified on the Course Syllabus as the date when I will assign the Final Paper/Exam.
  • Steps to completing the Paper/Exam:
    • Read Final Paper/Exam Instructions and Prompt
    • Recommended: Review “Writing Your History Essay” handout
    • Recommended: Review “Final Paper Grading Rubricto see how your paper/exam will be evaluated
    • Complete your Paper/Exam

    History of Mexico Paper Choose ONE of the three essay prompts below and compose a 5-8 page essay that responds to it. This is a take-home exam, so you may not reference any non-course material or receive any outside assistance (with the exception of assistance from staff/tutors at the LRC Tutoring Center). Any essays that do so will receive an automatic “F” on the assignment and put you at risk of failing the course. Essays must be submitted through Canvas to Turnitin.com prior to the due date. Remember to adhere to the following rules and restrictions:

    • You may not use any outside information for this essay; all information and sources must come from the assigned course readings (see specifications and exceptions noted in the Prompt); allowable materials also include online lectures, assigned films/videos, and recommended readings. Using outside sources or references will result in an ‘F’ on the assignment and put you at risk of failing the course.
    • All quotations and summarized passages must be cited with a parenthetical citation that includes the sources author or document/article name and page number, when available. For example, “(Plan of Ayala 340)”, “(Contreras 2)”, or “(Palomares no page)”; if you use any materials from lecture, they should be cited by stating lecture and the approximate lecture date: “(Lecture 4/23/13)”. Failure to cite all materials is plagiarism and may result in an ‘F’ on the Exam and possibly in the course!
    • You should format your essay in MLA style (for guidelines, see next page)
    • You must turn in an on-line copy of your essay through Turnitin.com (to upload your essay onto Turnitin.com, go the “Content” section of the course website, scroll down to the last folder on the page (“Final Essay”), and follow the upload instructions). When you submit your paper, please use “Option A”, “Option B”, or “Option C” as your title.
    • Remember that this is an analytical and argumentative essay—use summaries and evidence only as they contribute to/support your analysis; essays include extensive summary with little analysis will not receive satisfactory grades.
    • Avoid writing in the first person (“I”, “we”, “my”, “our”, etc.)—this is an argumentative paper that YOU are writing, so the reader knows that it is your opinion and you do not have to say so. For example, instead of writing “I think that Mexico developed in an uneven fashion”, simply write “Mexico developed in an uneven fashion.”
    • You do not need to include a bibliography/works cited page because all material used in this essay must come from course materials.

    Prompt: You must use an analysis/evaluation of at least five documents assigned in this course (see specific instructions below, as applicable). In addition to these required documents you may also incorporate additional documents to help argue your position, but you may not use any documents that are not listed on the Syllabus. The key point of this essay is analyzing documents, so essays that rely extensively on historical summaries will not receive satisfactory grades on this essay—your essay and the evidence for your arguments should be rooted in an in-depth analysis of documents from this course, and you should incorporate historical summaries only to the minimal extent that they are absolutely necessary to provide a context/background for your primary source analysis. Option A: Over the course of the semester, you have read a variety of perspectives about what constitutes “mexicanidad” (“mexicanness”). Discuss at least three ways that “mexicanidad” has been defined in the past, and explain why you agree or disagree with each definition based on what you know about the history of Mexico. Your essay should conclude by explaining how you would define “mexicanidad” today and why you do/do not think that your definition will remain appropriate in the future. In order to support your analysis/arguments, your essay must include a discussion of at least three readings combined from “Lesson 1” and/or “Lesson 9”, and it must include a discussion of at least three additional documents from this course (written, visual, or auditory) that are not from “Lesson 1” and/or “Lesson 9”. Option B: As you examine the two Gabino Palomares songs on the Syllabus, “La letanía de los poderosos” and “Maldición de Malinche”, you should note that each discusses a distinctive narrative about Mexican history. In your opinion, which of these narratives/versions of Mexican society has been most prominent in Mexico since Independence? In order to support your answer, you should discuss at least five documents (written, visual, and/or auditory) to show how individuals and/or political movements have embraced each of these narratives at different points in time. Option C: In your opinion, was the Mexican Revolution successful? In your response to this question, you should use at least five documents from this course to describe conditions (economic, political, social and/or cultural) prior to the Revolution (during the Porfiriato, in particular); explain the objectives of the revolution; and then discuss why you believe the revolution has or has not been successful in the century since its occurrence. Formatting Guidelines:

    • Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11- inch paper.
    • Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
    • Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.
    • Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
    • Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.
    • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: You may exclude the header on the first page, if desired)
    • Be sure to meet the length requirement for this paper; five pages refers to five complete pages (not three pages plus one line on page five).

    Suggested Steps for Completing Your Final Paper
    Option A: 1. Choose three of the readings from Lesson 1 and Lesson 9 that discuss “mexicanidad” (mexicanness). 2. Summarize the key arguments about “mexicanidad” in each of these readings (note that these readings don’t always use the term “mexicanidad”, but they all examine the question of what is “Mexican”/what “Mexican” means?). 3. Decide what aspects of each of these three perspectives you agree and/or disagree with. 4. Come up with examples from the readings, visual documents, films, and songs that we have explored. The examples should provide support for why you think each of these perspectives on “mexicanidad” is accurate or inaccurate. 5 Develop your own definition of modern day “mexicanidad” based on the ideas from the Lesson 1 and Lesson 9 readings as well as on your own ideas. 6. Come up with some examples from the readings, visual documents, films, and songs that we have explored that provide support for your definition of modern day “mexicanidad”.
    Option B: 1. Watch the videos and read the lyrics for the two Gabino Palomares songs. 2. Determine what narrative about Mexican history each song represents—in other words, how does each song conceptualize Mexican society and history? (note that Palomares did not write “La letanía de los poderosos” as a verbatim description of his own perspective on Mexican society; rather, he role played to sing about the vision of Mexican society that he presumed the “powerful” to hold). 3. Decide which version of Mexican society you believe has tended to be the dominant version (or “official” history) in Mexican society throughout time— note that it is fine to argue that one version predominated at certain moments and the other predominated at other moments. 4. Come up with at least 5 examples (written documents, visual documents, films, or auditory documents) from various points in Mexico’s history that show one of these narratives being embraced/used.
    Option C: 1. Put together a description of Mexican society before the revolution (eg. Mexico in the 19th century). Your description should draw on readings from this course to describe economic, political, social and/or cultural conditions in Mexico before the revolution. 2. Put together a list of the objectives of the revolution. 3. Put together a description of Mexican society after the revolution (eg. Mexico in the 20th & 21st centuries). Your description should draw on readings from this course to describe economic, political, social and/or cultural conditions in Mexico after the revolution. 4. Decide whether or not you think that Mexican society after the revolution (the 20th & 21 centuries) has changed from pre-revolutionary Mexico (19th century) in the ways that the revolution said that it would. Based on this decision, do you believe that the revolution was successful?

  • You may not use any outside information for this essay; all information and sources must come from the assigned course readings (see specifications and exceptions noted in the Prompt); allowable materials also include online lectures, assigned films/videos, and recommended readings. Using outside sources or references will result in an ‘F’ on the assignment and put you at risk of failing the course.

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