HIS 200 Historical Analysis Essay Progress Check 2 Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: Throughout Theme: Analyzing History, you have been guided through beginning your Project 2: Historical Analysis Essay assignment, which you will
continue to work on in Theme: Thinking About History and formally submit for completion at the end of Week 8 of the course. This progress check assignment
provides you with an important opportunity to get valuable instructor feedback on the progress you are making and to ensure you are on the right track for your
Prompt: Theme: Analyzing History has introduced you to how historians approach assessing historical evidence to refine their thesis statement and message. By
now you should have enough evidence compiled from your research to begin writing your historical analysis essay. You will begin working on the essay piece by
piece. In Theme: Analyzing History, learning block 6-4 (page 1), you will work on drafting the body of your essay. Return to your submission for Progress Check 1
and draft three body paragraphs that explore the causes, course, and consequences of your chosen historical event and use evidence from primary and
secondary sources to support your thesis.
Specifically, in this assignment, you will submit the following elements of your Project 2: Historical Analysis Essay for review by your instructor:
In Theme: Analyzing History, learning
block 6-4 (page 1), you worked toward the
- Body: You will use this section of your essay to provide further detail about your historical event
while supporting the claim you made in your thesis statement. Make sure to cite your sources.
Specifically, you should:
- Describe the causes of the historical event. In other words, what were the underlying factors
that led to the historical event? Were there any immediate causes that precipitated the
- Illustrate the course of your historical event. In other words, tell the story or narrative of your
event. Who were the important participants? What did they do? Why? How do the
perspectives of the key participants differ?
- Describe the immediate and long-term consequences of the historical event for American
society. In other words, how did the event impact American society?
- Discuss the historical evidence that supports your conclusions about the impact of the event
on American society. Support your response with specific examples from your sources.
Please note that the numbering included above directly aligns with the numbering of these elements as they are presented in the Project 2 Guidelines and
Rubric. You will ultimately also need to include a conclusion and reference list and make sure you communicate your essay’s overall message in your final
historical analysis essay, but you do not need to do so in this submission. You will be prompted to build upon this progress check submission to prepare your final
historical analysis essay for submission in Week 8.
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