Answer the questions thoughtfully, using examples and logic. The idea here is NOT to paraphrase information from the Loewen text. The questions require you to critically analyze the book and offer your own consideration of the information, not regurgitate information. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your critical and analytical reading/writing skills. You will use the same strategy of critical analysis when you look at sources you consider for your paper.
Plagiarism: The act of plagiarism is the taking of another person’s (ideas, writings, etc.) and passing them of as one’s own. There’s a great explanation of plagiarism (and a workshop to help you learn to avoid it) on the Purdue OWL (online writing lab). Google it! Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.
Pick up a high school history textbook (check a used bookstore or a library), look up an event or person in history that is of interest to you, and analyze the way in which the event is presented.
Look at how the history book you have chosen portrays either Helen Keller or Woodrow Wilson and compare that treatment to the first chapter’s treatment.
What is reference material? Take a look at this: http://seattlecentral.edu/iris/types/encyclopedias/encyclopedias.shtml.
What is the difference between primary sources, and secondary sources? If you’re not sure, take a look at this: http://seattlecentral.edu/iris/types/primary_secondary/primary_secondary.shtml
What sources (indicated by the small numbers) does Loewen use to prove/discuss Christopher Columbus’s motivations and actions? Quote and discuss at least two specific examples.
Do a bit of research and give an example of an important but little-known historical person or event like the American plague. Do you think censorship is involved in how the subject of your answer is presented?
Why is slavery now taken seriously in American history while conquest is still not?
Why do American history textbooks continue to avoid mentioning Triracial Isolates?
Cite (using MLA style) three quotations that strike you in this chapter and explain what thoughts these quotations lead you to. If you’re not sure how to cite, use the Purdue OWL or the Hacker website. Make sure you use SIGNAL PHRASES to introduce the quotations, and parenthetical notation after the quote to say where it came from.