Anson's RA Essay Historical Context Layout (Introduction (Start with a…
Anson's RA Essay Historical Context Layout
Start with a hook
Transition into some background information on the author.
Arguable point - should answer a question
Connection to certain historical events
Touch on the intended audience
How this all relates toward a message
What to think about during writing
Make sure not to summarize, but analyze.
Every evidence needs to have an explanation of why it is there.
Remember the intended audience of the author.
Make sure the historical events are of the time of the author writing.
Do not use dropped quotes
Use past tense
Introduce the historical event
Using evidence from the original text to prove how the rhetor is proving a message using the historical event
Weave in information on the historical event from another source.
Pick out quotes from secondary sources. Analyze them and connect how they work towards the rhetor's message.
How does the text speak or reflect on the historical time period or the event.
Focus on intended audience and the effect this text may have on them
Topic sentence that makes a debatable claim from the thesis
Similar to the introduction
End the essay with some type of question, call to action, or reverse funnel.
Reiterate the thesis.
Write something the reader can take away, do not restate the thesis.