I'm doing the The Unification of Italy 1815–70 unit and I need help answering the 70 mark question...?
The question includes the five sources..
My teachers haven't really given me any clear guidance on how to answer it so I'd appreciate any help at all!
Thank you in advance!
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- 16-04-2013 15:55
- 16-04-2013 21:44
Could you possibly upload/link to the paper?
The answer will be strongly molded by the sources they gave you, so it would help to see them
- 17-04-2013 14:19
Start by placing the sources into groups; i.e. Sources A, B and C all suggest one view, whilst D and E state another view (some sources may fit into both groups). Then work through each group with evaluation (date, author, tone, typicality, purpose, completeness) of each source. Cross Reference between each source, i.e. making links between them in your evaluation, to decide which is most useful. Don't worry, you'll be fine!
- 18-04-2013 12:40
When you are looking at the sources group them into sources which agree, and that disagree with the statement/interpretation. Highlight key phrases as you'll be able to add your own knowledge here.
Identify the source groups (example: sources A and C both agree with the statement, where as sources B and D...). Sometimes it may be an equal split, or there may be up to three main ideas on the paper (it is unlikely that every source will present a different view because this would make the paper very hard and you wouldn't have enough time to write).
Sources that agree:
Analyse the sources which agree with the question/interpretation/statement. Cross reference by identifying similar quotes or ideas. Make sure to weave provenance into the answer rather than adding it at the end of the paragraph or having a new paragraph for it (this is a big no-no).
Sources that disagree:
Same as before but with different sources.
Make a judgement and answer the question IN REGARD TO THE SOURCES.
Make sure that you add bits of own knowledge throughout, however do not base your essay on this. You are supposed to be writing about the sources. Own info will get you C/B grade answers.