Obviously the introduction leads off. This tells the reader “the what” and “the why.” Your thesis statement will be included in this early part of the text. What do I argue in this paper?
5. Writing the paper.
a). Obviously the introduction leads off. This tells the reader “the what” and “the why.” Your thesis statement will be included in this early part of the text. What do I argue in this paper? What is my major thrust/focus/point? After conducting and reviewing primary and secondary source materials you will have a much better sense of a thesis statement. Your thesis statement should be at the end of this first paragraph and should show the larger connection between your interviewee’s experiences and the larger cultural context in which they occurred. Your introduction should also introduce the reader to your subject (the person you interviewed – by name).
b). You use the body of the paper to provide evidence in support of your thesis. Remember this is an oral history paper, not a topic paper. Your interviewee’s experiences should be the main focus and you should do the work to find academic sources that help to highlight how these experiences connect to the larger cultural contexts in which they occurred.
c). In the conclusion you re-state (reword) the thesis and the significance of the topic.
I expect at least 8 different academic sources (these will also be included in in text citations and in the works cited) for the paper. These academic sources can include those used in class but most likely will be sources that you will need to research to fit the life of the person you interviewed (again, only academic sources will count). If you do use class sources, Schultz counts as one source (regardless of how many times you take information from the book). Each lecture would count as a separate source. Make sure that your direct connections to academic sources are meaningful (in almost all cases connecting your person’s experiences with the Puritans would not be meaningful). Academic sources are NOT websites that end in .com . Use APA reference style for this paper.