The essay are argumentative essays. They should have a strong argument(also called a thesis)which is supported by detailed historical evidence. For more details on Grading,Important Dates,and Formatting,see the course syllabus,grading rubrics(Brightspace)and the Self-Assessment Sheet. A short explanation of an argumentative essay is here: owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/essay_writing/argumentative_essays.html Sources. As the sources for their essays,students should use the course readings,lectures,and films. (Take notes during lectures and films!) In addition,optional extra essays and historical documents are posted on the course Brightspace page.