3 4 writing plan progress check 3

Hi, I know it looks like a lot but don’t panic, it’s not! I promise! Please keep in mind the below comment from last weeks writing plan check as you do this assignment. It’s building off the ones from the past 2 weeks, I uploaded the previous ones in case you need them.

This is a start, Lillie, but really needs much more detail for this stage. Remember that you are building this content week-to-week so that in Week 4 you will have a complete and thorough Writing Plan that will set you up for a strong introduction for the rest of the term.

Your topic paragraph needs to have the important details about the event, not just the brief overview. What information does your reader need to know about the Irish immigration to understand your project scope? Most students have at least five strong, detailed sentences for this content.

For the research question, I was clear that you need to get specific about what exactly you’re looking at in terms of the effects that you want to measure and the links that you’re going to make explicitly to the politics and economy. What precisely are you looking for in terms of primary sources to measure the impact? How will you make that tie clear?

Finally, the rubric requires you to “describe” your sources, not just name them. You should be able to say what the source is, what it argues, and how you will be using it to develop your own argument. You’ll do the same thing with your primary sources for Week 3 submission.


Jane Doe

HIS 200: Applied History

Southern New Hampshire University

April 17, 2016

[The student’s preliminary writing plan precedes these two sections.]


One primary source is the transcript of First Lady Betty Ford’s August 10, 1975 interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer, on file at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/document/0204/1511773.pdf).

Another primary source is Phyllis Schlafly’s critique of modern feminism, The Power of the Positive Woman (New York: Arlington House, 1977). This book is available in Shapiro Library.

One secondary source is “Competing conceptions of the first ladyship: Public responses to Betty Ford’s 60 Minutes interview” a detailed analysis of the reaction to the 60 Minutes interview by Maryanne Borrelli (2001; Presidential Studies Quarterly Vol. 31, No. 3 (September 2001); 397-414), which analyzes more than 1,400 letters that Mrs. Ford received after the interview, almost 67 percent of which expressed negative reactions.

Another secondary source is Republican Women: Feminism and Conservatism From Suffrage Through the Rise of the New Right, by Catherine Rymph (2006; Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press). This book is available in Shapiro Library.

Thesis Statement

Based on my research to date, I will try to support the following thesis: Even with the strong support of an extremely popular Republican First Lady, the ERA could overcome neither the divisions within the Republican Party, nor the conservative appeals of Phyllis Schlafly. This statement could change, based on subsequent research.