Assignment 4.2 Long Essay/Multimedia Report

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Weight: 25 % of the final grade
Due Date: Friday 16 April
The objective of this assignment is to use all the resources in the course (Course Notes and readings) to compose an argument that is structured, logical, convincing, and well thought out. This final assignment asks you to reflect on the fundamental concepts of the course.

For the Assignment 4.1, a student can opt to:
  1. Write an essay on traditional written sources.
  2. Compare a feature film/documentary, board game, or a video game to the written Canadian military historical record. (See Suggested Media for Assignment 4.1)
  3. They can also request the military service records of a family ancestor and combined with other primary sources (War Diaries) and other sources, and write a "personalized" individual history.
  4. Compare a piece of Canadian military history fiction to the historical record.
  5. Write about a detailed aspect of your service career and how it fits in with the military history record. Note: Your essay may be considered Protected if it gets into operational details.
  6. Compile a photo essay on a current operation or past operation.

The assignment can be done as a traditional essay or some sort of multimedia presentation (slide-show, Flickr photo-essay, video, comic book). Note that alternatives to the essay need to be approved by the instructor. This is to ensure that your chosen format is optimal for what it is you want to resent and to ensure it does not become too consuming of a project.

Instructions for an Essay

Write an essay of 8-10 pages (approximately 2000-2500 words) which has an introduction with a thesis statement, body paragraphs that develop the thesis, and a conclusion.
Use reference material (quotes, ideas, opinions, evidence, examples) from a minimum of eight (8) different sources you have read during the course. These sources include: the two backgrounds textbooks (Destinies and A Military History of Canada); the individual selections in the Course Reader and War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada; and the Course Notes. You may also use sources external to the required course readings (journals, other books, Internet sites) in addition to your eight (8) sources from the course. Please note that while each individual selection from the Course Reader and War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada counts as one source, each individual chapter in the other two textbooks, Destinies and A Military History of Canada does not. Each of these latter two sources count as one (1) source each toward the eight (8) required no matter how many different sections of these books you cite in your essay.
You may choose to agree or disagree (in whole or in part) with the statement you have chosen. However, you must defend your position by providing specific examples, ideas, information, and/or arguments you have found in the course materials.
Present your essay in typed, 12-point font, double-spaced format. Avoid exceeding the specified length.
Your essay will be graded on the quality of the argument, analysis, written presentation, and use of sources.
You are not asked to provide a detailed overview of each article. The objective of the assignment is to use the sources to provide a logical and well-written response to the statement.
Email your Word document essay directly to the instructor at Then, make PDF of your assignment and post your assignment to the Discussion Forum for Assignment 4.1 on April 16 (and not before) and read one other persons paper and comment.

Instructions for Non Traditional Sources Analysis

Any other movie or board/video game that is of Canadian content or can accurately mimic Canadian content i.e. British for certain periods, will be accepted. Prior approval of the movie or game is needed. See Assignment Evaluation Resources

Shopping list of needed evaluation tools:
1. How to evaluate internet sources (completed see assignment 1)
2. How to evaluate newspaper and news journals (critique of Toronto Star attack over Afghan prisoners:
3. How to evaluate journal articles and books
4. How to evaluate archival sources
5. How to evaluate games (board or electronic) (In progress, see below)
6. How to evaluate movies/documentaries
7. How to evaluate biographies and oral history
8. How to do a photo Essay