Article Assessment Template
Gordon P. Hagberg. “The Peculiarities of Geography: Africa”, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 335, The Rising Demand for International Education (May 1961), pp. 66-70. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1033255
(Please follow the above template in preparing your Article Assessment. Make sure to remove all of the existing material before submitting. You should only retain the formatting.
You have two options for the citation: either a bibliography [demonstrated at the bottom of the template], or the style used for book reviews [demonstrated at the top of the template].)
To complete this assignment, you need to provide a turabian format citation for the article (options demonstrated above and below), and a three paragraph assignment: (1) a 1-2 sentence statement of the author’s thesis, (2) a 3-5 sentence discussion of how the author supports his thesis, and (3) a 3-5 sentence discussion of how this article fits into the history of Africa as we’ve covered it in class so far. The assignment should be single spaced and in the paragraph format presented here.
The article that you choose must meet a variety of requirements in order to be suitable for this assignment. Please see them listed below. Particularly for the first assignment (but also during any other of the assignments), feel free to send the properly formatted citation and link for your article to your instructor, to make sure that you are on the right track to complete the assignment properly.
Avoid using direct quotes in an assignment of this type—it will rarely be a good use of your limited space. It is usually better to think through the issues and to state them in your own words. Your discussion should be specific. Make sure that it is clear that you read the material and that you thought about it carefully. Avoid generic statements like “it was interesting”, “it fit the week’s readings well”, “I liked the article”. Instead, make sure that you are clear about the thesis being presented, explain how and why the article fits the week’s readings, and discuss how and why it is a valuable source.
Hagberg, Gordon P. “The Peculiarities of Geography: Africa”, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 335, The Rising Demand for International Education (May 1961), pp. 66-70. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1033255
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