What conclusions can you make from this information, about daily life and work in medieval Europe?
o Double spaced text, Times New Roman, size 12 font, standard margins and indentation (see Turabian: Notes-Bibliography)
o The paper should have a title page, body, and bibliography page
o Using Turabian Notes-Bibliography style, format footnotes for the paper.
o Basic Organization (except literature topic, given in literature document): The paper will consist of an introduction, body and conclusion:
o Introduction should be one paragraph and should introduce the main argument, ending with a strong thesis statement. The thesis statement is the ONE SENTENCE argument.
o Body of the paper is a few paragraphs (3-4) developing and supporting the argument, showing comparison and contrast of the assigned documents, as well as further analysis and Biblical evaluation. The body of the paper should provide specific examples and details from the assigned sources.
o Conclusion is the final paragraph, restating the argument and summarizing the main points of the paper, drawing conclusions for the reader. No new information.
3000 BC- AD 476 – Evaluative Essay 1
Slavery was a common part of ancient culture, often the result of warfare and conquest. In the following documents are laws and practices in both the Hebrew community and the Greek civilization for slavery. As you read, consider the similarities and differences between these two cultures, and how slaves were a part of each economy.
Your thesis statement should answer the following question, using the three sources here, as well as New Testament Scripture, for support.
How do these practices line up with Christ’s teachings about how we are to treat others?
Context for Greek slavery
New Testament Scripture – Biblegateway.com
*May also consult Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance or other Bible Concordance.
476-1648 – Evaluative Essay 2
For this paper, you will consider the role of agriculture in the middle ages, and examine two secondary sources, one from the Carolingian period (early Middle Ages) and one from the High Middle Ages. As you read and consider, do keep in mind that they are separated by several centuries of time. You will also examine a primary source, the inventory of a Carolingian estate from the early Middle Ages.
Choose one of the themes below to consider in the body of the paper. The thesis statement should clearly respond to the theme chosen.
1) What conclusions can you make from this information, about daily life and work in medieval Europe? What changes occurred over the centuries that made life better?
2) Evaluate the information in light of your previous assumptions about medieval life. How does this information change, or bolster, your assumptions?
3) With the inventory of the Carolingian estate, what can you deduce about the nature and operations of the estate? How does the primary source provide support and additional information for the secondary source on Carolingian Europe?
4) After reading over the documents and descriptions of life and work, what struck you as the most interesting, and why? Are there any implications from this that relate to modern Western Civilization?
Carolingian Europe (c. 800)
Inventory Account of Carolingian estate (c. 800)
Urban and Rural Life during the High Middle Ages (c. 11th-12th centuries)