Part 1: The first part of this assignment requires that you review the article you selected and indicate its main thesis or argument. In reviewing an article or chapter you are expected to explain the article in a manner that would provide someone who is unfamiliar with the article a sense of what it is about and what they could expect if they were to read the article. The review will provide a foundation for the second part of the essay. Part 2: The second part of the essay requires that you critique the article and how it connects to other material, especially Internet sources. In your critique you should identify those aspects you felt were strengths and weaknesses in the article: Was the article useful or relevant to your understanding of Métis culture? Was it easy to read or not? Did you agree or disagree with the author (throughout or at various points)? Why? How did this material connect (or not) to other sources we have looked at? Did it complement or enhance your understanding of material from the internet sources? Which ones? Why? This critique should be longer and more in-depth than the review. Additional information about citations and references: For the second part, you will be including references to other articles, chapters, and web sites, you need not supply the sources’ full identification within the body of the essay; this information is to be contained in the bibliography. For example, if you are reviewing Devine’s article from unit 1, put a full reference in the bibliography, but in the body of the essay, introduce it as Heather Devine’s (1985) “The Plains Metis” and then proceed to mention what Devine discusses without repeating the title over and over. For other authors, again provide their name, year of publication, and the title when you introduce the reference, but leave all the other details for the bibliography. For Internet sources use the titles provided on the web pages (if the author and year are not available) and provide the web address in the bibliography. For example, you may mention that your article is specifically tied to the Michif Cultural and Historical Preservation Society (year) site, which you then may continue to refer to as the MCHPS site. In the bibliography provide the web address after the full web site title. If a web site title is long, like “In Pursuit of Adventure: The fur-trade in Canada and the North West Company,” then provide the full title in the bibliography but refer to it as the “In Pursuit of Adventure” web site.
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