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1 Finer points to pay attention to! EXTRA DOCUMENTS: What other types of documents would have helped you to better understand the documents? HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: What else do you know about the topic that would be relevant to discuss in relation to this topic? POINT OF VIEW. It is not enough to simply repeat the identifying information. You must explain WHY this particular person produced this particular document at this particular time in this particular place. MUST do for ALL documents if you can! DOCUMENT ANALYSIS: Be careful not to cite information from the document without explaining how this information supports your thesis. Be careful to not just say “this person liked Buddhism and this one didn’t”. Don’t just give a “plot summary”—this document says this, and that document says “that” – the “WHAT”. Be sure to move to the analysis- the “SO WHAT”.

2 Read through all of the documents and make note of the following things: S ource, O pinion, A uthor, P urpose, S equence S - Where does the document come from? O - Is there a possible opinion or bias? A - Who wrote the document? (Hint: occupation, gender, religion, social class, etc.) P - What is the purpose of the document? (Hint: is it a speech, diary entry, government document?) S - Notice the dates. How might the sequence of events or the dates be significant?

3 Sample Thesis Statement 1 The Mongols consisted of many small clans and tribes. Under Chinggis Khan, they became unified and were able to conquer a large territory within a short period of time. The Mongols had the ability to do this because of their intelligence for military strategies, their willpower to fight, their extreme loyalty to their leaders and their brilliant methods of diplomacy and cohercion of their enemies.

4 Sample Thesis Statement 2 The Mongols accomplished the conquest of such a large territory through several clever strategies. They often tricked their opposition and were known to last several days without food and drink.

5 Sample Thesis Statement 3 The Mongolians were the among the most clever soldiers the world has ever seen. They managed to conquer huge amounts of territory in a very short period of time.

6 Sample Body Paragraph 1 The Mongols were a tough and courageous people. However, part of their strategy was to deceive the enemy into thinking that they intended to retreat and then they would turn around and on horseback and deliver a deadly round of arrows. When they felt they were sufficiently weakened, they would once again advance and kill of the remainder of their opponents.

7 Sample Body Paragraph 2 The Mongolian strategy was to trick their enemy. They would lure their enemy out into the open and make it seem as if they were retreating and quickly turn on them, decimating them with their excellent cavalry and archery skills (1). Or, they would strike terror in their hearts by killing and destroying everything in their path (2). If enemies were cooperative, they may spare their lives.


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