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I. (15-20 minutes) Write an abstract of the intended thesis, content, and organization of your paper.

Consider questions 1-5 from part II below as you do so. In your abstract, summarize the way you intend
to use each of your 10+ sources.

II. (20-25 minutes) Answer the following questions concerning the prospective thesis statement and abstract of
your partner(s) paper(s).
1. Does the thesis or abstract contend that a specific issue has changed [or not changed] over a specified period of
time? What explanation does the author offer for this change [or lack of change]?
2. Is the thesis or abstract limited in scope in terms of the time period addressed?
If so, do you think the time period is appropriate? (Well chosen? Too broad? Too narrow?)
If not, suggest to the author a time period that you think would be appropriate.
3. Is the thesis or abstract limited in scope in terms of cultural focus? In other words, does the thesis apply to everyone,
regardless of their cultural heritage or identity, or does it focus on the interests or experiences of a particular group
of people?
If so, do you think the group is appropriate? (Well chosen? Too broad? Too narrow?)
If not, suggest to the author a specific group to consider as a potential focus.
4. Is the thesis or abstract limited in scope in terms of geography? In other words, does the thesis apply to the global
community, or does it focus only the interests or experiences of people from a particular location
(town/region/nation/hemisphere)?
If so, do you think the place chosen is appropriate? (Well chosen? Too broad? Too narrow?)
If not, suggest to the author a specific location to consider as a potential focus.
5. Does the thesis or abstract identify significant events that took place during the period discussed, suggesting what
role they may have played in the issue addressed?
If so, do you think the events were appropriately chosen? Were the conclusions drawn about them reasonable?
If not, suggest specific events for the author to consider, and suggest what impact they might have had.
6. Evaluate the sources described. Do they seem appropriate, useful, and interesting?
If not, provide any input you think appropriate about the choice and diversity of sources.