Project summary: You will be writing an essay in which you answer the question, “What were the positive and negative effects of imperialism for the British and for India?” using the documents enclosed. Writer’s role



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Imperialism in India: An Evaluation

What were the positive and negative effects of imperialism for the British (the mother country) and for India (the colony)?
Due date: ___________________________
Project summary: You will be writing an essay in which you answer the question, “What were the positive and negative effects of imperialism for the British and for India?” using the documents enclosed.
Writer’s role: You are writing as a historian looking back on the events during India’s colonization. The essay should be written in the 3rd person (words like “I, me, my, our, we,” etc., should not appear anywhere in your essay).
Audience: The audience is the teacher and other students of history, but you should write this paper as if someone will be learning about the issue for the first time, meaning you should treat the readers like they’re dumb.
Form: Expository essay with five (four for Prep/General) full, well-developed paragraphs. You must use at least six (four for Prep, five for General) documents throughout the essay and have no more than 600 (400 for Prep, 500 for General) words.

  1. 1st paragraph – You will introduce the topic in an original manner, connect that introduction with your thesis, and then write your thesis (which should have to do with some of the SPRITE categories). This is the ACTS format.

  2. 2nd-4th par. – Each body par. should relate to something in your thesis, and should start with that main idea/mini-thesis. It should then go on to provide evidence to support that main idea/mini-thesis (the evidence is in the documents). Each piece of evidence should have a link back to your thesis.

  3. 5th par. – Restate your position, along with a restatement of your best evidence. No new arguments should be made in the conclusion.


Other things to watch out for:

    • Do NOT plagiarize. To avoid plagiarizing, always cite your source by mentioning them and using quotations if exact words are being taken.

      • ex: In document six, British Prime Minister Brown states, “We will take over India and use it for all its worth. Muhahaha.”

      • ex: In document six, British Prime Minister Brown laughs riotously as he explains his intentions to dominate India.

      • ex: Even British Prime Minister Brown states, “We will take over India and use it for all its worth. Muhahahaha” (document six).

    • Also, do not overuse quotes. In any paper, quotes shouldn’t comprise much more than 10% of its content. So a paragraph that is mostly a quote is not appropriate and is probably a wasteful use of words.

    • Do NOT use exclamation points or words in all caps.


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