HistoryStep 1: Selecting your Option.
For the Critical Analysis, you will have lots of options. Review the various options that are provided on the list. Each option contains one or more alternatives which constitute a video (newsreel, documentary, movie, etc.) and/or a text document (report, article, etc.). Review all of the various options to make an informed decision. Choose an option that peaks your interest. Watch the assigned video or read the document.
Step 2: Writing your critical analysis.
Write a brief 550-words analysis on the assigned material. Follow the suggested questions in writing your narrative. You are not required to conduct any additional research on the topic. The main objective is to consider the big questions and major themes pertaining to historical events. Use the questions listed under each option for guidance. The aim is not to summarize or repeat the facts/events of the video or document. Rather, the objective is to engage the material in a critical and insightful manner. The short critical analysis has to be written in proper narrative format (with an introduction, several paragraphs and a conclusion). You will be marked on content (arguments, structure, evidence, etc.) and style (punctuation, proper sentence structure, grammar, etc.).
watch the documentary on the Battle of the Somme:
Battle of the Somme: The True Story (History Television Documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgPcko8XLKE&feature=related (1 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_IEWPhyjHE&feature=related (2 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEMWd52RNNE&feature=related (3 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh6aIv_ENnc&feature=related (4 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVS00zz8yFg&feature=related (5 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkx1iWUUzSw&feature=related (6 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8zgayUthhI&feature=related (7 of 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMf5HP9AJm0&feature=related (8 of 8)
Questions to consider: What is the main message of the documentary on the Battle of the Somme? What do you think historians have taken another look at the documentary that was created during the Great War about the battle? What did you like or dislike about the film? What did you find most interesting?