Back Story and History
Typed and MLA formatted Minimum Word Count: 1500 words (this does not include header or works cited page) Minimum Works Cited: 3 This time we will explore your topic more in-depth but not so much that you are presenting an argument yet. No. We need more context first. In other words, all I want you to focus on for this paper is the “stage dressing”. Think of it like a tv show or a movie. There has to be a scene and a cast of characters, right? There is backstory and history. This is where we explore that, before the show starts. Consider the following: What is the history of this topic? Who are the experts or authorities on this issue and what do they have to say? Identify the major talking points of this issue. Does your topic have its own jargon or lingo? What other items set it apart from similar topics? I don’t want you to write a comparative essay yet. I just want you to identify the context, facts, and timeline of the topic. We aren’t looking for your opinion, as such, but we need you to set the stage for us.