Summary/Analysis Paper Instructions for Fools Crow


US History 1865-Present Summer 2010


Posting #1 (Up to Chapter 10) Due:  6/14 by 11:00 PM

Posting #2 (Up to Chapter 17) Due:  6/18 by 11:00 PM

Posting #3 (Up to Chapter 25) Due:  6/22 by 11:00 PM

Posting #4 (Up to the end) Due:  6/27 by 11:00 PM


Quiz Must Be Taken By:  6/29 by 11:00 PM


 Paper Due:  7/5 by 11:00 PM


This paper should include your responses to the book Fools Crow. The paper should answer ALL of the Questions for Consideration.  Feel free to comment on other information from the book and I encourage you to make links to lecture and discussions, and any appropriate web pages.  Direct quotes must have quotation marks and the page number on which they appear should also be included (see instructions on the back of this page).  These papers must be typed, double-spaced, and well written (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).  There is no page requirement, but it will probably take at least 1,000 words. 


The easiest way to organize this paper is to answer each question in its own paragraph or series of paragraphs.  If you would rather write a single essay that incorporates all of the answers to the Questions for Consideration, that is fine.  The layout/organization of this paper is entirely up to you.


Questions for Consideration


1.     How did different characters react to the policies adopted by the US government and the increasing numbers of settlers in the West?  (hint:  you may want to choose three of four main characters who show a variety of responses, like Fools Crow, Rides-at-the-door, Heavy Runner, Fast Horse, Owl Child, etc.)

2.     Describe some examples of the ways in which Euro-American ideas, culture or other items impacted the lives of the Blackfeet.  Which item do you think had the biggest impact?  Explain.

3.     What was life like for women in the Blackfeet nation?

4.     What evidence from the novel shows that religion/spirituality was important to the Blackfeet?   How/why did individual's attitudes toward their ceremonies change throughout the course of the novel?

5.     What are some of the strengths/weaknesses of this book as a source to learn about Native American history?  (Here are some ideas:  What was the author's background?  Was the book believable/credible?  Why/why not?  How would you evaluate the author's writing style?  This would also be a good place to make links between the book and web pages).



Citation Format Style


1.     Italicize the titles of books or ships.


2.     Spell out all numbers between zero and nine.


3.     Watch verb-tense; usually past tense is best to use while writing, but the paper may be written using either past or present tense.  Just make sure to be consistent.


4.     Try to avoid over-use of quotations, but any quotation longer than four lines should be indented five spaces and single-spaced (rather than double-spaced).   If/when this is done there is no need for quotation marks.


5.     A source MUST be cited and/or included in the bibliography when a:


a)     Direct quote is taken from a source.

b)    Series of sentences or a paragraph are paraphrased.  For example, if some words are changed around there must be an in-text citation and an item must be included in the bibliography.

c)     Source is consulted (even if nothing is quoted or paraphrased) it must be included in the bibliography.


6.     When providing a citation within the body of this paper in-text citation style is fine.  Citation examples are below:


a)     Example of how a direct quote or paraphrase taken from the book you are assigned to read should be cited (only the page number is needed): 


“The Geneva Accords of 1954 reflected these influences” (41).


b)    Example of how to cite a direct quote taken from a website or a source other than the assigned book (for a website only the author is needed): 


“On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South” (White House).


7.     If a source other than the book that is assigned is used, a bibliography is required.  The bibliography page should be the last page of the paper and entries should be organized in alphabetical order according to author (not numbered).  Entries should also be single-spaced within the entry and double-spaced between each entry.  


a)     For websites, include the author (if one is listed), the title, the complete URL address of your website and the date it was accessed.


White House. “Abraham Lincoln.”

     Accessed 20, May 2010.