Summary/Analysis Paper Instructions for Warriors Don’t Cry


American National Government Fall 2010


M/W Class:  Quiz & Discussion 9/27; Paper Due 10/4

Wednesday Night Class:  Quiz & Discussion 9/22; Paper Due 9/29


This paper should include your responses to the book Warriors Don’t Cry. 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 I will guess that it will probably take at least 1,000 words, or four pages to answer the questions with enough supporting detail.  Make sure to include a title page (worth five points) and staple the pages together.  Do not buy a cover for your paper.


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.


The quiz over the book will be the first 15 minutes of class on the date of the discussion.  The quiz will be open note & open book.  Students may use any hand written (not photocopied or typed) notes they have written to help with this quiz.


Questions for Consideration


1.     Identify the following individuals from the book:  Daisy Bates, Marissa, Minnie Jean, Vince, Danny, and Link.  Who were these characters?  How did their actions impact Melba & the integration of Central High school?

2.     Describe at least three examples of segregation & discrimination--outside of events which took place at the school--which were shown in the book.

3.     In what ways did members of the African American community respond to the integration of Central High? Choose a few characters and describe how their actions might represent a “range” of responses to integration.  Why do you suppose they acted in these ways?

4.     Describe at these three specific instances of harassment which took place at the school.  How did school officials, and different teachers, respond?  How should the actions of the different school officials be evaluated?  Should they be criticized or supported; what other options did they have?

5.     How did her involvement in the fight for integration impact Melba over the course of her year in school?  Try to use specific examples from the book as support for these arguments.

6.     What are some of the strengths/weaknesses of this book as a source to learn about the history of race relations in the US?  (Here are some ideas:  What was the author's background?  Was the book believable/credible?  Why/why not?  How would you describe & then evaluate the author's writing style?  You may want to consider doing some research to answer this.  While it’s not required if you do some research, make sure to cite your sources. ).








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 the paper the in-text citation style is used.  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 (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.