Chapter Analysis of Kathryn McPherson, Bedside Matters
Chapter Analysis of Kathryn McPherson, Bedside Matters The Assignment DUE: Week 8 Choose two chapters from Kathryn McPherson, Bedside Matters, our textbook for this course (any two of your choice, ie. chapters two and three, five and six. It might be better to choose two chapters that deal with a somewhat similar topic so that you are not comparing/contrasting “apples and oranges”). Present a critical analysis of these two chapters: do the chapters appear to present a true picture of the era in nursing history that they cover? Your thesis for this paper could be something like: “Chapters Two and Three of Kathryn McPherson’s Bedside Matters present an effective portrayal of X period in nursing history for X reasons.” When analyzing the chapters, you might also consider questions like: what kinds of primary and secondary sources did McPherson use? Were they effective in making her argument? What kinds of words/language did McPherson use in presenting her argument (i.e. longer words, words that were difficult to follow of understand)? How did McPherson’s diction/word choice influence her argument? Did one of the chapters appear to present a stronger argument than the other one? Why did one chapter’s argument appear to be stronger? Format The paper should be approximately 4 to 5 pages (12 pt., Times New Roman font preferably, double-spaced). The papers must be clearly written and free of typographical errors. Please use footnotes or endnotes, or APA format if this is the format that you use in your other courses. Rubric The marking scheme for this essay will be as follows: Thesis/Introduction: /5 (Is the thesis strong and clear? Does the thesis offer an actual argument, and not simply a restatement of facts from the articles?), Content/Arguments/Body: /5 (Do you have two or three arguments to support your main thesis? Do these arguments “flow” well together and make sense? Do you provide evidence and short quotations from the articles to support your arguments?), Writing/Spelling/Grammar: /5 (Is the essay free of major grammar or spelling mistakes? If your essay has more than two  major grammar errors per page, then your grade will decline significantl. Please use Canadian spelling throughout your written assignments (i.e. “labour,” the Canadian/British spelling, and not “labor,” the U.S. spelling).