ANT100 Essay Assignment

The ANT100 Essay Assignment

There are two essay assignments, one due in the fall and the other in the winter. For the due dates of each, please see the course site on Portal.

The essay assignment is comprised of two parts due in the fall semester and three parts in the winter semester.

There are detailed, step-by-step instructions at the bottom of this page. However, first read this general information:

Fall Essay

  • Part 1: Advanced Draft Essay
  • Part 2: Final Revised Essay

Winter Essay

  • Part 1: Advanced Draft Essay
  • Part 2: Peer-review of the Advanced Draft
  • Part 2: Final Revised Essay

Draft vs. Final Essay

The process for both the advanced draft and final essay are quite similar. Remember that there are two separate due dates, and that your final essay must include revisions that reflect feedback that you receive on your draft essay. For details on how your revision of the essay will be evaluated, please see the Evaluation & Extensions page.

Late Submission & Penalties

These are given under the Evaluation information, on Portal.

Very important information!

For the general logistics of how to do this assignment, please consult this document. It is not a substitute, though, for scrolling down and reading all the information by expanding the "accordion." You must read both the document and the information in the accordion.

Sample Essays

Excellent essays from the past are posted on Portal. Access them from the "Essay Assignments" tab.

Draft and Final Essay: Process

1. Choose Your Topic

Select one topic from the four available essay questions. Choose your topic with care as you will be working with this topic for the remainder of the year. You are not allowed to change topics after you have received feedback from your essay proposal.

Popular Articles

Read the popular articles to give you a sense of the arguments involved in the different topics. The popular articles are to get you started, but are not to be used in your essay proposal.

Scholarly Articles

Each question also provides required scholarly reading(s) (evolutionary anthropology has two required peer reviewed articles). Carefully read and reread the provided reading(s), as you will be rquired to use it in your proposal.

2. Find A Scholarly Article

You must find peer reviewed scholarly journal articles related to your essay topic. Use your found articles, along with the scholarly reading provided, to respond to the essay question to complete your essay.

View our Working with the Literature page for resources to start your research, including the Library Guide for ANT100.


  • 1,500 words maximum (or about 6 double-spaced pages) excluding the Reference List. Go by word count, not page count and do word counts as you write (most word processors do this.)
  • Over 1,500 words may result in a 10% grade penalty.
  • Required Page Elements

  • No title page
  • Top of first page: List your name (given name, then family name), student number, title of the essay, the date you actually submit the paper, and your confirmation codes for the plagiarism quiz and essay checklist
  • 12-point Times, Times New Roman or Arial typeface
  • At least 2.5cm margins all around
  • Double-space throughout
  • Number all pages
  • Filename Format

  • Draft Essay: Save as "lastname_firstname_DRAFT.DOC" or .DOCX
  • Final Essay: Save as "lastname_firstname_FINAL.DOC" or .DOCX
  • For Example:li_martha_DRAFT.doc
  • No Quotations

    The only exception is when you are commenting in your paper on an author's wording of a text passage. In that case you may use a quote, but only with your TA's prior approval. Each unauthorized use of a quotation will result in an automatic, non-negotiable deduction of 10% of your total essay mark (i.e. the mark that includes all three parts of the assignment). Worse yet, if you quote a passage without putting quotation marks around it then you will be charged with plagiarism, even if you follow the passage with a citation.

    Be Wary of Paraphrasing

    In many cases, paraphrasing is plagiarism, and should be carefully avoided. Never copy any part of a text into your paper, even if you then put your own words around or in the copied patch. This is called "disguised copying" and it is the most common type of plagiarism. It is no excuse if you follow your "disguised-copied" text with a reference to where you copied it from.

    Other Stipulations

  • No Illustrations
  • No Footnotes or Endnotes
  • 3 Working with the Literature

    In an academic essay you refer carefully to what scholars have written on the topic before you came to it. This is called the “literature.” As you write, think of yourself as carrying on a conversation with the scholars who contributed to the literature. In a conversation, you don’t just repeat what others say. You listen to them, think about what you’ve heard, and evaluate it.

    In this course, an essay is unlikely to get an A if it does not adequately “converse” with the literature, no matter how well written it may otherwise be. It is very important that you learn about how to reference the literature, using the information here:

    4. Plagiarism Quiz (Advanced Draft Only)

    Make sure you know how to work with the literature and understand what plagiarism is. In particular, understand what “disguised copying” means. Then, complete this quiz. Once you pass the quiz, you will receive a confirmation code -- include this code on the first page of your assignment.

    The quiz must only be completed once, before you submit the advanced draft essay.

    5. Essay Checklist (Advanced Draft Only)

    The deadline for the checklist is the same as the deadline for the assignment. Once you’ve completed the checklist, you will receive a confirmation code -- include this code in the header on the first page of your assignment, alongside the code from the plagiarism quiz.

    The Essay Checklist must only be filled out once, before your submit the advacned draft essay.

    6. Essay Submission

    Reminder: Ensure that you have included your confirmation codes at the top of the first page of your advanced draft assignment before you submit it! Complete the plagiarism quiz and essay checklist above to receive your codes.

    After you have completed all of the above, submit your assignment to Turnitin, following instructions on Portal.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the two essay assignments, you will be able to:

    • Distinguish peer-reviewed journal articles from popular sources and select a peer- reviewed source to support an assigned essay topic.
    • Identify the various types of evidence used within anthropology, evaluate such evidence, and employ this evaluation to develop and defend a position on a given essay topic.
    • Understand and apply the steps of the writing process to create a well-structured essay, including being able to incorporate feedback from advanced draft to revise the essay.
    • Write a university-level anthropology essay, including constructing a thesis statement and developing an argument to evaluate an assigned topic.