Well, here they are, the guidelines for the first assignment. As noted in class the goal in this assignment is to pick an aspect of the Spanish interactions with the Mexica as seen through the eyes of Malintzin and determine what your view is on how this aspect of their interactions should be interpreted with respect to Malintzin's role in them. Then you will write a sample textbook section on these events that suggests how we should see this part of the life of Malintzin as representative (or not representative) of what happened in this phase of the conquest. You will need to review what has been said in Townsend about this aspect of the conquest that you choose and then you will need to 1) evaluate the primary sources on the web-site we are using to investigate these events and 2) make appropriate use of secondary literature (Townsend or articles you identify through JSTOR or Academic Search Elite) to illuminate those aspects of the topic that the primary sources do not completely or adequately address. All of these basic skills will be needed in the longer paper this term, so that is why we are practising them now.
So, what are the mechanical requirements? Your sample textbook section must be 4-5 pages in length (i.e. at least four full pages). It must be typed, double-spaced and written with Times Roman font at 12 pt. pitch using standard margins (1 inch all around). You must footnote also properly, i.e. in the fashion that a historian would (no MLA or APA style or your paper will not be marked!). There is an outline of how this should be done on the web syllabus under general guidelines and I am willing to provide footnote style sheets to those who want them.
Good luck on the assignment!