SS 360 Purdue University Global Unit 4 Letter Home Paper

SS 360 Purdue University Global Unit 4 Letter Home Paper

SS 360 Purdue University Global Unit 4 Letter Home Paper


Question Description

I don’t know how to handle this Social Science question and need guidance.

Letter Home


For this Assignment, you will put yourself in the shoes of a newly arrived female immigrant who arrived in the United States between 1890 and 1920. You will write a descriptive letter home to loved ones regarding your experiences living in a tenement or apartment building in an urban area on the east or west coast (such as New York City or San Francisco) and working in a factory. You will determine the type of employment field in which you are working. For example: Are you working in a factory? Are working as a prostitute or domestic servant? Include specific details describing your employment experiences. For whichever type of employment you choose, describe your working conditions, pay scale, and hours. If you choose factory labor, also include the type of factory in which you are working. In terms of living conditions, describe the living conditions in the tenement or apartment building. Your letter must incorporate connections to the Unit 4 reading material to illustrate your experiences as a newly-arrived immigrant.


: In your letter home, identify the year of your letter (between 1890 and 1920), and your country of origin (i.e., Germany, Poland, China, Japan, etc.).

So, for example, if you – as “Mary” from Scotland – arrived in New York City on May 5, 1900, you will write a letter home to a loved one shortly after your arrival in the city. Similarly, if you – as “Saori” from Japan – arrived in San Francisco on October 20, 1906, you will write a letter home to a loved one shortly after your arrival in the city.

  • Include your thoughts about arriving in the United States, and your initial thoughts about the city in which you arrive. Do you miss home? How does city life in the United States compare to life in your country of origin?
  • Address your experiences living in a tenement or apartment building in the city to which you have emigrated (such as New York City or San Francisco). Describe the living conditions. Consider addressing topics such as the following: Do you have a roommate? Is the tenement or apartment overcrowded? Is there running water in your tenement or apartment? Is the tenement or apartment noisy?
  • Address anti-immigrant sentiment between 1890 and 1920. Have you encountered resentment?
  • Consider your work. Identify the type of employment; address the working conditions, supervisor treatment, work hours, pay, etc.
  • Your description of your working and living experiences, as well as whether you have encountered anti-immigrant resent, should follow Standard English writing conventions, and establish a clear viewpoint regarding your perspectives on your living and working conditions and initial experiences in the United States.

Letter Format

: Since this is a letter assignment, begin with a salutation and the letter date. So, for example, if Mary from Scotland is writing a letter to her mother on May 10, 1900, shortly after arriving in New York City, she may begin her letter with the salutation, “Dearest Mum”. SS 360 Purdue University Global Unit 4 Letter Home Paper

The body of the letter should include the items noted above in the content category, and you will want to close your letter with something such as “Sincerely, Mary,” or “Miss you, Mary,” or “Love Always, Mary”.

Word Count

: The Assignment should be at least 500 words and should employ connections to the Unit 4 Reading material. You should follow the

Unit 4 Assignment template

in Course Documents.

APA formatting

: Connections to the Unit 4 Reading material are required for this Assignment. Be sure to include APA parenthetical citations and references; formatting for citations and reference entries should follow the APA 6th edition style guide, which is available under Content / Academic Tools via the Academic Writer link. Your Assignment should follow APA formatting guidelines, including a title page, double-spaced formatting throughout the letter, parenthetical citations in the body of the letter, and a references page. In addition to the Unit 4 Reading material, you must also include one scholarly source retrieved from outside the classroom Reading material; include APA parenthetical citations and reference entries for this source, as well as any additional outside sources you opt to consult

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.

Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.

One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.

I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.

In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.

Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).

Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).

Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.

I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.

As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.

It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.

LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.

Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.

Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?

Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.

Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.

Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.

If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.

I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.

As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.


Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:

Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.

Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.