UCOR 101C: Image Analysis

Assignment 1: Image Analysis

Draft Due: 9/6

Final Due: 9/8

Point Value: 15%


Short Description: A 3 page thesis-driven paper examining a primary source image found in an open-access online database.

This assignment is the first step in developing the necessary skills for the Local History Project. In completing this assignment you’ll be introduced to one type of primary source you’re likely to find in the archive: the photograph. In addition to working with an image—and writing about it—you’ll have an opportunity to develop skills relating to the analysis of images. For this assignment you’ll have the opportunity to find and “read” an image of your choice. The selection of your image is up to you, but it should be linked to our course theme.

Please use one of the following sites to find an image for this assignment:



The essay must include a thesis that makes a specific claim about your image and includes appropriate evidence from your image.


This assignment is a place to do the following:

  • Researching and working with primary sources
  • To explore own ideas through the tools of image analysis and writing
  • Exploring writing as a process through a variety of brainstorming and free-writing exercises
  • To experiment with stimulating curiosity, raising and developing questions, and fostering the desire to think in sophisticated and nuanced ways about a primary source
  • To explore through writing your own ideas about the past
  • To share your ideas with others through writing


 Assignment and Assessment Goals

  • Selecting appropriate topics based on critical reading, annotating texts, and utilizing prewriting exercises
  • Developing a sophisticated argument appropriate to the college level and supported by your interpretation of compelling and appropriate evidence
  • Integrating and properly citing a primary text
  • Using appropriate voice and tone for an academic setting


Format requirements:

  • Must be argumentative and not a report
  • Include evidence from your primary source
  • 3 full pages
  • Proper MLA format and in-text citations
  • Complete the National Archives Photograph Analysis Worksheet and submit it with your paper
  • Hard-copy of paper and a copy of your primary source submitted in class