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Selden Map: Provenance and Prescience

School: Independent Schools Foundation School

Grade(s): 11

Format(s): Report: History

Subject(s): Social Studies

Type(s): Informative/Explanatory

Writing Assignment Description

Mark Lu, while an 11th-grade student at the Independent Schools Foundation School in Hong Kong authored this research paper on the Selden Map of China, a 17th-century map of East Asia. The paper explores an obscure topic with a conclusion that adeptly connects it to present day issues.

The author is a contestant for the 2015 Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize from The Concord Review.

Since 1987, The Concord Review, a unique quarterly academic journal at the secondary level, has published over 100 issues with over 1,000 exemplary high school history research papers by students from 44 states and 40 other countries. The Ralph Waldo Emerson Prizes have been awarded to over one hundred students who have shown outstanding academic promise in history at the high school level since 1995. The website of The Concord Review can be seenĀ here.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Excellent example of scholarly research
  • Superb writing brings subject matter to life
  • Bibliography features a remarkable range of complex primary and secondary source documents
  • Citations are not limited to a few sources but show use of many sources

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