American History Introductory Survey Since 1877, Essay I

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ESSAY PROMPTS

ESSAY I: GLOBAL AWARENESS (Choose One)

1.“Reconstruction changed Southern society in important but limited ways.” Explain this quote in the framework of what you know about the South, paying particular attention to economic and political developments in both Reconstruction & the time period that followed it.

2.Discuss the manner in which US Indian policy changed after the Civil War. How had the US government misinterpreted both the Battle of Little Bighorn and the later Ghost Dance Movement and what effects did these events have upon US Indian policy?

3.With the influx of immigrants in the latter decades of the 19th century, American society changed in fundamental ways. Discuss these changes with regard to any three of the following: economically, socially, culturally, demographically, and politically.

4.The nineteenth century saw the basis of work change dramatically from an artisanbased system to one based on mass production. Explain this change and its effect upon both workers and the owners of the means of production.

5.Labor protest in the United States during the period 18701910 developed during a period of general prosperity. Reconcile this apparent paradox, remaining aware of economic, social, and political conditions during this time period.


Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical ThinkingStudents will make a historical argument based on the use of a combination of the following: primary sources, secondary sources, class lectures.

Students will prove the argument with the use of the evidence above.

25.0 ptsEXCELLENT

Makes an original argument and provides proof in a skillful and creative fashion.

20.0 ptsVERY GOOD

Presents an argument of high quality and provides evidence to reinforce the case being made.

10.0 ptsGOOD

Makes a satisfactory argument and provides adequate proof.

5.0 ptsCOMPETENT

Shows some knowledge and understanding, but with deficiencies serious enough to suggest that grasp of the subject matter and of historical analysis is limited.

0.0 ptsUNSATISFACTORY

Fails to make and prove a historical argument. Work displaying only minimal knowledge and understanding, failing to address the literature in depth and with a weak grasp of the subject matter and historical analysis.

25.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWritten CommunicationStudents will write a paper that has a clear thesis, evidence organized into logical paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Students will submit a paper that demonstrates the ability to use English for written expression at the college level.

25.0 ptsEXCELLENT

Shows great command of organization and evinces a high ability in written expression.

20.0 ptsVERY GOOD

Clarity in structure, analysis, and style. Shows a clear sense of written organization and expression.

10.0 ptsGOOD

Good engagement with essay question, but with limitations in matters such as depth, clarity, rigor of argument and structure; limitations in style and expression.

5.0 ptsCOMPETENT

Limited engagement with the essay question. Grammatical and typographical errors.

0.0 ptsUNSATISFACTORY

Lacking in both writing and organization. Work so weak as to indicate that only a nominal attempt has been made to complete the assignment. Poor grammar and awkward phrasing.

25.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent/Discipline KnowledgeStudents will demonstrate an understanding of the culture, events, and ideas of past and present civilizations.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical context.

25.0 ptsEXCELLENT

Shows an excellent and in-depth understanding of past events cultures, and ideas and situates these within larger contexts.

20.0 ptsVERY GOOD

Demonstrates a keen awareness of past events, cultures, and ideas in their greater contexts.

10.0 ptsGOOD

Satisfactory understanding of past events, cultures, and ideas in their larger contexts.

5.0 ptsCOMPETENT

Demonstrates some understanding of past events, cultures and ideas in their broader contexts.

0.0 ptsUNSATISFACTORY

Lacks an understanding of past events, cultures, and ideas in their broader contexts. Displays almost total confusion and misunderstanding of the subject.

25.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRange of SourcesStudents will demonstrate research proficiency through the utilization of high caliber primary and secondary source material.

Students will satisfy the minimum requirement of 6 sources.

15.0 ptsEXCELLENT

Wide range of excellent sources utilized; reading beyond recommended minimum.

11.25 ptsVERY GOOD

Broad range of source material, demonstrating historiographical awareness.

7.5 ptsGOOD

Good work, reasonable in such matters as comprehensiveness and scope of research.

3.75 ptsCOMPETENT

Insufficient research. Use of questionable and/or low-quality source material.

0.0 ptsUNSATISFACTORY

Demonstrates research deficiencies for a college writing assignment. Bare minimum of sources utilized.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFootnotes & BibliographyStudents will demonstrate correct citation formatting practices e.g. Chicago Style and Footnotes.

10.0 ptsEXCELLENT

Excellent formatting and well-presented footnotes & bibliography.

7.5 ptsVERY GOOD

Great formatting with minor errors in bibliography and/or footnotes.

5.0 ptsGOOD

A few errors present, but acceptable formatting of footnotes and bibliography.

2.5 ptsCOMPETENT

Inadequate or unsystematic formatting of the bibliography and/or footnotes.

0.0 ptsUNSATISFACTORY

Demonstrates incorrect or messy formatting of the bibliography and/or footnotes.

10.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0


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