The Essay Prompt
Discuss how socioeconomic factors in North America from the early 1600s to the 1770s shaped the thirteen English colonies and led to their ultimate rebellion against the mother country and their declaration of independence.
Hint: Think broadly here as you scattershoot/concept map your essay before writing. If you do not know what the term ”socioeconomic” means, look it up in a dictionary before you do anything else. What are the key social factors during this time period? What are the key economic factors? How do these factors interact? How does this interaction change over time? What role does geography play on this interaction? What is the impact of these socioeconomic relations on cultural and political development in the English colonies? How does this change over time? How do imperial conflicts and concerns shape socioeconomic factors in the colonies?
Note that you need not answer all of these questions in your essay, they are just questions to consider as you put forth your best answer to the prompt.
Requirements for the Midterm Essay
Must be in Rule of Three format with a introduction and strong thesis statement, 3 paragraphs of the body (each with their own thesis statement – one for each of the three key points of your overall thesis), and conclusion. So a minimum of 5 paragraphs.
This is a fact based essay, you must provide specific and detailed evidence for your hypotheses.
You must utilize a minimum of three primary sources from the assigned materials as evidence in your essay
You must utilize a minimum of three secondary sources from the assigned materials as evidence in your essay
You may only use materials assigned in this course for your essay (we have vetted all the materials utilized in this course, other materials may not be appropriate or accurate)
DO NOT quote secondary sources
You may briefly quote a primary source (a phrase or a sentence) before immediately analyzing the relevance of the quote – a quote cannot stand alone as explanation or evidence
You must consider change over time in this essay
You must consider geography in this essay (where something takes place matters)
You must use Turabian citation style in this essay; all citations must be footnote style citations (no parenthetical cites allowed, no endnotes/works cited at the end, you need footnotes). Be sure to review how to properly cite a primary source that may be contained in another work and be sure to use page numbers where possible.
12 pt type, 1 inch margins, double-spaced
How the Assignment is Graded
The assignment is worth up to 50 points. The following factors are taken into account when we grade:
RULE OF THREE THESES – Do you have a well thought out and clear overall thesis in your introduction? Do you have a thesis statement for each of your three paragraphs of the body? Do the paragraphs of the body follow the overall thesis statement?
EVIDENCE – You must have solid evidence for each point you raise in the thesis. Evidence is not simply a statement, there must be an explanation of how that evidence supports the thesis statement.
Example: If you were writing a paragraph on the causes of the Cold War, you might use the Baruch Plan as an example. Simply writing ”the Baruch Plan was a cause of the Cold War” in your paragraph would not be enough and would not be analytical. However, the following sentences do provide a good analysis of this piece of evidence:
”One cause of the Cold War was the failure of the United States and the Soviet Union to agree upon a plan for nuclear disarmament after World War II. The Baruch Plan, presented by the US, would maintain the American atomic weapon advantage for the foreseeable future. This played into Stalin’s suspicions of the Americans’ true motivations toward the USSR.”
Did you use the minimum number of primary sources? secondary sources?
HISTORICAL ACCURACY, CLARITY, AND LOGIC
Is your argument clear and does it make sense? Is it historically accurate? Does your evidence prove your point? Does your analysis answer the prompt? Have you considered change over time and geographic differences in your essay?
Have you properly cited? Have you used Turabian/Chicago? You must also FOOTNOTE. Parenthetical cites are NOT allowed.
GRAMMAR, SPELLING AND MECHANICS
Is the essay up to college standards for grammar and spelling? Is it an analytical essay? Does it meet minimum length and formatting requirements?
A = 45-50. Exceptional in all aspects noted above
B = 40-44. Above average in most of the aspects noted above
C = 35-39. Average work
D = 30-34. Below average work
F = 0-29 Unacceptable college level work or does not meet minimum requirements
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