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
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 essayYou must utilize a minimum of three secondary sources from the
assigned materials as evidence in your essayYou 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may not be appropriate or accurate)DO NOT quote secondary sourcesYou may briefly quote a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 evidenceYou must consider change over time in this essayYou 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
Did you use the minimum number
of primary sources? secondary sources?
HISTORICAL ACCURACY, CLARITY,
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
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