African American Studies Week 1

Week One Discussions

Week 1 Discussion (50 points/5% of the final grade)

The grade for this week’s work will be your 250-word essay in response to this question:

“What is Distinctive About the Evolution of the Institution of Slavery in N. America from 1600-1800?”  

Consider the way the thirteen original colonies handled slavery and developed “rules” about it, and how slavery was maintained and protected despite the 1776  Declaration of Independence  and the 1787  U.S. Constitution  and the 1791  Bill of Rights .


Your Initial Post is worth 30 points and should be 250 words in length, which is equal to about 1 page of double-spaced writing in Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman 12 point font in a Word document.

Please make sure to follow the scoring rubric.

Here is the Rubric that will be used for the Student Essay and Responses in the Weekly Discussions.

Initial Post – 30 points weekly, 10 criteria worth 3 points each:

Criteria 3 points 2 points 1 point
Answered question by the deadline with required 250-word minimum      
Cited required readings at least 3 times using correct MLA-style method including a Works Cited List      
Included no factual errors or misreading of the course materials      
Used quotations only for effect and comprised less than 20% of the post      
Included an explicit thesis statement      
Explained main points from the readings cited      
Provided 3 detailed examples to support his/her answer      
Provided 3 insights that furthered knowledge of the discussion topic      
Communicated the post clearly with good paragraph organization and no grammatical or spelling errors      
Clearly described and expressed his/her own conclusions