African American Studies Week 1
Week One Discussions
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|