African American Studies_Week 2

Week two Discussions

Week 2 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:

Describe how the institution of slavery in N. America developed from 1619 to 1789.  What laws, beliefs, and customs shaped it as a “normal” part of life in N. America, becoming an integral part of what became the United States in 1776 (Declaration of Independence) and in 1789 with the passage of the Constitution.

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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