US History

Analyze a significant change or continuity in Anglo-American or colonial societies c. 1600 – 1700, using the documents in the Paper #1 Document Packet and appropriate secondary evidence to support your argument.

The paper is graded on an asset model on a score of 0 to 6, meaning you will be rewarded for fulfilling each item in the rubric, but you will not be penalized for extraneous information, misspelled words, or improper grammar. However, to achieve the highest grade (6 out of 6), you must have a coherent and well-written essay, so it is still in your best interest to proofread, edit, and polish your writing. Please pay careful attention to the rubric guidelines, as you must address the specific items to be awarded credit. A detailed breakdown of the rubric’s components can be found below.

Thesis (1 point)

The thesis must clearly identify at least one change or continuity in Anglo-American and/or colonial societies within the specified timeframe.

The thesis must make a historically defensible claim; the paper must contain an argument that can be corroborated or contradicted using evidence.

The thesis must appear in the introductory paragraph of the paper.

Merely re-stating the prompt is insufficient.
Contextualization (2 points)

Demonstrate an understanding of the basic meaning of at least two (2) documents from Paper #1 Document Packet (1 point).

You may demonstrate understanding by correctly placing the document in valid historical context or stating its significance in your own words or contextual quotation.

Cite documents using the Document number in the packet (parenthetical citations or footnotes are acceptable).

Provide at least one (1) piece of additional evidence or historical context (1 point) from the Foner textbook or an appropriate secondary source.

You may use material from the textbook or discussions to provide additional evidence or supply context (cite the page number from the Foner textbook).

This evidence may not be drawn from the documents themselves.

Passing references to outside evidence are insufficient; you must explicitly link your evidence to your argument and/or the documents.
Analysis and Synthesis (2 points)

Identify and analyze at least one (1) change or continuity in Anglo-American and/or colonial societies between 1600 and 1700 (1 point) using documents.

The change/continuity must be supported by at least two documents from the document packet (you may use the same documents as in the Contextualization section).

The documents must be explicitly linked together in your argument.

Analyze at least one reason for a change or continuity between 1600 and 1700 (1 point).

You must provide an argument for why change or continuity occurred.

You may get the point by showing a direct causal link between two or more pieces of evidence (secondary evidence may be helpful in establishing this link).
Excellence Points (1 point)
If you earn all five (5) core points above, you may be eligible for an excellence point, which is awarded for particularly outstanding essays. Excellence points may be earned in several ways, some of which are listed below.

The paper is persuasive and exceptionally polished writing, free or nearly free of spelling or grammatical errors (you must get this to be eligible for a 6).

The thesis is clear and comprehensive, well above the minimum acceptable standard.

There is particularly insightful analysis of each document, and/or a concise and analytical discussion of more than two documents.

There is proper historical context or outside evidence throughout the paper and its document analysis, beyond the minimum required.

Points of view are consistently and properly analyzed.

The paper contains specific and focused examples that pull from the relevant parts of documents without wasting space.

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