Assignments

Attendance and Participation (20%)

Participation is vital to your success in this course. You are expected to attend all course meetings and to come to class prepared. That is, you should have completed the assigned reading, have it with you in class, and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion through comments and questions. You can also earn participation credit in a variety of ways outside of class: attending supplemental instruction sessions; visiting office hours; and asking questions via email or Twitter. Each student is granted five absences for personal reasons (illness, family or transportation emergency, etc.). If you think you will miss more than one class period in a row, please contact me to make arrangements. In cases of extended family or medical emergencies, you should also contact the Dean of Students, who can help you navigate the process of verifying your absence and contact professors on your behalf. NOTE: Absence from more than 30% of class meetings without documentation will be grounds for failure of the course.

Course Blog (30%)

Much of your writing in the course will come via a course blog. Over the course of the semester, you will write a total of eight posts of approximately 400–600 words each selected from weekly topics/prompts. Five of these posts are required for all students, as noted on the course schedule. For the remaining three, you may choose from among six options, spread throughout the semester. Except as otherwise noted, blog posts are due by 11:59 p.m. on the date for which they are assigned, which means that you can choose whether to write your post in advance of our class meeting or wait and engage with the conversation in class when you write. Posts will be assessed according to a standardized rubric.

Finally, you are also required to make a minimum of ten comments on your colleagues’ posts. These must be on at least five different posts. The comments will be assessed on their number, their intellectual engagement, and their timeliness in relation to the post to which they respond.

The course blog includes a full schedule of posts and prompts.

Keep in mind that you are expected to adhere to the norms of standard written English and to provide citations for any evidence you use in your posts. In addition, please be polite and respectful of your classmates and colleagues in both posts and any comments that may ensue.

Oral Presentation (5%)

Each student will work in a group of 4-5 to make a presentation on a question in scholarship on the American Revolution and Early Republic. Details will be distributed in mid-October.

Historiographical Review Essay (45%)

The major writing assignment for the course will be for you to produce a review essay on a topic within the scholarship on the American Revolution and Early Republic. You will complete the assignment in several stages. Further details and instructions will be distributed at least two weeks before each due date.

Proposal (10%) – due Monday, October 29

Your proposal should be 300-500 words and explain your historiographic question and list at least three possible articles which you would like to read for the assignment.

Annotated Bibliography (10%) – due Wednesday, November 14

For the annotated bibliography, you should include at least five articles and one book that you have consulted for the project and include a brief paragraph (150-200 words) for each explaining the argument of the piece.

1,000 Words (5%) – due Monday, December 3

This start to your draft will be the basis of individual appointments during the week of December 3.

Final Draft (20%) – due Wednesday, December 19 (11:00 a.m.)

The final version of the essay should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words, not including notes or bibliography. It is due by by the end of the final exam time assigned by the Registrar.