HSTA 304 Assignments

Participation/Attendance (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 a hard copy with you in class, and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion through comments and questions. You will lose credit for participation after three absences, except in documented cases for extended family or medical emergencies.

Stamp Act Twitter Commemoration (20 % – due Friday, September 25)

Students will participate in a group project to produce a Twitter feed that commemorates the 250th anniversary of the protests against the Stamp Act. Working in groups of 2-3, students will be responsible for developing a series of tweets that “livetweet” one week’s worth of protests. In addition to the tweets themselves, students will turn in a document that includes references and citations for all information. At the conclusion of the project (due December 1), students will write a 500-word reflection on the project.

Public History Site Visit (10% – due Tuesday, November 10)

The class will visit the Massachusetts Historical Society on October 30. As part of the visit, students will write a 1,000-word reflection that connects the Society’s work to present the past to the public with the material we have discussed in class. If students are unable to attend the field trip, they will be permitted to select an alternative site from a list supplied by the instructor.

Oral Presentation (10% – due Friday, November 20)

As part of the discussion of the Constitution, the class will stage a debate about ratification for which each student will play an assigned role, which he or she must research and prepare for in advance. Roles will be determined the week of November 2.

Book Review (15% – due Friday, December 11)

Each student will select one of three books assigned for the course (Holton, Kerber, Maier) and write a 750-word academic book review that both summarizes the arguments of the book and places it within the appropriate historiography.

Final Examination (25 % – due Monday, December 21 at 11:30am)

The final examination will be a take-home essay of 3,000-3,500 words (excluding footnotes) on an assigned question. Full details will be distributed in class on Tuesday, December 1.

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