Unless otherwise noted, all assignments should be submitted through Canvas by 11:59 p.m. on the date listed on the syllabus. There is no penalty for late work. However, all work must be submitted by the final exam date and time except in cases where a specific arrangement has been agreed to in writing.

A note about participation: 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 available in class, and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion through comments and questions.

Book Notes (20%)

One of the crucial skills to learn as a history major is how to take effective notes on reading, especially for an academic book. To that end, you will submit notes (via Canvas) as we read the two assigned books for the course, Thinking About History by Sarah Maza, and New England Bound by Wendy Warren.

Scholarly Source Analyses (20%)

During Unit 1 we will be reading a selection of essays and book chapters that highlight approaches to scholarship about colonial New England and the Dawnland. For four of these readings, you should fill out and submit a Scholarly Source Analysis worksheet via Canvas. If you submit more than four, your grade will be based on the four highest scores you receive.

Book Response (15%)

At the conclusion of our discussion of New England Bound, you will write a reflection of approximately 1,000 words based on your understanding of the material and responding to the argument of the author based on our discussions and course material.

Oral Presentation (5%)

Each student will work in a group of 3-4 to make a presentation on a question in scholarship on colonial New England and the Dawnland. Details will be distributed in mid-October.

Historiographical Review Essay (40%)

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

Proposal and Bibliography (10%) – due Friday, November 5

Your proposal should be 300-500 words and explain the historiographic question you are exploring. In addition, you should include a bibliography with a minimum of one book and four articles that you intend to consult for the project.

Early Draft (10%) – due Monday, November 29

This start to your draft (minimum 1,000 words, not including notes or bibliography) will be the basis of individual appointments during the week of November 29.

Final Draft (20%) – due Friday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m.

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