Your essay should be 4-5 pages, double-spaced, in 12pt. Times New Roman font, with
standard margins. Excessive or inadequate length will be penalized. You do not need to
refer to all of
stories, but your paper should engage with AT LEAST two.
You may use any
recognized citation style
with which you are familiar, but all quotations
from the text and any other written sources, such as the textbook, must be acknowledged.
Do not cite lecture material. References to readings beyond those listed on the syllabus
are permitted but not required. Failure to cite correctly will be penalized. Please consult
our course TA, David Harris, if you have citation questions.
The professor is available during office hours and by appointment for questions and
consultations, and will read drafts and discuss in person (not over email).
This assignment is worth 20% of your grade for the course. For full credit, submit your
essay in the designated dropbox (titled â€œEssay IIâ€) on Canvas by 3 p.m. on Nov. 20. Late
assignments will be marked down 1/3 of a letter grade per day counting from 3:01 p.m.
(i.e., from a B+ to a B for one day late, with zero credit available after two weeks (i.e.,
after 3 p.m. on Dec. 4)). No papers will be accepted by email or in hard copy. Students
who do not turn in a paper by 5 p.m. on the final day of instruction will not pass the
course, regardless of the quality of their other work.
Rubric for evaluation of papers:
: Paper ventures beyond what has been said in lecture to produce a subtle
and effective argument. Prose is clear and readable. (Please note: your papers will
be evaluated for both content and style.)
: Paper makes effective use of material presented in lecture, but may not
venture beyond what has been said by the professor in constructing an argument.
Prose may contain some errors of style and grammar, but is on the whole
: Paper does not effectively address the question, and may contain
inaccurate or irrelevant statements. Poor writing may interfere with the
transmission of the argument. Paper may be inadequate in length and contain
clear evidence of failure to proofread for style, grammar, spelling and other
: Paper lacks an argument and/or evidence of effort on the part of the
student. Writing is thoroughly sloppy and length is inadequate.
: Paper is unacceptable for submission as a college-level history
assignment. Students who receive an F on a paper they have turned in are likely to
fail the course.