Students will be required to write a 1500 word (it can be longer but not shorter), double-spaced research essay on any ONE of the topics listed in the section below.
IMPORTANT: You MUST save your essays as WORD (.doc file) or RICH TEXT FILE (.rtf file) documents! Otherwise, I probably won’t be able to open your essay! I can’t grade an essay that I can’t open!
Your essay should be:
A minimum of 1500 words in length (it can be longer, but NOT shorter).
Based on any ONE of the approved topics listed below.
Written ENTIRELY in your OWN words (no plagiarism, in other words). You may use a few brief quotes, but be careful to use quotation marks (” “) and to keep quotes relevant and to a minimum (no more than 1 or 2 brief quotes per page). Quoted material will NOT count towards the word limit!
Neat and clearly written. I do not require any particular “style” (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc…), but I do expect the essay to be neat and clear. Please be sure to proofread your essay before submitting!
You may use the internet, books, periodicals, etc in researching your essay topic. Be sure to use at least 3 sources and be sure to put everything into your own words when writing the essay! List all sources used at the end of your essay.
Please do not use images (pictures, maps, graphs, etc.) in your essay! They often make it more difficult to upload your file.
Written using standard #12 fonts, double spaced, 1-inch margins, etc..
To submit your essay just upload your essay file (click on the blue Essay Assignment link above to access the submission page) AND copy/paste your essay into the textbox provided on the submission page. This is for your own safety!!! If you experience some major technical problem, you can also email me your essay.
Once you’ve submitted your essay, go to the gradebook and click on the “!” symbol in the Research Essay column. Make sure your essay is there and is readable.
ESSAYS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN THE DUE DATE. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR LATE ESSAYS!!!!! All late essays will be docked 20 points per day! (early essays will be gratefully accepted at any time!)
Your essay should be based on any ONE of the below topics:
the Anasazi Indians
the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke
the Jamestown Colony
the Great Awakening
the Salem Witch Trials
the Battle of Quebec
the Stamp Act
the Boston Massacre
the Sons of Liberty
the Boston Tea Party
the Declaration of Independence
the Battle of Lexington/Concord
the Battle of Bunker Hill
the Battle of Trenton
Ethan Allen and the “Green Mountain Boys”
the Battle of Princeton
the Battle of Germantown
John Paul Jones
the Battle of Saratoga
the Battle of Cowpens
the Battle of Yorktown
the Treaty of Paris (1783)
the Constitutional Convention
the Atlantic Passage (of slaves)
the Lewis and Clark Expedition
the Barbary Pirates War
the War of 1812
Oliver Hazard Perry
the USS Constitution
the Battle of New Orleans
the Erie Canal
the Missouri Compromise
the Monroe Doctrine
John Quincy Adams
the Nullification Crisis
John C. Calhoun
the Trail of Tears
Martin van Buren
William Henry Harrison
the McCormick Reaper
the “Mill Towns” of New England
Irish Immigration (1830s-1850s)
the “Know Nothings”
the Second Great Awakening
Edgar Allan Poe
the Battle of the Alamo
the Seneca Falls Convention
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
the Mexican-American War
John C. Fremont
the Cotton Gin
the Compromise of 1850
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harper’s Ferry Revolt
the Battle of Bull Run (First or Second)
Robert E. Lee
William T. Sherman
Ulysses S. Grant
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
the Battle of Antietam
the Battle of Gettysburg
the Battle of Atlanta
the Battle of the Wilderness
the Siege of Petersburg
the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
the Reconstruction of the South
Plagiarism is defined as copying someone else’s work (from the internet, books, magazines, etc) and passing it off as your own (without putting it in quotes, or otherwise noting it is from another author).
It is also NOT acceptable to “recycle” your own essays that you may have written for another class.
To put it simply: Your essay must be an original work, written entirely in your own words, for this class.
PLAGIARISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. If an essay is found to have ANY plagiarized material in it, the student will be DROPPED FROM THE CLASS WITH AN “F”. There will be NO NEGOTIATIONS and NO SECOND CHANCES.
It is, of course, perfectly acceptable to use the information you get from the internet, books, etc, just put it into your own words and use direct quotes sparingly (to highlight points you are trying to make, for example).
The research essays will be graded using the following rubric:
90-100: An outstanding essay which covers the chosen topic in a clear, thoughful, detailed manner and which has zero or only a very few minor grammar errors.
80-89: An excellent paper which covers the chosen topic in a clear, thoughtful, detailed manner but may be lacking in certain content areas or suffering from some more noticeable grammar problems.
70-79: An average paper which covers its topic, but not in a clear, thoughtful, or detailed enough manner or one which exhibits flawed grammar consistently throughout the paper.
60-69: A poor paper which does not cover the topic well and/or suffers from numerous major grammar problems.
0-59: A very poor paper which fails to cover the topic in any detail and/or is basically unreadable due to numerous major grammar flaws throughout the paper.