History Assessment Essay Guidelines and Rubric
Why are we doing this?
As part of the general education of every UWG student, this course aims to teach students to understand the political, social, economic, or cultural dimensions of world history. The purpose of this assignment is to measure the extent to which students in all sections of this course have learned what we have been trying to teach. We will collect and analyze essays from all sections in order to find ways to help students future learn this material more fully.
What, exactly, do we need to do for this assignment?
Each student will write an essay answering the following question:
***As you reflect back on what you have learned this semester, trace the most significant political, economic, and socio-cultural revolutions in modern world history. Analyze continuity and change in the nature of state power over time and how these revolutions shaped the development of world history.***
Your essay should be at least three paragraphs long – although feel free to write a longer essay if you would like.
The strongest answers will include substantial, accurate factual information, including specific, examples relevant to the political, social, economic, or cultural dimensions of the question addressed. The strongest answers will accurately use relevant historical terms and demonstrate sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the material. The strongest answers will show the ability to apply historical perspective, which focuses on understanding the past and pays attention to historical context and chronology, as well as change or continuity over time.
To produce a strong essay, students will need to:
- Closely read these instructions and the question posed
- Brainstorm ideas about how to approach the question and material from the course relevant to the question (feel free to use the History Assessment Essay Worksheet attached below to assist you with your brainstorming)
- Develop a thesis
- Outline an answer
- Draft an essay that answers the question posed and demonstrates an ability to understand the political, social, economic, or cultural dimensions of world or American history
- Re-read the rubric below to see what is expected
- Revise the essay to meet the rubric
Avoid the following:
- Making vague, sweeping, unsupported claims (e.g. throughout history people have always distrusted the government.)
How is this essay going to be evaluated?
The essay will be evaluated according to the grading guidelines specified in the syllabus. For purposes of measuring student learning in the course generally, the same rubric (see below) will be applied to all essays.
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