Requirements and Grading:
Three “assessment” papers: 33% eachThree town meeting papers: +/- 1, or 0, final grade points
one assessment paper can be replaced by a genealogicalproject that uses Ancestry.comThe
three assessment papers
each should be 2-4 pages. You havefive opportunities to write the three papers. They are intendedto be analytic exercises drawing strong conclusions about theevolution of Vermont both physically and conceptually. Eachpaper should possess a strong thesis statement that reflectsdisciplined,
thinking, supported well by factualinformation, which needs to be cited (preferably in footnotes).The exact nature of these papers will be described in class.Grades on papers are determined by performance in three areas:form, structure, and content. Your paper must be asgrammatically correct as possible. It must have a strong, clearthesis statement in its introduction (which is reiterated in theconclusion), and follow a coherent line of reasoning throughlogically-structured paragraphs.There will be six town meetings interspersed throughout thesemester.
times during the semester, students must turn ina
1-to-2 page paper
in a class containing a town meeting. Thesewill be short responses to at least two of the primary documentsassigned for that town meeting. Further directions, and primarydocument assignments, will be given during the semester. Theseare intended not only to stimulate online discussion, but alsoto force students to think
about what they havelearned in lectures and reading, and not simply take a passiveapproach to their work. When writing these papers, students willbe asked to put themselves in the minds of past Vermonters; youmight well be asked to write a paper sympathetic to a positionwith which you don’t necessarily agree. These papers willreceive grades indicating whether a point has been added to yourfinal course grade. To gain a “+1”, papers should not be randomspeculation, but instead opinions well informed by cited coursematerial, such as our textbook. At the same time, studentsshould have fun with them, and try to make them entertaining.In class sessions when both assessment papers and town meetingpapers may be submitted, students may certainly submit one ofeach at the same time.