The Boston Tea Party

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The Boston Tea Party – Destruction of Private Property or Justified Act of Defiance?

 

Once you have a good understanding of the material, reply to the corresponding permanent thread in the Discussion Board Forum in the form of a newspaper "Editorial." Use the materials you read to write your response, assuming you are living in the time in which the event occurred and are writing to a contemporary audience who want the news and your point of view on it. Your work must be clearly supported by your readings and by biblical principles. You must take a definite position on the question posed.

 

  • Submit your 400–500-word response to the prompt to the Discussion Board Forum in the form of a newspaper editorial article. Your “Editorial” must address 1 point of view presented in the forum for the topic you choose. Use the materials you read to write, assuming you are living in the time in which the event occurred and are writing to a contemporary audience who wants the news and your point of view on it. Your work must be clearly supported by your readings and biblical principles. You must take a definite position on the question asked.

 

  • Appropriate citations must be made using parenthetical references in proper and current Turabian format (these must be complete citations including page numbers when applicable).
  • First person is allowed.

 

Readings for Discussion Board Forum – Topic 5 - The Boston Tea Party

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/teaparty.htm

http://www.masshist.org/revolution/teaparty.php

http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/the-tea-act

http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/autumn11/tea.cfm

http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party

 

 

Discussion Board Forum Grading Rubric

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

Excellent

Good

Fair

Deficient

Points Earned

Editorial – Content and Analysis

15 to 15 points

Editorial addresses a specific point of view clearly and with understanding. Shows understanding of material and provides analytical insight to the topic.

12 to 14 points

Editorial addresses a point of view but shows some lack of conviction or understanding. Analysis may be lacking some support or insight.

8 to 11 points

Editorial addresses the topic but examines both points of view of the question. Analysis is superficial or lacks understanding.

0 to 7 points

Editorial is a report, not an analysis of the event. There is no position evident and no analysis of the topic.

 

Editorial – Sources

10 to 10 points

Uses all pertinent course materials to support ideas. Contains no more than 2 short quotations. Sources cited correctly.

8 to 9 points

Uses all course materials to support ideas. Contains 2–3 short quotations. Contains 1 long quotation. Sources are cited with minor errors in style.

6 to 7 points

Uses some course materials to support ideas but omits important sources. Contains 3–4 short quotations. Contains 2 long quotations. Attempts citation but contains significant errors.

0 to 5 points

Uses no clear materials. Contains more than 4 short quotations. Contains more than 2 long quotations. No attempt at citation.

 


 

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

Excellent

Good

Fair

Deficient

Points Earned

Editorial – Grammar, Organization, and Style

10 to 10 points

Editorial reflects standards of grammar, mechanics, and style with no errors. Paragraphs are organized and structured with a clear topic sentence and supporting sentences. Transitional wording is present.

8 to 9 points

Editorial reflects standards of grammar, mechanics, and style with no more than 2 errors. Paragraphs are organized and structured with only minor errors.

6 to 7 points

Editorial reflects basic understanding of grammar, mechanics, and style with 3–5 errors. Significant issues with paragraph structure.

0 to 5 points

Editorial contains more than 5 errors in grammar, mechanics, style, and spelling. Organization and structure detract from message of writing.

 

Editorial – Length

9 to 10 points

Editorial contains 400–500 words.

7 to 8 points

Editorial contains at least 375 words and no more than 525 words.

5 to 6 points

Editorial contains at least 350 words and no more than 550 words.

0 to 4 points

Editorial contains less than 325 words or more than 575 words.

 


 

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

Excellent

Good

Fair

Deficient

Points Earned

Letters to the Editor – Content

35 to 40 points

All 5 letters show analytical thought and promote dialogue and communication in the forum. At least 2 replies must be to another classmate’s response. Letters ask questions, give another point of view, or address another aspect of the topic not covered in classmates’ submissions.

30 to 34 points

At least 4 letters show some attempt at analytical thought and make an attempt to promote dialogue and communication.

25 to 29 points

At least 3 letters show some attempt at analytical thought and makes an attempt to promote dialogue and communication. No replies are addressed to another classmate’s response.

0 to 24 points

Letters agree or encourage with no attempt at analytical thought or attempt to promote dialogue and communication. No replies are addressed to another classmate’s response.

 

Letters to the Editor – Grammar, Organization, and Style

18 to 20 points

Letters reflect standards of grammar, mechanics, and style with no errors. Paragraphs are organized and structured with a clear topic sentence and supporting sentences. Transitional wording is present.

15 to 17 points

Letters reflect standards of grammar, mechanics, and style with no more than 2 errors. Paragraphs are organized and structured with only minor errors.

12 to 14 points

Letters reflect basic understanding of grammar, mechanics, and style with 3–4 errors. Significant issues with paragraph structure.

0 to 11 points

Letters contain more than 4 errors in grammar, mechanics, style, and spelling. Organization and structure detract from message of writing.

 


 

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

Excellent

Good

Fair

Deficient

Points Earned

Letters to the Editor – Length

9 to 15 points

Five letters of 150–250 words.

7 to 8 points

Four letters of 150–250 words.

5 to 6 points

Three letters of 150–250 words.

0 to 4 points

Two or more letters do not meet or exceed the word count for the assignment.

 

Total

 

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