I am aware that there are many questions that remained unanswered during your class periods about tomorrow’s assessment. I hope that the following answers can clarify points of confusion. Please make sure that you and your group members take the time to review these points before tomorrow’s assessment so that you all come appropriately prepared for your test.
Q: What question are we answering for the exam?
A: The question you will be answering is this: To what degree were the British-American colonies unified in the years before the American Revolution. In answering this question, you should consider the following:
(1) Are the colonies one colony or are they four?
(2) What evidence does my group have to support our answer?
(3) How do political, economic and social characteristics play into answering the question?
Q: What am I responsible for individually?
A: Individuals are responsible for research on one colony or colonial region. The research should provide information on the founders, values of settlers, religious systems, labor systems, government and politics as well as geography and impact. All of these information as well as primary source evidence should be on a document that you bring with you to class.
Q: How do I know whether we are picking colonial regions or colonies?
A: The information that follows is an optional guideline to divide your work equally:
Groups of 4
Each member will focus on a colonial region (New England, Middle Colonies, Chesapeake and Lower South).
Groups of 5
Each member is responsible for picking one of the most influential colonies (Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina – these colonies align with the bigger regions).
Groups of 6
In the groups of 6 students, one student should be responsible for a general historical background (1 page- 1 ½ pages), one student should be responsible for an introduction (1/2 a page) and conclusion (1 page), and the other four are responsible for colonial regions.
Q: If we have the individual colonies, how do we pick?
A: If your group is working on individual colonies, the best idea would be to choose the MOST INFLUENTIAL colonies (Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina – these colonies align with the bigger regions).
Q: What work is our group responsible for?
A: Your group is responsible for establishing a thesis argument as well as distributing the different sections of the essay to members of the group. Each member is responsible for submitting a section in the essay.
**Make sure that the evidence paragraphs connect with the thesis that you selected as a group**
Q: Where do we find primary sources?
A: You are ONLY allowed to use primary sources from the summer packet, Takaki chapters assigned, class handouts and the Foner chapters. DO NOT bring in sources from other locations. (NO GOOGLE SEARCHES)
Q: What’s the graphic organizer?
A: The document posted at the end of this post, the Essay Prep Graphic Organizer, has been created to help you to organize your information and section in the Standard Response Format. By following the graphic organizer, you will ensure that your information is relevant and that your evidence is well incorporated.