Essay assignment covering early American History. Goal of the assignment is to have students practice writing historically. Most likely best for an honors or AP class.
I use this as an introductory assignment for teaching history students the difference between writing a report, and putting together a thesis. It is also an assignment which requires students practice and learn the research process. For instance, anyone with a smartphone can easily look up "The American System," and write a brief summary report or summary of it. This assignment is meant to teach students how to not only inform the reader of what the American System is, but to explain to the reader HOW and WHY the American System shaped our nation, and why that's important. Learning better writing skills and learning to think critically about historical events and issues is the ultimate goal.
File includes specific prompt and a list of topic choices for students to choose from (both easily modified,) and a very detailed grading rubric for either the teacher to solely use for grading, or for students to receive as guide for writing.
This assignment is challenging for students, but has been effective over the last few school years.