Indian Boarding School Essay Preparation Guide
The Indian Boarding School Essay is due in Module 6. This serves as a guide to help you as you prepare to write this essay.
1. As shown on the grading rubric for this essay, grammar errors (including spelling, wording, sentence structure, etc.) will negatively affect your grade. Therefore it is important that you spell check, grammar check and carefully review your essay prior to submitting it. It is helpful to read the essay out loud so that your ears will catch wording errors and awkward sentences that you might not catch when reading the essay silently. Use Smarthinking (under the course menu) to help you as needed.
2. Carefully read all of the assigned readings for the essay including the textbook and the information about the authors of the quotes.
3. Carefully review the AVP and all of the module materials related to the Indian Boarding Schools.
4. For this essay you need to think about several things:
a. Why and how the boarding schools came into existence
b. The lives of the men who wrote the quotes
c. What does each quote mean?
d. And, most importantly, how does each quote relate to what occurred at the boarding schools and how were peoples' lives affected by what occurred at the boarding schools?
e. The legacy of the boarding schools
5. It might be easier to write the essay if you organize it as follows:
Paragraph 1: Introduction -- Provide a brief overview of how and why the boarding schools came into existence and what the purpose of these institutions. At the end of the paragraph, include a sentence that mentions that there were several well-known critics of the boarding schools and then provide the names of the authors of the 2 quotes around which this essay revolves.
Paragraph 2: Explain how the authors' work and life experiences would have influenced their decisions to take a stand against boarding schools. Then Interpret the quotes (explain what they mean.
Paragraph 3: Explain how the words in the quote relate directly to the experiences of the children in the boarding schools.
Provide specific examples of the specific things that the children experienced that would have caused the authors of the quotes to write these quotes. The key here is to be specific and provide details that show that you have completed the readings and paid close attention to the module content including the AVP.
Paragraph 4: Conclusion -- Provide a brief overview of what you have argued in the essay. For example, you might write, "In conclusion, the Indian Boarding Schools..." or you might write, "What this review of the Indian Boarding Schools shows is..." or you might write, "In closing, the Indian Boarding Schools..." You might discuss the legacy of the boarding schools (were these boarding schools successful? Did they accomplish what they set out to accomplish?) and how this shows that the critics of these schools, like the authors of the quotes, were shown to be correct or incorrect (or a combination of both) based on your interpretation of the readings and the AVP.
1. Tutorial for avoiding plagiarism.
2. Plagiarism Quiz for Module 6 to be taken prior to writing essay.