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The following is an exercise in historical role play.  You are an American Loyalist fleeing to Canada during the American Revolution.  Write a letter to your brother in London and explain why you support King George III and why you are being forced to flee your native state of New York for Ontario.  In your letter, explain the causes of the American Revolution, state why you disagree with the Patriot perspective, and tell why you embraced the Loyalist cause.  Talk about other Loyalists and their reasons for leaving the United States.  Also tell your brother what you think of the following American notable figures:  George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.  Include your opinion of King George III and his prime minister, Lord North, and suggest ways in which they might have handled the situation leading to the American Revolution differently.  Remember that you are a refugee and have lost everything you owned except what would fit into your saddlebag.  And discuss the plight of your spouse and children.
Please read the rules for postings on the Discussion Boards page prior to posting. Allow 48 to 72 hours for your posting to become visible. Be sure to proofread your posts before submitting them–you will not be allowed to edit them. Only posts to the Discussion Board will be graded–do not send posts by e-mail, etc.  Posts submitted after the deadline for this assignment will not be graded.
Rules for paper:
 1 Special Discussion Board Questions should be answered in essay form, providing the type of depth and detail expected in a research paper.  You should take the time to explain complicated concepts in a thorough and thoughtful manner.  Remember, you need to demonstrate an understanding of events–not only in terms of what happened but also why it happened and what effect it had on society.  Remember to answer each part of your question as well.
2)  Stay on target—answer the questions as fully as possible and don’t wander off the subject—doing so will hurt your grade. You will be allowed to post more than once (in case you have more to add) but you will receive only one (1) grade for all of your work—that grade will be based on the totality of your contribution.  You are not required to respond to any other person’s post.
3)  To answer each Special Discussion Question you are required to use a minimum of three (3) resources and you are required to provide a list of those sources at the end of your post. This means you may need to take a trip to your local library or conduct an online search or two before you have the information necessary for you to compose your posting.  DO NOT use any of the following as sources:  your textbook, films or television programs (including documentaries and filmed courses), lectures, blogs, Twitter posts, or Facebook pages.  I take off points if you do.  Failure to post your sources by the due date will result in a zero (0 points) for the assignment.
4) Be sure to cite your sources at the end of your posting. DO NOT use endnotes, footnotes, or any other form of source citation within the body of your post.  I take off 50% of your grade if you do.  Also, do not use phrases such as “According to Jones,…” because I count those as a form of in-text citation and grade accordingly.
5) DO NOT use quotes (and like all the other DO NOTS, I take off points for doing).  I want to read your writing, not someone else’s.  Read your sources and then write your essay in your own words.   
6) Express yourself clearly. Use good grammar.  Write in complete sentences. Do not use any of those abbreviations so commonly used on blogs and text messages. I suggest you compose your contribution on a word processing program with a spell-checker. Then cut and paste–or type it in. This may help you get out everything you want to say before you hit “submit.” Be sure to use at least 12 point type for your response so it can be read.  And, no, you cannot edit your contributions after they are posted. 
7) Carefully proofread and correct your post before submission.  Be sure to check your spelling and capitalization, as those are the most common problems for which I take off points.  Check your work again right before you hit submit.
8) Your contributions should have real substance to them. Contributions such as “Yeah, what she said.” or “I do so totally agree with what everyone has said” will receive zero (0) points.  Posts should run 1,000 – 1,500 words in length–some will run more and some will run less.  The rule of thumb here is to answer all parts of the question thoroughly and in detail (and you’ll be surprised how fast your essay grows as you write it, once you’ve done your research). 


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