Due: March 18

Length: 600 words minimum (excluding name, date, class, and title)

Format: Text entry, or file via personal message/email (backup)

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Drafts: If you would like me to review an early draft, please send it via email or personal message. The campus Writing Center at LARC 229 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. can also offer essay-writing assistance.

Please submit an essay that answers ONE of the following prompts.

  1. What prejudices or assumptions does Bartolomé de las Casas hold against American Indians, even as he vocally defends them against the abuses of his fellow Spaniards? Consider how Las Casas’ defense may be condescending or revealing a certain agenda. Support your conclusions with examples from the document.

    Please read at least the Preface and Chapters 1-3 of Las Casas’ work when evaluating your answer.

    Primary Source:
    Bartolomé de las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1552) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  2. How does Guaman Poma—an indigenous Peruvian nobleman—seek to interest “the monarch of the world” in his denunciation of Spanish abuses? Consider what his complaints and solutions indicate about his overall attitude towards Spanish rule when determining your answer. Support your conclusions with examples from the document.

    Primary Source:
    Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, The First New Chronicle and Good Government (c. 1615)Preview the document

Good luck with your writing. If you have any questions about assignment particulars, paper writing in general, or wish to go over an early draft, please feel free to contact me in office hours or by personal message.


History 5 Essay Rubric

History 5 Essay Rubric


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeARGUMENTYour essay’s ability to articulate its stance towards a particular historical dilemma. This is what separates a paper that tries to prove a point (the “why”) from one that only summarizes information (the “what”).


This essay has a fully developed thesis that clearly and concisely establishes the essential premise of your analysis. In addition to describing your stance in general terms, you break down the supporting points that will be analyzed to prove your position.

Needs Work

This essay has a thesis that needs further development. The thesis might be too general, by providing a broad position for your essay without establishing the individual sub-points that will prove your premise. Conversely, the thesis may address several individual points but lack overarching focus, effectively making several mini arguments instead of one argument with sub-components.


This essay does not satisfactorily address the historical issue at hand. It may lack a thesis entirely, and simply describe the course of events—even if factually correct, this doesn’t prove anything. Alternatively, this essay may indeed have some kind of argument, but it misinterprets the historical question on such a fundamental level that it undermines your paper’s persuasive qualities.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeORGANIZATIONYour essay’s ability to direct the flow of information in a clear, logical, and consistent manner.


This essay has an uninterrupted and easily understood flow of ideas from start to finish. Your introduction establishes the context of the historical dilemma, your overall argument addressing it, and the sub-points you will analyze. Your body paragraphs address said sub-points in the same order, and each body paragraph begins with a topic sentence that indicates the paragraph’s content and connection to your overall argument. Finally, you have a conclusion that wraps up your individual findings to prove your overarching argument.

Needs Work

Perhaps your body paragraphs address different subjects than those that are mentioned in the introduction, or those topics are addressed in a different order. Maybe there are no topic sentences that provide the “point” of each body paragraph. Or the paper may just lack a conclusion entirely. One way or another, the structure of your paper has muddled some of your information.


The information in this essay does not flow in any logical manner, which serves to confuse or obscure the point(s) you are trying to make.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEVIDENCEYour essay’s ability to support its assertions with examples.


The examples in this essay are relevant, in sufficient number, and are adequately specific to substantiate your claims. Evidence is also properly attributed.

Needs Work

This essay incorporates evidence in a way that doesn’t quite support your overall argument. Perhaps your examples are too generalized and lacking in specifics. Maybe you quote excessively, drowning your analysis in superfluous detail (and making your paragraphs more of an assemblage of quotes rather than your own writing). Alternatively, the examples you provide may be perfectly accurate and specific, but are off-topic and don’t actually support the case you are making.


This essay does not provide any evidence to support its claims. Note that personal observations or reflections about some historical topic are merely that—personal. Your analysis must be fact-based to be persuasive.

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCOMPOSITIONYour essay’s ability to articulate ideas using clear and effective language.


The writing in this essay is crisp and professional, and lacks any major mechanical or stylistic errors.

Needs Work

There are mechanical or stylistic errors that make this an unpolished and less persuasive product. Assuming no huge mistakes in the essay’s usage of the English language, most issues in this category will deal with academic writing conventions. For example, do not use slang or profanity (unless quoting). Unless quoting, do not use the first or second person (“I” or “you”)—maintain a voice of detached objectivity. Refer to historical figures by their last (or most commonly known) names. Etcetera, etcetera.


This essay is replete with any combination of spelling, grammar, and syntax errors that hinder the comprehensibility of your ideas.

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