Due: March 18
Length: 600 words minimum (excluding name, date, class, and title)
Format: Text entry, or file via personal message/email (backup)
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.) can also offer essay-writing assistance.
Please submit an essay that answers ONE of the following prompts.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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 criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeORGANIZATIONYour essay’s ability to direct the flow of information in a clear, logical, and consistent manner.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEVIDENCEYour essay’s ability to support its assertions with examples.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCOMPOSITIONYour essay’s ability to articulate ideas using clear and effective language.