- 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.
- Carefully read all of the assigned readings for the essay including the textbook and the information about the authors of the quotes.
- Carefully review the AVP and all of the module materials related to the Indian Boarding Schools.
- For this essay you need to think about several things:
- Why and how the boarding schools came into existence
- The lives of the men who wrote the quotes
- What does each quote mean?
- 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?
- The legacy of the boarding schools
- 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.
Boarding School Essay (BS Essay): While utilizing the two quotes below, describe and evaluate the Indian Boarding Schools system and relate them to the information found in chapter 11 of First Americans, the article “If we get the girls, we get the race” (found in Native American Voices).
The common schools
are the stomachs of the country
in which all people that come to us
are assimilated within a generation.
When a lion eats an ox,
the lion does not become an ox
but the ox becomes a lion.”
..Henry Ward Beecher
“If the Great Spirit had desired me
to be a white man
he would have made me so
in the first place.
He put in your heart
certain wishes and plans;
in my heart he put
other and different desires.
Each man is good
in the sight of the Great Spirit.
It is not necessary,
that eagles should be crows.”
..Sitting Bull (Teton Sioux)
Title; The Role of Early Indian Boarding Schools
Length; 3 pages (825 words)