Question "Although the thirteen American colonies were founded at different times by people with different motives and with different forms of colonial charters and political organization



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"Although the thirteen American colonies were founded at different times by people with different motives and with different forms of colonial charters and political organization, by the time of the American Revolution the thirteen colonies had become remarkably similar."
In your essay evaluate the accuracy of this statement. Were the colonies really "remarkably similar" by the time of the Revolution?
Evaluating the Essays
When reading the essays consider the following questions:

  • Does the introduction provide a general, overall response to the question? Is there a thesis?

  • Do the body paragraphs have clear topic sentences which indicate the main point which is being argued in each paragraph? Remember, the topic sentence should be what you're trying to prove in the paragraph -- it shouldn't be a statement of fact. A fact is used as evidence, it's not something you're trying to prove.

  • Are paragraphs in the body logically organized to address specific issues relating to the argument? Or are they a jumble of ideas and facts that don't necessarily relate to answering the question? If they are relevant to answering the question, is this connection made clearly? Remember, you can't just throw out ideas and facts, even though they may be good individual points. They need to be organized to support your argument -- you need to show how these ideas and facts relate to proving your argument and answering the question.

  • Are the arguments in the body paragraphs effectively supported by specific historical evidence? Does this evidence support the main argument presented in the topic sentence? Is the evidence correct? Relevant to the point?

  • Does the conclusion summarize the overall response to the question? Show what has been proven in the body of the essay?

  • Does the essay actually answer the question?

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