Narrating Revolutionary Boston
Due Sunday 3/5 100 points/10% of the semester grade
1. This assignment demands creativity and hard work. To earn a high grade on the
project, you will need to watch the podcasts carefully, consult the textbook readings
from the past few weeks, and closely read “The Stamp Act Primary Sources" in this
week’s course module.
2. After you have done sufficient research on your subject, write at least three but
no more than five diary entries. The diary entries together can be no longer than two
single-spaced pages. Here are specific guidelines on the content:
You will need to invent a believable colonial character situated in a British
American community that you choose after digesting the course materials.
Give your character an appropriate name and think about how he or she fits
in the community in terms of gender, rank, race and the like before
proceeding with the assignment.
Each diary entry must have a date that reflects your character’s involvement
in the Stamp Act crisis.
Describe events that occurred on that date as much as possible and
demonstrate your character’s views on the Stamp Act after you read the
documents and develop a keen understanding of the range of positions on the
Show a deep awareness of the people, places, and events that your character
would have engaged had he or she, in fact, lived in 18th century British
America. Demonstrate knowledge of your community that only locals might
Above all, have fun with the assignment and be creative in evoking the past
through this exercise in writing historical fiction.
Your assignment should bear your name and the due date. It cannot exceed two
single-spaced pages in 12-point font with 1-inch margins all around. Upload your
diary entries to the appropriate turnitin.com link in this week’s course module.
Your work will be assessed on the diary entries' historical accuracy, knowledge of
Boston’s people and places, and creativity. Do not use other people’s work from
websites or print sources. Turnitin.com has and will catch students who cheat. Do
know that I will enforce the university’s academic honesty policy with vigor: