Friday, May 15, 2015

Race Relations at the Turn of the Century: Washington & DuBois

Inspired by my colleagues Kerry Wynn and Kim Morse, I have been trying to craft essay questions that require very specific student responses. In theory at least, this then encourages students to write more specific, argumentative thesis statements and rely on evidence in more pointed ways. So whereas I might have once simply asked students to explain the differences between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois’s approaches to helping African Americans, for my second history lab assignment I asked them which of the two men had the most effective approach and why.