HIST 2010 United States
History I Research & Writing
Activity # 3
Students are to view the History Channel video “Abraham Lincoln Biography” and write an
informal reflective/reaction paper of a minimum of 1250 words. There is no charge to view the video.
Simply paste the web address (url) below into your web browser. A high-speed broadband internet
connection is best. Students may use any MSCC computer approved for student use.
Student’s paper should contain:
1. a succinct summary of the salient information presented in the video program (50% of grade)
2. the student’s personal reaction (reflection) to the information presented in the program (50% of
Paper must be typed in 12 point font, single-spaced, with student name on the first page and each page
numbered consecutively. Paper should be written in a Microsoft Word compatible word processing
program or converted into a PDF or RTF file. Paper must be uploaded to the designated D2L dropbox
by the designated due date. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammatical errors. Proper use of
paragraphs is required, Papers written as one or two long paragraphs will not be read and will
receive a grade of zero. Formal citation and a reference page are not needed because you should only
be summarizing and critiquing the documentary.
PLAGIARISM: The student’s submission will be automatically screened by the Turn It In plagiarism
service subscribed to by the college. If plagiarism is found, the student will receive a grade of zero
for the assignment with no opportunity for re-submission. The professor also reserves the right to
assign a grade of “F” for the entire course if plagiarism is detected.
Student should consult the Syllabus or Course Calendar for the prescribed due date. Late
submissions are accepted but are first graded and the reduced by 10 points for each day late.
RWA # 3: “Abraham Lincoln Biography” (129 minutes, 19 seconds)
Video summary: A biography of America’s sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln explores his life
from birth through his years as Civil War President.