Slave Quarters

Interactive Rubric

To answer this question correctly, students must explain both how this source provides useful evidence about the living conditions of slaves and how the source is limited as evidence.  For Question 1, students must explain that the photo provides some idea of the types of houses that slaves inhabited on this particular plantation.  In Question 2, students must see that the photograph was taken decades after the end of slavery and therefore provides limited evidence about the lives of slaves.

Level Description
Proficient

Question 1 

Student explains that the photograph depicts the quarters once inhabited by slaves and therefore provides information about the living conditions of slaves on this plantation.  

 

 

Question 2 

Student sees that the photograph was taken in 1903 and explains that the gap in time between when the photograph was taken and the end of slavery limits the usefulness of this resource as evidence of living conditions of slaves.  

 

Emergent

Question 1 

Student explains how the photograph provides useful information about the housing that slaves inhabited but makes the mistaken assumption that the plantation workers were slaves.  

 

 

Question 2 

Student identifies limitations of the source but doesn’t correctly explain the importance of the date of the photo for determining the reliability of the source.  

 

Basic

Question 1

Student assumes that the plantation workers in 1903 are slaves and/or does not explain how the photograph provides useful information. 

 

 

Question 2

Student doesn’t explain how the date of the photograph limits its usefulness as evidence of the living conditions of slaves.