Slave Quarters

Sample Student Responses

Proficient responses

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 responses

Level Description
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 responses

Level Description
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.