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Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Describe the historical event that you selected. Why is this event significant?
II. Describe at least two secondary sources that you could use to research your historical event. Your sources must be relevant to your event and must be of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes these sources appropriate and relevant for investigating your event? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices?
III. Describe at least two primary sources that you could use to research your historical event. Your sources must be relevant to your event and must be of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: How do these sources relate to your secondary sources? What do they add to your understanding of the event? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your event?
IV. Based on your review of primary and secondary sources, develop a research question related to the historical event you selected. In other words, what would you like to know more about?
V. Identify an audience that would be interested in your historical event and research question. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message?
VI. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples. For example, will your audience understand historical terminology and principles associated with your event, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?
Project 1 Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your writing plan should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 12 pages, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New
Roman font and one-inch margins.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%)
Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
     
Historical Event
Meets Proficient criteria, and description is exceptionally clear and contextualized
Describes selected historical event and its significance
Describes selected historical event and its significance, but with gaps in detail or clarity
Does not describe selected historical event and its significance
15.8
2

Secondary Sources
Meets Proficient criteria, and description of resources demonstrates strong understanding of information needed to investigate foundational historic events
Describes at least two relevant and appropriate secondary sources that could be used to research the historical event
Describes at least two secondary sources that could be used to research the historical event, but with gaps in appropriateness, relevance, or detail
Does not describe at least two secondary sources that could be used to research the historical event
15.8
Primary Sources
Meets Proficient criteria, and description of resources demonstrates strong understanding of information needed to investigate foundational historic events
Describes at least two relevant and appropriate primary sources that could be used to research the historical event
Describes at least two primary sources that could be used to research the historical event, but with gaps in appropriateness, relevance, or detail
Does not describe at least two primary sources that could be used to research the historical event
15.8
Research Question
Meets Proficient criteria, and response demonstrates insight into connection between research and question
Develops research question related to the selected historical event based on review of primary and secondary sources
Develops research question related to the selected historical event, but question is not based on review of primary and secondary sources
Does not develop research question related to the selected historical event
15.8
Audience
Meets Proficient criteria, and identification of audience demonstrates insight into event and question
Identifies an audience that would be interested in event and research question
Identifies an audience that would be interested in event and research question, but audience is not appropriate for event and question
Does not identify an audience that would be interested in event and research question
15.8
Message
Meets Proficient criteria, and response demonstrates sophisticated understanding of how to effectively communicate with specific audience
Describes how and why message can be tailored to audience, providing specific examples
Describes how and why message can be tailored to audience, but with gaps in examples
Does not describe how and why message can be tailored to audience
15.8
Articulation of Response
Submission is free of errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization and is presented in a professional and easy-to- read format
Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas
5.2
Total 100%
 


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