Grade American History Fall Semester Jamestown Essay Project



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7th Grade American History Fall Semester

Jamestown Essay Project
Overview: Over the course of the year, we have followed the establishment and development of the English colonies in North America. After failures at Sagadohoc and Roanoke, and “starving times” in others, by the mid 1700s, the thirteen English colonies were thriving.
Objectives:

  • To analyze the challenges faced by the Jamestown colony and the reasons why the colony was able to survive and thrive



Points: This paper counts as a test. A letter grade will be given.
Late Penalty: ten percent will be deducted per day late
Assignment:

What challenges did the Jamestown colony face, leading it to lose seventy percent or more of the colonists and what factors led it to not only survive, but thrive?
Choose at least two challenges that threatened the survival of the colony. Include at least two reasons why the colony suceeded and write a three page paper on how these events/factors contributed to its success. The goal is to prove your thesis statement (The British lost the American Revolution due to the disadvantages of fighting at a distance, inferior leadership, and strategic mistakes, including Yorktown.) with specific details. You will be working on the essay in class and at home. Specific assignments and deadlines will be given along the way.
Colony

  • Virginia (beginning with the Jamestown settlement)

    • Over time the colony grew from just Jamestown to the Virginia colony


Deliverables:

  1. Outline with introduction, including a thesis statement

  2. Rough draft of essay

  3. Final draft of essay with Works Cited page and rough draft (with comments) attached


Final Essay Requirements:

  • Title page with name, class (History 7.1, 7.2, 7.3), Mr. Hughes, date, and title of your essay

  • three pages, double spaced (no header or footer)

  • 12 point font, Times New Roman

  • Introduction, Four or more body paragraphs, and conclusion

  • Separate Works Cited page in proper MLA format (does not count as one of your three pages)

  • Rough draft with my comments clipped to final essay

  • Sources:

    • 2 book sources including your textbook

    • 2 online sources (ABC-CLIO, Britannica Annals of American History, and InfoTrac) found on the Stanwich library web page

  • Quotes:

Resources:

  • Your textbook, books provided in class

  • National Geographic: Beyond the Movie: The New World: Nightmare in Jamestown

  • ABC-CLIO, World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica

  • Various articles given to you by your teacher

  • Pre-approved and unblocked websites – list will be provided by teacher


In-Essay Citations and Works Cited

Within your essay, you will need to cite all outside work using the MLA format.


In addition, you will be required to have a separate Works Cited page in MLA format for your essay to show what outside information you included. Examples and formats will provided.. If you have ANY questions at all you should contact your history teacher

  • Email address:

    • Mr. Hughes – chughes@stanwichschool.org


Note Cards:

  • 4 Source Cards in MLA format (one for each of the two books, one for each of the two online articles)

  • 2 Information Cards from each source

    • Include letter of source (A, B, C, etc.), number (#1, #2), and subject (Leadership)

  • Above number of cards are the minimum. Thoughtful use of note cards will go a long way towards writing a well-written and coherent essay.


Class work:

In order to do well on this essay, it is imperative that you make effective use of class time. Essay work is to be done in class and at home. Please make an effort to see me with any questions during class or study hall. Disruptive behavior will result in a lower grade.



SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS AND DUE DATES
History 7.1
Thursday, October 31st
Class work: Introduction to project, expectations, and format

Outline, notes, resources

Work on outline/notes

Homework: Take notes on 3.1 related to the challenges faced by Jamestown and reasons for its success

Homework: Finish notes
Friday, November 1
Class work: Introduction to outline, Work Cited, in-essay citations

Work on outline


Homework: Outline with introduction and thesis statement due Tuesday
Tuesday, November 5th
Class work: Feedback on outline and introduction

Introduction to rough draft


Homework: Work on rough draft, adding specific details

Rough draft due: Thursday (beginning of class)


Wednesday, November 6th
Class work: Work on rough draft, adding specific details

Introduction to conclusion, transitions

Homework: Rough draft due Thursday
Thursday, November 7th
Class work: Feedback on rough draft, work on rough draft

Work on Works Cited

Homework: Final essay with Work Cited due Tuesday, November 12th

Friday, November 8th

Class work: Work on final essay, incorporate edits from rough draft

Homework: Final essay due Tuesday, November 12th
Tuesday, November 12th

*Final essay due with rough draft with my edits stapled to the back of it

Work Cited is the last page
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS AND DUE DATES
History 7.2
Wednesday, October 30th
Class work: Introduction to project, expectations, and format

Outline, notes, resources

Work on outline/notes

Homework: Take notes on 3.1 related to the challenges faced by Jamestown and reasons for its success

Homework: Finish notes
Thursday, October 31st
Class work: Introduction to outline, Work Cited, in-essay citations

Work on outline


Homework: Outline with introduction and thesis statement due end of class Monday, November 4th
Friday, November 1st
Class work: Feedback on outline and introduction

Introduction to rough draft


Homework: Work on rough draft, adding specific details

Rough draft due: Thursday, November 7th (beginning of class)


Monday, November 4th
Class work: Work on rough draft, adding specific details

Introduction to conclusion, transitions

Homework: Rough draft due Thursday, November 7th (end of class)
Tuesday, November 5th
Class work: Feedback on rough draft, work on rough draft

Work on Works Cited

Homework: Final essay with Work Cited due Monday, November 11th

Friday, November 8th

Class work: Work on final essay, incorporate edits from rough draft

Homework: Final essay due Monday, November 11th
Monday, November 11th

*Final essay due with rough draft with my edits stapled to the back of it

Work Cited is the last page
SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS AND DUE DATES
History 7.3
Wednesday, October 30th
Class work: Introduction to project, expectations, and format

Outline, notes, resources

Work on outline/notes

Homework: Take notes on 3.1 related to the challenges faced by Jamestown and reasons for its success

Homework: Finish notes
Thursday, October 31st
Class work: Introduction to outline, Work Cited, in-essay citations

Work on outline


Homework: Outline with introduction and thesis statement due Tuesday
Monday, November 4th
Class work: Feedback on outline and introduction

Introduction to rough draft


Homework: Work on rough draft, adding specific details

Rough draft due: Thursday (beginning of class)


Tuesday, November 5th
Class work: Work on rough draft, adding specific details

Introduction to conclusion, transitions

Homework: Rough draft due Thursday (end of class)
Wednesday, November 8th
Class work: Feedback on rough draft, work on rough draft

Work on Works Cited

Homework: Final essay with Work Cited due Tuesday, November 12th

Thursday, November 9th

Class work: Work on final essay, incorporate edits from rough draft



Homework: Final essay due Tuesday, November 12th
Monday, November 11th

*Final essay due with rough draft with my edits stapled to the back of it

Work Cited is the last page


RUBRIC FOR ESSAY

Categories

A

B

C

F

Revision

Essay shows thorough and thoughtful revision from outline and rough draft based on teacher and peer feedback.

Essay incorporates most feedback from outline and rough draft based on teacher and peer feedback.

Essay demonstrates little revision from outline and rough draft based on teacher and peer feedback.

Essay lacks revision from outline and rough draft based on teacher and peer feedback.


Organization



Essay has a clear flow from start to finish, topic and transition sentences

Essay shows preparation, and clear separation from paragraph to paragraph, but does not always flow from section to section

Essay shows some preparation, but paragraphs do not always relate back to thesis statement, and there is a lack of decent topic sentences



Essay shows little to no preparation



Argument


Student is able to defend thesis statement, with specific details in support of argument


Student defends thesis statement in most areas, and provides satisfactory detail

Student refers to thesis statement from time to time, but argument is weak, and there is a lack of detail


Student does not have a thesis statement, and no argument is made


Detail and Supporting Evidence


Student refers to required number of factors, and uses appropriate factors to support thesis statement

Student refers to required number of factors, but does not always use them appropriately to defend thesis statement (use of factors is confusing)


Student uses less than the required amount of factors, and paper is lacking sufficient detail


Student uses less than the required amount of factors, and paper has very little detail, and is very difficult to follow

Introductions and Conclusion


Introduction is clear, providing insight into the essay using the “funnel” technique,” and includes a well-written thesis statement
Conclusion is well written

Introduction is clear, and includes adequate insight into the paper. The thesis statement is properly placed, but is awkward
Conclusion is too long, and includes details that should have been included in a body paragraph



Introduction is too short, and does not provide enough detail.
Conclusion is too short, and does not seem to “wrap up” the essay



Introduction is lacking any insight into the paper, or has not been written


Grammar, Sentence Structure, and Spelling


Student uses a variety of sentence structures appropriately and confidently; no spelling errors found


Student varies sentence structure, but makes occasional grammatical errors; very few spelling errors found


Student’s writing is repetitive, unclear, or has many grammatical errors; multiple spelling errors found



Grammatical errors make the paper hard to understand; numerous spelling mistakes found

Essay Citations & Works Cited

Student properly cites all outside sources within essay and on Works Cited page in MLA format

Student cites nearly all sources within essay and on Works Cited page in MLA format

Student does not sufficiently cite sources within essay and on Works Cited page; MLA format not used

Numerous omissions of in essay citations and on Works Cited page; improperly formatted references used

Classwork/ Effort

Student consistently takes advantage of class time to work diligently on essay; asks questions and seeks assistance in and out of class. Also, student works consistently and effectively at home to meet deadlines and produce best possible work.

Student makes good use of time to work on essay; seeks some assistance in and out of class. Also, student typically makes effective use of time at home to make progress on the essay to produce good work.

Student makes poor use of class time to work on essay; rarely seeks assistance in or out of class. Also, student does little quality work on essay at home.

Student consistently disrupts class or does not engage with the work at-hand, thus making little progress. Little or no work is done at home and student does not seek or is receptive to help from the teacher.






Points Possible

Points Assigned

Revision

20




Organization, Introduction, Conclusion

20




Content

40




Grammar & Spelling

10




Citations & Works Cited

10




Classwork/Effort

10




TOTAL

110





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