Pirates of Old and Modern Day Pirates Research Project Purpose



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Pirates of Old and Modern Day Pirates

Research Project
Purpose: You are to research a specific pirate or aspect of pirating, one from group “A” and one from group “B.” Compare and contrast the two people or types. The purpose of this assignment is to expose you to proper evaluation of Internet and other sources and compilation of a research paper

Possible examination points:

Has technology changed piracy?

Is some piracy legitimized by advertising, propaganda, or governments?



Has the romantic appeal of piracy changed?
Possible topics:

Group A

Blackbeard

Mary Read

Francis Drake

Henry Morgan

Anne Bonny

Bartholomew Roberts

William (Captain) Kidd

Highway Men

Samuel (Black) Bellamy

Smugglers before 1800

Fishermen of the North Atlantic



Odysseus
Group B

Jesse James

Robber Barons

Bank robbers of the 1930s

Bonnie & Clyde

The Mafia/Untouchables

Drug smuggling

Terrorism

Internet piracy

Somali pirates

Corporate CEOs (like Steve Jobs)


Requirements:

  • Four legitimate sources, minimum (two for each type)

  • 2.5-3 printed pages in MLA style plus a works cited page


Assignment due date: 18 December 2015


Content

Emerging

Proficient

Exceeds

Organization

*Demonstrates a focus with an established controlling idea (thesis)

*Consistent point of view (no second person ever)

*Demonstrates coherence

*Demonstrates smooth progression of ideas


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Content

*Expresses use of critical thinking

*Uses clear and appropriate examples

*Uses reasonable evidence (quotes text to support position)




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Style and Language

*Effective diction and skillful use of language

*Sense of audience

*Transitional sentences and a variety in structure

*Uses a variety of accurate and apt vocabulary


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Mechanics and Usage

*Demonstrates correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation *Pronoun usage, subject-verb-agreement, etc.




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MLA Style Adherence: and 12 pt. Times New Roman font


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2.5-3 pages plus works-cited page



Score:______________/17



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