Social Groups of the 1800’s Research and Historical Fiction Journal Writing



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Social Groups of the 1800’s

Research and Historical Fiction Journal Writing
You will be researching a member of early 19th century American society and creating a 1 – 2 page journal entry for a character based on the elements of your research. At the end of this assignment you will present your research to the class. (Please look at the rubric for assessment details)
Step 1

You will need to research one of the following assigned groups of people.





Step 2

You must research the following and apply them to your character in your informational writing piece:



  • Setting: Where do they live? What is the quality of their location/living space?

  • Daily life (What is a normal day like in this person’s shoes)

  • Power (or little power)

  • Property (or little property)

  • Prestige (or little prestige)

  • How did the Industrial Revolution affect their life (Need to be specific as possible) (Did the Industrial Revolution impact them positively or negatively)

*You will be given an organizer/recording sheet to help organize the information that you find during your research.

*You will need to list your resources/web sites visited
Step 3

You will be using the researched information in writing a 1 – 2 page journal entry about your characters daily life. Please apply the information from step 2 into your journal entry (Please mix this information into your journal entry). You may use some of the reading assignments that you received over the past few weeks as examples.


Step 4

You will present the information about your character to the class. You will be on the “hot seat” while your classmates have the opportunity to ask questions about your character and his/her daily life.

*You can earn bonus points if you use presentation software (ex: PowerPoint) or an item that is related to your character that helps you explain his/her life during your presentation to the class.

(You can only work on this AFTER the paper is completed)






Outstanding


(5 points)

Acceptable


(3-4 points)

Minimal

(2 points)

Poor

(0-1 points)

Daily Life

- Student goes above and beyond by providing specific and in-depth details (5 or more) in explaining the daily life of their character.

- Information that is provided shows a complete understanding of the social group.

- All information about the Daily Life is accurate and relevant to the group.


- Student provides details (3-4) in explaining the daily life of their character.

- Information that is provided shows a proficient understanding of the social group.

- The majority of information about the Daily Life is accurate and relevant to the group.


- Student provides few details (1-2) in explaining the daily life of their character.

- Information that is provided shows a lack of understanding for a social group.

- The information about the Daily Life shows little accuracy and relevance to the group.


- Student provides little detail (1 or zero) in explaining the daily life of their character.

- Information that is provided shows no understanding for a social group.

- The information about the Daily Life is not accurate or relevant to the group.


Setting

- Setting is explained in detail. The reader gets a sense of where the story in the journal entry is taking place.

- Setting is established. The reader understands where the story in the journal entry is taking place.

- Setting is mentioned but the reader does not understand where the story in the journal entry is taking place.

- Setting is not established. The reader has no idea where the story in the journal entry is taking place.

Power, Property, and Prestige

- Student goes above and beyond by providing specific and in-depth examples (8 or more) of power, property, and prestige while explaining the daily life of their character.

- Information that is provided shows a complete understanding of the social group.

- All information about the power, property, and prestige is accurate and relevant to the group.


- Student provides examples (6-7) of power, property, and prestige in explaining the daily life of their character.

- Information that is provided shows a proficient understanding of the social group.

- The majority of information about the power, property, and prestige is accurate and relevant to the group.


- Student provides few examples (3-5) in explaining power, property, and prestige of their character.

- Information that is provided shows a lack of understanding for a social group.

- The information about the power, property, and prestige shows little accuracy and relevance to the group.


- Student provides a limited amount of examples (1-2) in explaining the power, property, and prestige of their character.

- Information that is provided shows no understanding for a social group.

- The information about the power, property, and prestige is not accurate or relevant to the group.


Industrial Revolution

- Student specifically explains how the Industrial Revolution affected their life.

- Evaluates if the Industrial Revolution affected them either positively or negatively by providing examples when describing the affect of the Industrial Revolution.



- Student explains with some details of how the Industrial Revolution affected their life.

- Provides either positive or negative examples when describing the affect of the Industrial Revolution.



- Student explains with little detail of how the Industrial Revolution affected their life.

- Provides either a positive or negative example but does not describe the affect of the Industrial Revolution.



- Student does not explain how the Industrial Revolution affected their life.

Writing Conventions

- Journal is over 1 page in length.

- No more than 2 spelling or grammar errors.

- Sentence construction is solid (no mistakes).

- The paper is in a journal entry format. Effort is shown in their writing piece.

- 12 point font; Double Spaced.


- Journal is at least 1 page in length.

- The paper has between 3 – 5 spelling or grammar errors.

- Sentence construction is proficient (Minor mistakes that don’t take away from understanding the reading)

- The paper is in a journal entry format. Effort is shown in their writing piece.



- Journal is ¾ page in length.

- The paper has between 6 – 10 spelling or grammar errors.

- Sentence construction needs major improvement (Mistakes do take away from understanding the reading)

- The paper is in a journal entry format. Effort is not proven in the writing piece.



- Journal is ½ page in length.

- The paper has over 10 spelling or grammar errors.

- Sentence construction needs major improvement (Mistakes make the journal entry unreadable.)

- The paper is not in a journal entry format. Effort is not shown in the writing piece.



Sources

- Has at least 2 credible sources

-Sources are in the correct format.



- Has at least 2 credible sources.

- Sources are not in the correct format.



- Has 1 credible source.

-Sources are in the correct format.



- Has no credible sources.

-Sources are not in the correct format.



Presentation

- Student shows a great deal of enthusiasm in explaining their character.

- Student gives relevant information and details in their presentation.



- Student explains their character.

-Student gives relevant information and details in their presentation.



- Student is very limited while explaining their character.

- Student gives very little information and details in their presentation.



- Student does not explain their character.


Bonus

- Student has an excellent presentation while using the software or an item that explains their character.

- Student has a solid presentation while using the software or an item that explains their character.

- The information on the presentation software is limited or the student has a tough time explaining the relevance of the item.

- Student attempts to use presentation software but the information is incomplete.

Total: __________/35 Paper due date: ______________ Presentation date: ____________


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