World History Writing Assignment: Journal—Manor Life



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World History
Writing Assignment: Journal—Manor Life

As in all writing assignments, you will be assessed in accordance with the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing rubric. For this particular assignment, a special emphasis will be placed upon two traits: Ideas and Content and Organization. For the other traits (voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, presentation), refer to your course writing rubric.
Ideas and Content

In addition to the descriptions in the 6 +1 Traits of Writing rubric, use the following specific guidelines:


Top Scores

  • The journals clearly focus on the daily life of a person who lived in the early Middle Ages. The overlying themes of daily life, duties, and obligations are clearly discussed. Comparison statements are included in the paper that addresses the trials and tribulations of this time period.

  • Research-based evidence provides clear and convincing support for describing everyday life in the early Middle Ages.

  • Research includes different sources, as specified in the assignment instructions.

  • Sources consulted are reputable and have solid information to support this assignment.

  • The journals have sufficient length to complete its purpose and the requirements of the assignment (1000 words for all five).


Middle Scores

  • The journals cover the general routine of a person who lived in the early Middle Ages, but does not include specific information about specific themes the directions require you to discuss.

  • Research-based evidence is related to the topic, but it does not always clearly support the topic. There may be gaps in the information provided as support for this assignment.

  • Research includes some sources, as specified in the assignment instructions.

  • Sources consulted tend to not offer a good overview of the factors required to explain life in the Middle Ages.

  • The paper may not have sufficient length to complete its purpose or to meet the assignment requirements (750-999 words).


Lower Scores

  • The journals do not address any of the requirements for this assignment. There is no central focus for the assignment.

  • Research-based evidence is not related to the topic. Evidence is insufficient in amount to fully support the thesis.

  • Research includes little to no sources, as specified in the assignment instructions, or research based facts do not have a clear purpose in support, or there is not sufficient research to justify a conclusion, or facts are inaccurate.

  • Sources consulted do not lend favor to the early Middle Ages and daily life in thie time period.

  • The paper does not have sufficient length to meet its purpose or satisfy the assignment requirements (500-749 words).


Organization

In addition to the descriptions in the 6 +1 traits of Writing rubric, use the following specific guidelines:


Top Scores

  • The paper has an introduction that includes the thesis statement.

  • The paper is primarily the student’s writing, with evidence blended in effectively in support.

  • Supporting evidence is arranged in paragraphs in a sequence that makes the relation to the thesis clear.

  • Paragraph structure presents supporting evidence in a unified and coherent manner, blending effectively with the student’s writing.

  • Sections are clearly connected, and the development follows a logical pattern.

  • An effective ending brings a sense of closure and resolution.


Middle Scores

  • The introduction does not completely prepare the reader for the content of the essay.

  • Although much of the writing is the student’s, a high percentage of the content is taken directly from sources.

  • Supporting evidence is not as clearly organized in support of a thesis. It may be organized instead by listing facts from one source followed by facts from another source.

  • Evidence is quoted without blending effectively with student writing.

  • The sequence of ideas in the paper does not follow a logical pattern.

  • A conclusion is attempted, but it does not effectively wrap up ideas or bring the paper to an effective close.


Lower Scores

  • The introduction is absent or does not introduce a thesis.

  • If the paper has an adequate number of sources, it may be more of a collection of quotations than an essay written by the student.

  • There is no clear sequence of the presentation of evidence.

  • The conclusion of the paper does not effectively wrap up ideas or bring the paper to an effective close.

  • The conclusion is absent.


Other Areas of Grading

Please consult the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing rubric for the following areas of evaluation:


Voice

Word Choice

Sentence Fluency

Conventions

Presentation


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