Colonial Region Comparison Essay Social Studies 7 Essay Name November 2012 Task



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Colonial Region Comparison Essay

Social Studies 7 Essay

Name _________________ November 2012
Task:

You are to choose 2 of the 3 regions of colonies that we have studied in depth and write an essay that compares them to each other. In you essay you should show how the 2 regions are both similar to and also different from each other.


You can use the following suggested topics as a way to compare the regions.

  • Geography

    • What natural resources were in the region?

    • What was the regions climate?

    • What kind of soil did the region have?




  • People of the Region

    • Who lives in the region? Why?




  • Economic Development

    • Why did the economy of the region develop the way it did?

Make sure that your essay does more than simply say that the two regions are similar or different – you MUST show (EXPLAIN) how they are similar or different.




  • UNACCEPTABLE EXAMPLE:

    • The geography of the Southern colonies is different from the geography of the New England colonies.




Please make sure to plan your ideas before writing your essay. You may use one the following graphic organizers to help you plan.

  • You can use your own paper to do if you need more space to plan.






Differences from First Region

Similarities Between the two Regions

Differences from Second Region









2.


Region 1 Region 2


SIMILARITIES


After completing your graphic organizer, please use the following chart to plan before writing your essay.

Introduction

  • Including thesis statement and general information about the 13 colonies.

Topic Sentence:

Supporting Details:

Body #1

  • Similarities between the two regions, including supporting explanations

Topic Sentence:

Supporting Details:

Body #2

Topic Sentence:

Supporting Details:

Conclusion

  • Restating thesis statement and also sharing the similarities and differences (WITHOUT EXPLAINING them)

Topic Sentence:

Supporting Details:

Colonial Region Comparison Essay Rubric




5

4

3

2

0

Intro

Interesting hook; descriptive language Provides focus for essay

Attempts hook; minimal use of descriptive language

Hook may be dull; very brief intro

No hook; confusing start to an essay

Ineffective

Thesis

Statement


Is at the end of the intro and is clear and well-written

Is at the end of the intro is basic but effective

Is at the end of the intro, may have too much or too little

May be unclear or unfocused

Ineffective,

No thesis statement



Body paragraph:

Similarities

Clearly and with use of descriptive language explains the positive events for those involved.

Some use of descriptive language to explain the positive events for those involved.

Minimal use of descriptive language to explain the positive events for those involved.

Does not use descriptive language and uses minimal details to explain the positive events for those involved.

Ineffective

Body paragraph:

Differences

Clearly and with use of descriptive language explains the negative events for those involved

Some use of descriptive language to explain the negative events for those involved.

Minimal use of descriptive language to explain the negative events for those involved

Does not use descriptive language and uses minimal details to explain the negative events for those involved.

ineffective

Conclusion


Restates the thesis statement and full wraps up the essay leaving the reader with no questions or confusion.

Partially wraps up the essay leaving the reader with no questions or confusion.

Leave the reader with questions about the topic

Is missing, or does not even attempt to wrap up the essay, may introduce new information

Ineffective

Grammar

Few errors, demonstrates a strong grasp of the language

Minor errors which may be typos

Some errors which do not effect readability

Multiple errors which make it difficult to read

Ineffective

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