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The Assassination of JFK: - Who Killed Kennedy?
STUDENT: __________________ TEACHER: _________________ DUE: __________

  1. Use the SOSE Web page - go to Modern History – go to Mysteries and Conspiracies - go to JFK.


(2) Booklet - Who Killed Kennedy?
STUDENT TASK: Write a well referenced essay answering the following question.
Was the Warren Commission correct in its findings that
A Oswald was in the area when and where the assassination took place.

B That Oswald owned the gun used to kill the president.

C That Oswald fired the fatal shots that Killed the President and wounded Governor Connelly.

D There was no evidence that anyone assisted Oswald in planning or carrying out the assassination.
Having studied the prosecution and defence evidence are you convinced that the Warren Commission was correct in all of its findings?
Your investigation will include research notes on all five issues listed below

  • Was Oswald in the area where and when the assassination took place?

  • Did Oswald own the weapon which killed Kennedy?

  • Did Oswald have the motive and skill to kill the President?

  • Did Oswald actually fired the fatal shots?

  • Is there any reliable evidence that others may have been involved in the assassination?

What ever your conclusion, you must support your arguments with evidence. You must interpret the evidence and use it to show how it supports or fails to support your case. You must select reliable evidence to quote in your paragraphs to support your conclusions. You cannot simply state what you believe to be the true.

You must evaluate any evidence presented to you. You must ask these questions:

      • Is the evidence representative?

      • Is the evidence biased, and if so, who or what is it biased towards and why?

      • Is the evidence fact or opinion? How can you tell whether it is or is not?


You may conclude that the Commission was correct in all of its findings OR the commission was incorrect in all of findings OR commission was correct in some of its findings.

Your response will at least show all of the characteristics listed on the essay guide.




The Assassination of JFK:

Who Killed Kennedy?

STUDENT: __________________ TEACHER: _________________ DUE: __________

Assessment Criteria:






Knowledge and Understanding

  • Of significant people, places, events, conditions, and issues pertaining to the assassination of JFK

  • Use of historical terminology

  • Reference to historical events and concepts


  • Showing evidence of a drafting and editing process, including:

    • Making and submitting notes

    • Working effectively in class

Critical Use of Sources

  • Identifies explicit and implicit meaning in a wide variety of sources

  • Analyses sources to identify links between sources

  • Draws inferences from sources to reach conclusions

  • Reaches conclusions on how sources provide evidence of the guilt or innocence of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Relevance of reference to sources

  • Supports conclusions with evidence from the sources


  • Outline well-structured and well-presented

  • Research notes well-organised

  • Focus questions effectively employed

  • Uses clear, concise and accurate language

  • Expression is fluent and coherent

  • Appropriate roles and relationships created and maintained

  • Generic structure used appropriated

  • Demonstrates knowledge of paragraph and sentence structure

Essay Guide
The First Paragraph - IntroductionHypothesis

  • Comment on the historical setting - mention time, place and the main issues of the time.

  • Clearly state whether the evidence supports or rejects the commissions findings.

  • List the main areas of evidence you wish to include in your argument eg. Gun ownership, shooting ability of Oswald, number of shots fired….etc

  • Comment on the quality of the sources and any problems or inconsistencies – i.e. unreliable, bias, conflicting, very hard to find, too numerous….etc

The Body – one paragraph for each main piece of evidence listed in the first paragraph – each paragraph will include

  • A topic sentence clearly identifying one major point that you wish to deal with in this paragraph.

  • Referenced evidence to support the point you are arguing.

  • Comments about how reliable the evidence you are using is to support your conclusion. ie clear and indisputable, reliable, bias or conflicting evidence.

  • A clear linking sentence that introduces the theme of the next paragraph

The Last Paragraph – Conclusion will include

  • A brief summary of your main argument and some reference to one or more of the following.

  1. Comments on some important things you have learnt about history, society or governments from studying this topic.

  2. Comments on the importance of studying this topic.

  3. Comments on how this topic or aspects of this topic influenced the historical period that followed.

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