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posted Mar 5, 2013, 5:02 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 5:57 AM ]
Day 26--

After yesterday's multiple choice test on the Age of Absolutism, it must be time to work on the written assessment for the unit....because it's due today.
Here's the question:

How did European leaders during the Age of Absolutism follow their own interests while facing challenges to their authority, both from inside their countries and from outside?  

Civics Standard 1.3 -- 1.3 Understand the purposes and organization of international relationships.

Wondering how to start? There are three different approaches to organizing your response on yesterday's assignment page, but you're welcome to use any organizational structure that works for you.

Whatever organization you use, don't forget to include the following to meet the basic requirements:
  • Introductory paragraph with thesis statement that clearly answers the question
  • Multiple paragraphs that discuss a variety of different leaders from different nations, including challenges they faced, and how they tried to overcome them
  • Key vocabulary words from the unit, used appropriately, highlighted in some way to make them stand out
  • Concluding paragraph that closes out your paper, echoes your thesis statement, and provides a sense of closure on your arguments
  • Accurate citations for each use of outside information
  • Accurate and complete list of references, including at least 3 sources of information (no more than 1 Wikipedia or similar source) 

Need to see how you'll be scored on this assessment? The Grading Rubric is available for you, and it's a good way to make sure you haven't left out a key component in your final response.

Want some more resources? Links to web pages for the leaders we've discussed can be found below:
Don't forget to cite them and add them to your list of works cited when you use them. 
Learn more about the Thirty Years War at these sites:
Learn more about the Palace of Versailles here:

What else do you need? Ask questions if you need help with anything.