March 27

posted Mar 27, 2012, 6:02 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Mar 27, 2012, 11:13 AM ]
Assessment 12: Due March 30, 2012 

Standard: History 4.2

 Understand and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

Key Question to Answer

How did the American Revolution in North America lead to Napoleon's power in Europe?

Content Focus

Ch 10: American Revolution and Ch. 11: French Revolution (330-367)

Big picture: Write a response to the question above to show how well you understand History Standard 4.2. Use a clear and inviting introduction as well as strong organization to lead your reader through your response. Include multiple examples from class and from your own investigations and experiences to support your thesis. Provide citations to show where all your information came from along with a complete and accurate reference list. Use standard academic English writing to present your ideas. Also, include your slideshow as part of your blog post. 

Compose your answer in Google Docs. Copy & publish to your Blog by Midnight on due date (March 30th)

Students who miss deadline will be assigned working lunch until assessment is completed. L

Use the information from homework and classroom assignments to help form your opinions and your response. Additional web resources to help you go beyond the textbook are available below. 

If you think you're ready to turn your assignment in, you might use the checklist below to see if you've done all you need to do.

Have you...
  • Written a clear & inviting introductory paragraph?
  • Included a clear thesis statement in response to key question above?
  • Used effective transitions to move your reader easily between paragraphs and sentences?
  • Finished with clear and authoritative conclusion?
  • Provided a clear, accurate explanation of the four areas that lead to the French Revolution
    • Absolutism
    • the Enlightenment 
    • American Revolution
    • the existing social order in France
  • Provided descriptions of the most important events from the French Revolution (1789-1799)?
  • Provided descriptions of Napoleon's upbringing and rise to power?
  • Clearly focused on causal connections between your chosen examples?
  • Clearly connected examples to your thesis statement? 
    • Answer the "So What?" question ("This shows that....") as you close each section.
  • Included relevant content-related vocabulary? 
    • Highlight vocabulary words you've used to help them stand out to your reader (and yourself)
  • Used 2 or more references in addition to class text? 
  • Cited all evidence correctly (format, location, punctuation)?
  • Listed all references used & use all references listed?
  • Formatted all references and complete list correctly?
  • Followed standard spelling & capitalization rules?
    • Need help with capitalization? Check out this guide.
  • Used complete sentences (except where fragments are used for effect)?
  • Labeled your blog as History?
  • Titled your blog: Assessment 12, or something even more appropriate?
The following links can help you find information to help with this assessment. Use them to help with your independent research. NOTE: You do not have to use these links for your outside research. Feel free to search using your favorite search engines and best searching techniques. But if you may use the lists below to help access information to help you with your assessment. 

Suggested structure of your response (one paragraph each)

Introduction (including thesis statement)
Background (Absolutism, Enlightenment, American Revolution)
French Revolution (3 Estates, Major events)
Napoleon (Background, rise to power, downfall)
Reference list