May 22

posted May 22, 2012, 6:02 AM by Peter Knowles
Our next assessment: Due May 24 (two days from now)

Standard-- Civics 1.3: Understand the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy.   

Big Question -- How do independent nations rely on each other to meet their current and future needs? 

Content Focus-- World War I -- Chapter 16 (522-547)


It's time to get to work!
In this assessment cycle, we've seen how European nations formed alliances that drew them toward war. We've seen how, during the war, nations switched alliances, dropped out, or entered the war. And we've seen how, as the war came to an end, the independent nations involved made arrangements for the peace that would follow. All of these events address the central question that you now need to answer:
How do independent nations rely on each other to meet their current and future needs? 

Here's a Suggested Organizational Structure for your response. Use it if you like. 
Parag 1: Introduction
Include a thesis statement that answers the Big Question in a single sentence
Parag 2: Before the war
Focus on the international arrangements among European nations that created a Europe that was ready for war
Parag 3: During the war
How did new nations join the war? How did some nations leave?
Parag 4: After the war
How did nations --both winners and losers-- make plans for a better future?
**Optional: You could include another paragraph where you discuss modern-day examples of independent nations relying on each other. There are lots of examples you could use. Just be sure to make them IN ADDITION to your discussion of World War I, not in place of that discussion.
Parag 5 (or 6): Conclusion
Restate thesis and wrap up assessment with a clear concluding paragraph
Reference list, of course
Include at least 4 different resources (textbook +3 others)
**OPTIONAL: Include a copy of your slideshow in your blog. Here's how
Scoring Rubric is available here

Assessment 15 Checklist
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?
  • Explained how independent nations and their agreements played a role in the beginning of the war?
  • Explained how independent nations and their agreements played a role in the events  during of the war?
  • Explained how independent nations and their agreements played a role in the end and aftermath of the war?
  • Optional: Explained how independent nations today rely on each other to meet their current and future needs?
  • Clearly connected your 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 THREE (3) 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 your 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 CIVICS?
  • Titled your blog: Assessment 15, or something even more appropriate?
If you have completed all those things on the checklist, you're ready to turn it in. Publish it, and then relax. We start our next assessment cycle Friday!

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