Historical awareness informs various aspects of our lives. We live in a time of rapid change, and we often think more about the future than the past. However, studying history can help us better understand our own lives in the context of the places we live and society in general. In America, specifically, the government is informed by its citizens. If the ideals of society shift, that shift will eventually move throughout the different levels of gov

HIS 200 Project 1 Guidelines and Rubric

Overview

History is for human self-knowledge . . . the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.

—R. G. Collingwood

Historical awareness informs various aspects of our lives. We live in a time of rapid change, and we often think more about the future than the past. However, studying history can help us better understand our own lives in the context of the places we live and society in general. In America, specifically, the government is informed by its citizens. If the ideals of society shift, that shift will eventually move throughout the different levels of government, effecting widespread change.

For the projects in this course, you will select a historical event that has impacted American society in some way. You may select an event that was discussed in the course, or you may select your own event, with instructor approval. You may consider using the event you chose to work on in your Perspectives in History class, if that event is something you wish to investigate further through this assessment.

In Project 1, you will develop a plan for an essay on this historical event. The plan will include a brief description of the selected historical event and the resources you will use in your research. In addition, you will identify an audience for your essay and decide how to communicate your information to this audience. In Project 2, you will write an essay analyzing the historical event you selected, examining its impact on society as well as its impact on you personally.

 

Project 1 addresses the following course outcomes:

 

Select appropriate and relevant primary and secondary sources in investigating foundational historic events Communicate effectively to specific audiences in examining fundamental aspects of human history

 

Apply key approaches to studying history in addressing critical questions related to historical narratives and perspectives

 

Prompt

 

Your writing plan should answer the following prompt: Select a historical event that has impacted American society. Develop a plan for writing your essay, describing the historical event, selecting appropriate resources for your research, and identifying an audience for your essay. The purpose of this writing plan is to provide you with a way to gather your thoughts and begin thinking about how to support your thesis statement. The following critical elements will be assessed in a 1- to 2-page word processing document.

 

 

 

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Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

 

  1. Describe the historical eventthat you selected. Why is this event significant?

 

  1. Describe at least two secondary sourcesthat you could use to research your historical event. Your sources must be relevant to your event and must be of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes these sources appropriate and relevant for investigating your event? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices?

 

  1. Describe at least two primary sourcesthat you could use to research your historical event. Your sources must be relevant to your event and must be of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: How do these sources relate to your secondary sources? What do they add to your understanding of the event? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your event?

 

 

IV.

Based on your review of primary and secondary sources, develop a

research question

related to the historical event you selected. In other words, what

 

 

would you like to know more about?

 

 

  1. Identify an audiencethat would be interested in your historical event and research question. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message?

 

 

VI.

Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples. For example, will your audience understand historical terminology and principles associated with your event, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?

 

 

Project 1 Rubric

 

Guidelines for Submission: Your writing plan should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 1–2 pages, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.

 

 

Critical ElementsExemplary (100%)Proficient (85%)Needs Improvement (55%)Not Evident (0%)Value
Historical EventMeets “Proficient” criteria, andDescribes selected historicalDescribes selected historicalDoes not describe selected15.8
 description is exceptionallyevent and its significanceevent and its significance, buthistorical event and its 
 clear and contextualized with gaps in detail or claritysignificance 

 

 

 

 

 

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Secondary SourcesMeets “Proficient” criteria, andDescribes at least two relevantDescribes at least twoDoes not describe at least two15.8
 description of resourcesand appropriate secondarysecondary sources that couldsecondary sources that could 
 demonstrates strongsources that could be used tobe used to research thebe used to research the 
 understanding of informationresearch the historical eventhistorical event, but with gapshistorical event 
 needed to investigate in appropriateness, relevance,  
 foundational historic events or detail  
Primary SourcesMeets “Proficient” criteria, andDescribes at least two relevantDescribes at least two primaryDoes not describe at least two15.8
 description of resourcesand appropriate primarysources that could be used toprimary sources that could be 
 demonstrates strongsources that could be used toresearch the historical event,used to research the historical 
 understanding of informationresearch the historical eventbut with gaps inevent 
 needed to investigate appropriateness, relevance, or  
 foundational historic events detail  
Research QuestionMeets “Proficient” criteria, andDevelops research questionDevelops research questionDoes not develop research15.8
 response demonstrates insightrelated to the selectedrelated to the selectedquestion related to the 
 into connection betweenhistorical event based onhistorical event, but question isselected historical event 
 research and questionreview of primary andnot based on review of  
  secondary sourcesprimary and secondary sources  
AudienceMeets “Proficient” criteria, andIdentifies an audience thatIdentifies an audience thatDoes not identify an audience15.8
 identification of audiencewould be interested in eventwould be interested in eventthat would be interested in 
 demonstrates insight intoand research questionand research question, butevent and research question 
 event and question audience is not appropriate for  
   event and question  
MessageMeets “Proficient” criteria, andDescribes how and whyDescribes how and whyDoes not describe how and15.8
 response demonstratesmessage can be tailored tomessage can be tailored towhy message can be tailored 
 sophisticated understanding ofaudience, providing specificaudience, but with gaps into audience 
 how to effectivelyexamplesexamples  
 communicate with specific    
 audience    
Articulation ofSubmission is free of errorsSubmission has no majorSubmission has major errorsSubmission has critical errors5.2
Responserelated to citations, grammar,errors related to citations,related to citations, grammar,related to citations, grammar, 
 spelling, syntax, andgrammar, spelling, syntax, orspelling, syntax, orspelling, syntax, or 
 organization and is presentedorganizationorganization that negativelyorganization that prevent 
 in a professional and easy-to- impact readability andunderstanding of ideas 
 read format articulation of main ideas  
    Total100%

 

 

 

 

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