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 Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Historical Event Meets “Proficient” criteria, and Describes selected historical Describes selected historical Does not describe selected 15.8
  description is exceptionally event and its significance event and its significance, but historical event and its  
  clear and contextualized   with gaps in detail or clarity significance  

 

 

 

 

 

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Secondary Sources Meets “Proficient” criteria, and Describes at least two relevant Describes at least two Does not describe at least two 15.8
  description of resources and appropriate secondary secondary sources that could secondary sources that could  
  demonstrates strong sources that could be used to be used to research the be used to research the  
  understanding of information research the historical event historical event, but with gaps historical event  
  needed to investigate   in appropriateness, relevance,    
  foundational historic events   or detail    
Primary Sources Meets “Proficient” criteria, and Describes at least two relevant Describes at least two primary Does not describe at least two 15.8
  description of resources and appropriate primary sources that could be used to primary sources that could be  
  demonstrates strong sources that could be used to research the historical event, used to research the historical  
  understanding of information research the historical event but with gaps in event  
  needed to investigate   appropriateness, relevance, or    
  foundational historic events   detail    
Research Question Meets “Proficient” criteria, and Develops research question Develops research question Does not develop research 15.8
  response demonstrates insight related to the selected related to the selected question related to the  
  into connection between historical event based on historical event, but question is selected historical event  
  research and question review of primary and not based on review of    
    secondary sources primary and secondary sources    
Audience Meets “Proficient” criteria, and Identifies an audience that Identifies an audience that Does not identify an audience 15.8
  identification of audience would be interested in event would be interested in event that would be interested in  
  demonstrates insight into and research question and research question, but event and research question  
  event and question   audience is not appropriate for    
      event and question    
Message Meets “Proficient” criteria, and Describes how and why Describes how and why Does not describe how and 15.8
  response demonstrates message can be tailored to message can be tailored to why message can be tailored  
  sophisticated understanding of audience, providing specific audience, but with gaps in to audience  
  how to effectively examples examples    
  communicate with specific        
  audience        
Articulation of Submission is free of errors Submission has no major Submission has major errors Submission has critical errors 5.2
Response related to citations, grammar, errors related to citations, related to citations, grammar, related to citations, grammar,  
  spelling, syntax, and grammar, spelling, syntax, or spelling, syntax, or spelling, syntax, or  
  organization and is presented organization organization that negatively organization that prevent  
  in a professional and easy-to-   impact readability and understanding of ideas  
  read format   articulation of main ideas    
        Total 100%

 

 

 

 

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