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SPRING BREAK PROJECT

Dear Students and Parents,

 

    I am writing to inform you that I, Ms. Drinks, will be assigning a Social Studies project to be completed over Spring Break. I know that this period of time is usually set aside for students to disconnect from school and relax, but with our yearly PSSA testing occurring directly after break ends, I want to ensure that our students stay in an academic mindset throughout the break. This project should by no means take up a majority of the break to complete, but it should take a fair amount of thought and effort. Students will be informed of the objective, completion requirements, and grading rubric prior to the start of break so that all parts of the project are understood and able to be completed independently. I thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in making sure that our students continue to put their best foot forward! For your knowledge, the requirements and grading will be shown below:

 

Assignment (APRIL 15TH-APRIL 19TH)

For each WEEKDAY date during spring break, research a significant historical event in World History that happened on that day. For example, the first day of spring break is April 15; identify and research an important event that happened on April 15 of some year in history. It does not matter what year the event occurred, where the event occurred, or to whom it occurred. Just make sure the event is a historically important event, and that you choose an event for each weekday of spring break. Once you have events for each day selected, you are to create a 2-paragraph write-up of each. The first paragraph must be a summary of the event. The second paragraph must be explain why the event is significant. For example:

Today’s Date: April 9, 2019

Historical Event Date: April 9, 1731

Historical Event: British Captain Robert Jenkin loses ear by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean

One Paragraph Summary:  In the mid 1700’s, Britain and Spain fought over goods and slaves in America. In 1731, Caribbean Captain Juan de Leon Frandino bordered Robert Jenkins ship, Rebecca, and harassed him and his crew. While on the ship, Frandino tied Jenkins up and cut off his ear as a threat. Following after, in 1738, Jenkins later testified and declared war on Spain. Later, the war was renamed “ War of Jenkin’s Ear” by Prime Minister Robert Walpole.

 

Second Paragraph: This event is important to history because in pre-colonial times all Europeans were fighting over American soil. This particular event is important because it caused an unnecessary war, having a negative impact on Native Americans. In the 1700’s while Europeans were at war, the Native Americans were the people losing out. For example, Native Americans often lost their homes, land, and freedom because of the war. Also, in order to survive many had to pick an alliance to be protected. The war of Jenkins’ Ear caused much hurt and pain because a specific group of people wanted to be greedy and obtain wealth.  

Criteria:

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Organization

Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.

Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs.

Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed.

The information appears to be disorganized. 8)

Paragraph Construction

All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well.

Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.

Quality of Information

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Sources

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the desired format.

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format.

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format.

Some sources are not accurately documented.

 

Resources:

    The following are good, valid resources for finding important historical events for any date in history:

    https://www.onthisday.com/today/events.php

    https://www.historynet.com/today-in-history

    https://www.timeanddate.com/on-this-day/

 

*Please note WIKIPEDIA IS NOT AN OPTION

*WORK CITED REQUIRED

Work Cited Example: Authors last name, first name. “Title of Article”. Publisher of Website, Date of Publication. Your Access Date. URL  



 

Ms. Drinks