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Who Was More Influential in the 1980's: Great Persons or Civil Society?
We resume our analysis.comparison essay of the process of cultural change by examining the 1980s. If you recall, before the OGT Prep Unit, we used the theories underlying the Great Man Continuum to identify and analyze who influenced the 1920's. Now our current task is to use that same lens--the Great Man Continuum--to shed light on who was more influential in the 1980's. The research tasks are structured in the same ways as the 1920's unit.
PART I: We will answer the guiding question--Who influenced the 1980's more: Great Persons or Civil Society?-- in three tasks:
Task One----------------------DESCRIBE YOUR TOPIC ---------------------------Due Monday, March 12th
Each topic includes an association (movement) and an individual.PROMPT: Explain the achievements associated with both parts of your topic. Who and what were altered? Describe why both were significant in the 1980s. Explain the relationship between the individual and the association or movement. Please write two extended power paragraphs to address the above question. Each paragraph should meet the following expectations:
Task One Rubric
  • Support the main idea in each paragraph with evidence from a minimum of 3 credible sources,
  • Select only signed sources from the LC databases--each source must have a credible author.
  • Establish the credibility of the author the first time a source is referenced.
  • Credit sources with internal citations and in a Works Cited.
  • Insert the Works Cited listing the three sources after the Third Task.
  • Post the paragraphs to the wiki March 12th. Timely posts of complete assign = 10 points. Task One = 50 points
Task Two------------------EVALUATE YOUR TOPICS INFLUENCE----------------------Due March 15th
Please write two extended power paragraphs which each cite a minimum of 3 sources--two new credible sources and any one of the three sources used in Task One. PROMPT: Discuss the scope of influence of your topic on the 1980s. How extensive was the influence? Which part of society was influenced? Did the change endure or stimulate additional changes? What is the topic's legacy? What impact did the topic have in the Twenty-First Century. Please write two extended power paragraphs to address all of these questions. Each paragraph should meet the following expectations:
Task Two Rubric
  • Support the main idea in each paragraph with evidence from the 2 new sources, as well as one of the credible sources used in Task One. Each paragraph must cite 3 different sources--2 new, 1 old.
  • Select only signed sources from the LC databases--each source must have a credible author.
  • Establish the credibility of the author the first time a source is referenced. If you credited the source in Task One, you do not need to reestablish credibility, only an internal citation is required.
  • Credit sources with internal citations and in a Works Cited.
  • Respond to all 3 prompts thoroughly and thoughtfully.
  • Insert the two new sources in the Works Cited. Make sure all 5 sources are in alphabetical order.
  • Post the paragraphs to the wiki. Timely posting of completed tasks earn 10 points. Task One = 50 points.

Task Three--JUDGE THE IMPACT OF THE INDIVIDUAL & ASSOCIATIO --Due Mar.26thNow that you have a basic understanding of your topic and know the scope of its influence, explain the forces that produced or created the topic. Additionally, identify the driving forces behind the society's reaction to your topic? Use the criteria described in the the Great Man Continuum to determine your topics long-run influence on society. Place your topic on the continuum and justify the reasons for your placement. Please confine your analysis to two extended power paragraphs with each citing a minimum of three credible sources. Two of the three should be new sources offering expert opinion on your topic's influence. Encyclopedic sources are not acceptable for this task.
PROMPT: Explain the forces that produced or created your topic. Use the four criteria of the Great Man Continuum to analyze the topic's long-run significance in American society. Specifically, (1) describe the significance of the accomplishment, (2) the endurance of the legacy, (3) extent of the topics influence, and (4) impact on daily life of people then and now.

Great Man Criteria
5=long-run
4=wide-spread
3=moderate
2=short run
1=little effect
0=not at all
SIGNIFICANCE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT






ENDURANCE OF LEGACY






EXTENT OF INFLUENCE






IMPACT ON DAILY LIFE







Great Man Continuum

Great --------------------------------------Event Making --------------------------------------Eventful --------------------------------------Social

Men -----------------------------------------Hero -----------------------------------------------Hero -------------------------------Determinism

Task Three Rubric

  • Support the main idea in each paragraph with evidence from the 2 new expert opinion sources, as well as one of the credible sources used in Tasks One or Two. Each paragraph must cite 3 different sources--2 new, 1 old.
  • Select only signed sources from the LC databases--each source must have a credible author.
  • Establish the credibility of the author the first time a source is referenced.
  • Credit sources with internal citations and in a Works Cited
  • Complete Great Man Continuum and Table and justify your placement using the evidence of the 4 criteria
  • Insert the two news sources in the Works Cited. Make sure all 7 sources are in alphabetical order.
  • Post the paragraphs to the wiki. Timely posting of completed tasks earn 10 points. Task One = 50 points.

Need Help Applying the Great Man Theory?
When deciding where a person may fit on the continuum, think about what society was like at the time he/she was famous. Did the person change history because of their personal characteristics, or would history have gone on in a similar way without this person?
Refer to these handouts for additional information:
Civil Society Defined
Great Man Continuum

eed Help Using the Great Man Criteria Table?
Use a scale of 0-to 5 to evaluate the individual’s accomplishments, legacy, influence, and impact.
0=not at all, 1=little effect, 2=short run, 3=moderate, 4=wide-spread, 5=long run

Need Help placing individuals on the Great Man Continuum?
Individuals with high totals, mostly 5’s, should be placed close to Great Men; those with low scores near social determinism.