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Essential Question:
REVOLUTION, REACTION, REFORM--UA History Day Schedule: Thursday, May 24th SCHEDULE--FINALDocumentary Instructions and Dues Date
Thursday, May 3rd Post Memo 8; Copy Memos to Position Paper wiki
Friday, May 4th Work on Proposal in class
Monday, May 7th Proposal is Due
May 8th-May 11th Develop StoryboardWednesday, May 16th - all the following are
  • Polished Position Papers and
  • Annotated Bibliography, both, posted to NHD Database --click for posting directions
  • WIW Receipt--submit to Mrs Sidor

Monday, May 21st DVD of Documentaries Competing for Winner Circle--due
Wednesday, May 23rd DVD of all Documentaries are dueThursday , May 24th is Exhibition Day



Position Paper Instructions and Due Dates

MEMO I: TOPIC PROPOSAL......................................................due Thursday, April 5th

Part 1. Identify and explain the problem created by a revolution. Organize your description in an extended power paragraph and cite evidence from two credible sources. Create an annotation for each source. Post the annotations at the bottom of this page. Annotated Bibliography Guide

Part 2. Develop a research question that customizes the essential question to your topic. The question should raise a controversy or conflict.

Part 3. Develop a thesis statement that answers the research question by recommending how society should address this issue or problem.

MEMO 2: Explain the Revolution and the Controversy or Problem that has resulted.......April 10th.

I. ORGANIZE MEMO 2 in the following way:
A. Set up in Memo Format:
Date:
To:
From:
Subject: MEMO 2: Concisely state the issue, controversy or problem

B. Post memos in chronological order:
MEMO 2 should be posted after MEMO 1; Annotated Bibliography remains at the end of page.

C. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: MEMO 2 should cite 3 sources. You may use the 2 sources cited in Memo 1 and a new source. Prepare a Citation for the 3rd source and post it at the end of this page.
The sources should be arranged in alphabetical order.

II. THE CONTENT EXPECTATIONS for MEMO 2 should include the following:
  • Explain the revolution.
  • Clearly identify the issue, controversy or problem.
  • Describe who and what is impacted by the revolution.
  • Explain significant reactions to the revolution.
  • Describe the extent of the reaction—gender, generational, regional, national, etc.
  • Offer evidence from three sources to support you ideas,
  • Develop big ideas in separate paragraphs.
  • Use meaningful transitional phrases to link paragraphs.
  • Credit sources with internal citations. (Author’s last name page#)

MEMO 3: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND..............................................due Friday, April 13th
I. Organize Memo 3
A. Set up in Memo Format:
Date:
To:
From:
Subject: MEMO 3: Concisely state the issue, controversy or problem.
B. Post memos in chronological order: MEMO 3 should be posted after MEMO 2; Annotated Bibliography remains at the end of page. MEMO 3 should cite 4 sources. Develop extended power paragraphs with at least 3 sources each. Do Not cite the same source twice in the same paragraph. You may use the 2 sources cited in Memos 1 and 2, but you need two new sources that focus on the history of the conflict.
C. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Prepare a Citation for the 4th and 5th sources and
arranged in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page

Rubric for Memo 3: Historical Background of the Controversy or Problem
A quality MEMO 3 will
MEANING
•Establish the extent and significance of the conflict in the past,
•Identify the circumstances that produced the controversy or problem
•Describe how earlier generations addressed this conflict,
•Explain why past solutions failed or only addressed part of the problem,
•Explain why the problem continues to be significant today,
•Offer compelling evidence to support you ideas.
•Establish the credibility of the two new sources and cited them internally.

ORDER
•ideas are organized logically,
at least 3 different sources cited in each extended power paragraph,
•commentary sentence explains why the evidence supports your ideas,
•transitional words and phrases connect different points and paragraphs.
•ideas are explained clearly and concisely, (edit for awkwardness or repetition).


MEMO 4: State your position (thesis)........benefits due Wednesday, April 18th
A. Set up in Memo Format:
Date:
To:
From:
Subject: MEMO 4: Succinctly state your thesis, position or answer to the essential question.

B. Post memos in chronological order: You need 3 new sources offering evidence of the benefits of your position.

C. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Prepare a Citation for the 3 new sources and
arranged in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page

A quality MEMO 4 meets the following rubric expectations:
(MEANING)
  • Succinctly state your position or recommendation (thesis statement) for addressing the controversy or conflict,
  • Explain how your position (thesis) addresses your Research Question (Memo 1) and the Project Question "How does revolution change society?
  • Explain how your position is implemented or put into effect,
  • Describe how it will reduce the problem or controversy described in Memo 2.
  • Clearly state the benefits of your position or recommendation,
  • Explain why it will achieve more successful outcomes than the solutions attempted in the past and described in Memo 3.

(ORDER)
•ideas are organized logically,
•at least 3 different sources cited in each extended power paragraph,
•commentary sentence explains why the evidence supports your ideas,
•transitional words and phrases connect different points and paragraphs.
•ideas are explained clearly and concisely, (edit for awkwardness or repetition).


MEMOs 5,6, 7: ARGUMENTS ..............................Memo 5 due Monday, April 23
A. Set up in Memo Format:Date:To:From:Subject: MEMO 5: Develop the first argument to your position.B. Post memos in chronological order: You need ONE new source offering evidence of your OPPONENT's position.C. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Post citation for the new source and arranged in alphabetical order bellow.
D. ORGANIZATION of Argument
The opponents’ objections are the core of each argument. Select the three strongest criticisms saving the toughest for last. Construct each argument as follows.

1. Each paragraph begins with a clear explanation of the opponent’s objection to your position. Specify who the opponents are and provide evidence to clarify their concerns. Remember, your argument is a rebuttal to the opponent’s objections, so this part cannot be vague or ambiguous.

2. Prove that your opponent’s fears are unfounded or shortsighted or a necessary evil by carefully refuting each concern with reason and evidence. This is the most important part of the paper. Be sure you respond completely to the opponent’s objections. Make admissions where you have to but show how your opponents’ criticisms are not as far-reaching as they assume.
Explain how your position will rectify the situation and provide lasting benefits. Reason and evidence must be used to explain why your position is desirable.

A quality MEMO 5 meets the following rubric expectations:
MEANING•Concisely describe an OBJECTION to your POSITION•Specify who the opponents are•Provide evidence that precisely clarifies the opponent's objections to your opinion.•Specifically REBUT the objection to your position,•Prove that your opponent’s fears are unfounded or shortsighted or a necessary evil by carefully refuting each concern with reason and evidence that backs up your rebuttal,•Respond completely to the opponent’s objections.•REAFFIRM your POSITION.•Explain how your position will rectify the situation and provide lasting benefits,•Reason and evidence is used to explain why your position is the most desirable strategy.

ORDER•clear topic sentence raises the significance of the conflict or problem,•ideas are organized logically,•different ideas developed in separate power paragraphs,•credible evidence provides supporting details,•commentary sentence explains why the evidence supports your ideas,•transitional words and phrases connect different points and paragraphs.

LANGUAGE•clear diction and sentence variety,•metaphors, allusions, vocabulary, and examples engage the audience,•ideas are explained clearly and concisely, (no awkwardness or repetition)

MEMO 8: Summary and Call to Action
The closing paragraph will contain the following parts:

1. Remind your reader that you defended your position effectively against three popular challenges (the opponents in Memos 5,6,7).

2. Recall the urgency of the issue (Memo 2) and the benefits of your position (Memo 4).

3. Call the reader to action or urge the reader to support your position.

4. Close the paragraph with an emotional quote that challenges the reader to act or support your position.


Rubric for CALL TO ACTION (MEMO 8)
MEANING
•Remind your reader that you defended your position effectively against three popular challenges.
•Recall the urgency of the issue and the benefits of your position.
•Call the reader to action--urge the reader to support your position.
(An emotional anecdote or inspiring quote is a nice closing.)
•Offer compelling evidence to support you ideas,

ORDER
•clear topic sentence raises the significance of the conflict or problem,
•ideas are organized logically,
•different ideas developed in separate power paragraphs,
•credible evidence provides supporting details,
•commentary sentence explains why the evidence supports your ideas,
•transitional words and phrases connect different points and paragraphs.

LANGUAGE
•clear diction and sentence variety,
•metaphors, allusions, vocabulary, and examples engage the audience,
•ideas are explained clearly and concisely, (no awkwardness or repetition).




ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
POST Annotated Citations here.