Buckley Country Day School ~ 7th Grade History


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The Civil War

During their Civil War unit, students in the seventh grade will spend approximately ten days working on a quick, brief research project. They will randomly select an important theme from the War Between the States and investigate its importance. Students will create wiki pages to publish their written essays and display their supporting images. They will also learn how to include primary sources, quotations, and parenthetical citations in their writing.

DUE DATE: IN-CLASS, FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007


Click here for a copy of the project assignment:
Click here for a copy of the grading rubric:
Ace
Alana
A.J.
Alex R.
Alex S.
Allyson
Anam
Andrew
Angela
Benming
Brianna
Charlotte
Courtney
Daniella
Devon
Dimitri
Frank
George
Ianna
James
Kelsey
Kirsten
Matt
Sean
Travis
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT
Each student will randomly choose from the following list of themes. A “theme” is a recurring, unifying idea that helps explain events. These themes cover important aspects of the war and include a variety of events and people:
  • Politics and the Civil War
  • Economics and the Civil War
  • Geography and the Civil War
  • Military and the Civil War
  • Society and the Civil War
  • Technology and the Civil War
In their wiki essays, all students will answer the following questions about their themes. These questions ask for a combination of historical research and independent analysis:
  • What events and people fall under this important theme of the American Civil War?
  • What effect did this theme have on the war and the time period?
  • How does this theme help us understand an important impact of the Civil War?

OVERVIEW
  1. All students will post essays to their own wiki pages.
  2. All essays must include at least 2 quotations, to strengthen the writing and research.
  3. Each student's essay will include a specific reference to a primary source, which must be relevant to the topic and analyzed to explain how it sheds light on the theme.
  4. Each student will also post one image at the top of his or her wiki page. This image will be a photograph, drawing, or map and must be related to the topics discussed in the essay. Beneath the image or map should be a caption, written in the form of a question, that can teach someone else about the topic. The guiding question should lead another student to think more deeply about the image and about how it relates to the overall theme.
  5. All students will schedule all of their homework themselves.
  6. All students will use the on-line “UNITED STATES AT WAR” webpage to conduct their research. Refer to the links below for a complete explanation of the procedure and expectations.
  7. All students should use research journals to avoid accidental plagiarism. The Online Writing Lab has extremely helpful suggestions about how to paraphrase and how to conduct quality research.
  8. All students should include a Works Cited reference at the bottom of their pages, according to the Buckley Style Guide.