Summative Performance Task & Tool Harwood Union History Department
Your Challenging Task:
Answer a historical question in a formal academic essay using ample evidence from multiple sources.
Your Learning Target:
I can uses evidence from multiple sources to make a strong argument on an historical question or debate.
What is your Historical Question?
What RESOURCES will you mine for evidence?
- 5 paragraph essay format, though you may have more than 5 paragraphs.
- Introduction with a hook, topic sentence, and a clear and compelling thesis statement (your main point!)
- Body Paragraphs which each make specific, powerful points – BIG Punches!
- A conclusion that summarizes your point of view and makes a final and original statement.
- Length – Between 3-6 pages (750-1500 words)
- Typed using Times New Roman 12pt Font, Double Spaced
- MLA formatted Citations and Works Cited page at the end of your essay
Place a square around where you think you are right now for each of the Writing Elements below. You may circle elements in more than one column.
|Just Getting Started -1-
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Ultimate Intro Video
|I am learning how to develop an effective introduction, or I am learning more about the topic.
|I have written at least one introduction and am making changes based on feedback provided by my peers, teacher, writing lab or other person.
|I can write an introduction that includes a hook, an explanation of the topic, and a well qualified thesis statement.
|I can write an introduction that provides an engaging hook, a clear explanation of the topic, and a strong, well qualified, and sophisticated thesis statement, which addresses all of the main parts of my essay.
|Use of evidence and citations
Hey Girls! Video
|I am learning how to locate and properly cite the evidence I will use in my essay.
|I have used some evidence to back up my claims. I have received feedback on the quality and quantity of my evidence and I am working on strengthening my argument further.
|I can adequately support my claims with valid evidence from multiple sources that are properly cited.
|I can fully support all of my claims with strong, compelling evidence from reliable sources that are all properly cited.
|Analysis and Persuasion
From the Brits Video
|I am learning more about the topic so I can begin to form my own arguments(s).
|I am working on making my arguments more persuasive by responding to feedback I’ve received from other competent people.
|I can effectively argue my point of view by providing relevant background information, and using valid examples.
|I can convincingly argue my point of view by providing relevant background information, using valid examples, acknowledging counter-claims, and developing claims — all in a clear and organized fashion.
|Use of Language
Effective Essay Video
|I am learning more about the use of language, organization, transitions, and the proper structure of a 5-paragraph essay.
|I am making revisions to my essay in response to feedback I’ve received by other people. I am working on improving my word choices, organization, transitions, grammar, spelling and/or punctuation.
|I can use effective language with logical organization and smooth transitions to engage the reader. I use language, style and tone appropriately and the essay features generally correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
|I can use strong, original language that is highly engaging, flows well, and is well organized. I use language, style and tone appropriate to its purpose and the essay features correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Links for Help
Time to Write Vid
|I am learning how to create a powerful conclusion.
|I am working on making my conclusion more powerful by responding to the feedback I’ve received from other competent people.
|My conclusion ties all of my ideas together in a clear and concise way and reminds readers about the importance of this topic. My conclusion may also raise new questions or make new connections to other time periods, topics, etc.
|My conclusion ties all of my ideas together seamlessly and ends with strong statement that reminds readers about the importance of this topic. My conclusion also raises new questions and/or makes new connections to other time periods, topics, etc.
Need some inspiration – check out this Essay Writing Music!
2) What is the #1 thing I can do to help you get started?
Learning Roadmap developed from the following sources:
New York Times Student Editorial Writing Contest Rubric Developed by the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook College. – http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/learning/pdf/2015/LearningNetwork_StudentEditorialContestRubric2015.pdf
Historical Essay Learning Scales developed by Adam Sargent
American Studies Writing Targets and Scales: Core Skills developed by Tedin Lange and Rob MacLeod –