English 11 and U.S. History Research Paper - Cause of Effect
These documents contain the materials you will need to complete a research multi-disciplinary research project on topics related to The Great Depression.
Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files are included.
1. Great Depression and U.S. History Research Paper Directions – This is a two page document that provides the details of the assignment. This document contains dates that I have used in the past. You will want to change these, but I left them for your reference.
2. Great Depression Topic List – A list of topics that I have used with students in the past. All of the topics center (generally, but not absolutely) around The Great Depression. These topics were generated with the help of U.S. History teachers, in consultation with NYS Standards.
3. Sample Calendar – The calendar outlines daily deadlines for students, including when specific pieces of the assignment will be graded.
4. Source Information Sheets – This is a Word document that reminds students to complete their MLA source citations. It is a table containing four reminder sheets so that students can use one for each of their sources.
5. Research Paper Checklist English 11 – For Students – I ask students to complete this checklist before turning in their papers. In theory, it prevents me from repeating myself 20 times in a single class!
6. 5 Point Rubric with Cover Sheet – The five point rubric makes scoring less painful. It is very specific in order provide as much consistency as possible. I use the rubric collaboratively with a history teacher. The history teacher grades for ideas and content, and I grade for everything else. I recommend using fractions of points, when scoring, if desirable.
I copy the rubric onto the back of the rubric cover sheet which provides specific weights for each category on the rubric. This is the reason that I recommend using fractions of points on the rubric, as a deduction of 1 point can convert to several points when scoring is finished. My colleague and I will go right down to a tenth of a point, if we feel that is what is fair. Also, on the rubric cover sheet is a place for additional comments and progress grades.
7. Research Questions and Note Cards PowerPoint Presentation – This presentation is about creating note cards. I use it with my students. I also make copies for them, with the speaker’s notes, to use as reference.
8. Checkpoint Spreadsheet – I use this Excel spreadsheet for keeping track of student progress as a class. I choose each year whether to use this Excel spreadsheet to keep track of progress as a class OR the Word document listed below to keep track of students individually.
9. Individual Student Progress Tracking Sheets – This is a Word document for keeping track of student progress by individual student. I either use this Word document OR the Excel spreadsheet described above. I do NOT use both in the same year. This individual student sheet is helpful, especially if parents might want to check on their child’s progress during or after the project.
10. A Note on Grading – This document explains how I approach grading with this project.