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Introduction

As we have studied, African-American history is rich and full of those who were determined to change their lives, the country, and the world.  Whether it was during the slavery era where people were fighting for their lives, during the civil rights movement where people were fighting for a change, or whether its during present time when prejudice and bigotry are still a major force, African-Americans have shaped and continue to shape history and literature.  Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost leaders in this explosive demand for change, and is often recognized for his achievements and contributions.  Below is an assignment that allows you to explore Douglass' world as well as the others we have studied and how times have changed... and then again, how they have not.

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Task

After seeing the Frederick Douglas power point in class, you will read at least three articles from the Library of Congress about Frederick Douglas and then write a five paragraph essay. Your essay will compare and contrast what you learned from the articles and the power point to the accomplishments of one of the other African Americans we have discussed in class.

 

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Process

First, you will have to investigate the resources below that were found in the Library of Congress.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

"Expression in Memoriam" for the death of Frederick Douglas

Frederick Douglas Timeline

Second, using the information from the power point and the sources above compare and contrast Frederick Douglas with on of the other African Americans we have discussed in class. While brainstorming about this remember to use the compare/contrast diagram we discussed in class.

Third, Generate an outline for your five paragraph essay.

Finally, start writing, rewrite, and edit. Use the rubric below to make sure you have everything you need for a quality essay.

 

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Evaluation of the webquest and 5 paragraph essay

CATEGORY

9 to 10 points

7 to 8 points

5 to 6 points

3 to 4 points

Graphic Organizer

Graphic organizer or outline has been completed and shows clear, logical relationships between all topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has been completed and shows clear, logical relationships between most topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has been started and includes some topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has not been attempted.

Paragraph Construction

All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well.

Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.

Introduction

Information in the introduction clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the introduction clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the introduction clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information in the introduction has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

 2nd paragraph

Information in the 2nd paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the 2nd paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the 2nd paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information in the 2nd paragraph has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

3rd paragraph

Information in the 3rd paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the 3rd paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the 3rd paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information in the 3rd paragraph has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

4th paragraph

Information in the 4th paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the 4th paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the 4th paragraph clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information in the 4th paragraph has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Conclusion

Information in the conclusion clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the conclusion clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information in the conclusion clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information in the conclusion has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Internet Use

Successfully uses suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Usually able to use suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Occasionally able to use suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Needs assistance or supervision to use suggested internet links and/or to navigate within these sites.

Mechanics

No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors.

Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Sources

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the desired format.

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format.

All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format.

Some sources are not accurately documented.

Total Points:_____

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Conclusion

This exercise should have enlightened you in :

1) understanding the important contributions of African Americans to this country and to the world

2) gathering important sources to help create a factual essay

3) how useful the Library of Congress is

 

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Teacher's Page

Overall, this webquest is an easy way to get students involved and excited about researching and writing. I have not given this project to my students yet so I'm not able to comment on how well it went yet. I hope that other teachers viewing this webquest can use all or parts of the information I found at the Library of Congress.

 

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