DOUCMENT CREATION AND SCORING GUIDE
You must create an e mail, blog entry or personal letter to a friend or family member you do not see on a regular basis. Your written document must contain daily events of a personal nature (typical events of an American teen’s life) and local, state, national and international current events including your opinions and reactions to the events you are witnessing in history. Your document is worth 20 points and is due on _______________________________. For each day your document is late, two points will be deducted from your final score.
Student created an e mail, blog entry or personal letter(style of your document must match name of document) . 3 points
Document contains daily life events. 2points
Document contains current events local events 2 points
state events 2 points
national events 2 points
international events 2 points
All events have a personal connection or commentary. 2 points
All events have details included-more than a passing mention. 6 points
Document has correct spelling and grammar. 1 point
Document is printed out to be graded or handwritten in ink. 1 point
Document style is realistic 2 points
2 point deduction for each day late.
- The lesson will be assessed by completion of the attached document interpretation and question worksheet, participation in class discussion and the student created e mail, blog entry or personal letter. Worksheet and scoring guide attached.
Watts Hays Letter Worksheet
What type of document is this? Chart _____ Speech _____ Letter _____ Report _____ Telegram_____
Statement _____ Diary Excerpt _____ Advertisement _____
Document date (s) _____ Where was it written or created? ____________________
Author __________________ Author’s status or title _______________
For what person is the document intended? _____________________________________________
Why was the document created? ______________________________________________________
Does the author state any opinions? __________
Are the Hays family Northern or Southern sympathizers? How do you know?
What is Mr. Hays’ current occupation?
Why does Margaret claim the newspapers are wrong in what they report?
What did Jayhawkers do to the Hays household on November 20?
How do you know Margaret lied to the Jayhawkers?
How do you know the ninety five Jayhawkers had no plans to harm Margaret or her friend, Mary?
Why did not all of the family belongings get destroyed in the fire?
Why couldn’t Margaret take her salvaged belongings to her friends and neighbors?
Who is Andy? Why did you come to this conclusion?
What events in the letter show Jayhawks in an unflattering or “evil” light?
What personal fear does Margaret express to her parents?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER AND PREPARE
What questions are left unanswered by the letter? What else would you like to know?
What concerns would a citizen have in a border area such as Westport, MO? (modern day Kansas City)
What should the state or national government legal response to events be?
How might a family member respond to this letter?
If you were Margaret, what would you have done? Consider transportation and communication of the time period.
Can you think of other people who have been or currently are confronted with similar events?