Eulogy of an Explorer by X7WD8Y04

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									                  Grade 8 Social Studies Performance Assessment Task
                                  Eulogy of an Explorer

In your Renaissance country, a great tragedy has occurred. One of your national heroes, a famous and
tremendous explorer has died. Thanks to your knowledge of the Renaissance world, trade, and your way
with words, the king (or queen if you are English), has requested that you present the eulogy at the funeral
of this national treasure.

You decide that the best way to honour your chosen explorer is to do ALL of the following:
   1. Provide the basics of their life
   2. Describe their discoveries and worldwide explorations
   3. Explain how their discoveries and exploration changed the Renaissance world
   4. Identify their motivations for exploring the world (did they believe in increased trade,
      expansionism, slavery, etc.?)
   5. Identify and describe how their intercultural experiences changed the way Europeans viewed the
      world

The king expects that your eulogy will cover the importance of the explorer’s life and will adequately
honour their impact on the European world so you need to ensure that your speech is well-written with
correct spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

You may choose from the following list of Renaissance explorers to write a eulogy for.

Ferdinand Magellan
Christopher Columbus
 John Cabot
Jacques Cartier
Henry the Navigator
Vasco de Gama
Hernando de Soto
Henry Hudson
Samuel de Champlain
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Francis Drake
Francisco Pizarro
                                           Grade 8 Social Studies
                                      Performance Assessment: Rubric

                                         Eulogy of an Explorer
Student
 Criteria\Level           4                   3                  2                  1          Insufficient/Blank
                      Excellent          Proficient         Adequate            Limited
 Describes the    Provides a          Provides a         Provides a         Provides an        No score is awarded
  factors that    comprehensive       substantial        rudimentary        undeveloped        because there is
                                                                                               insufficient evidence
     affect       description of      description of     description of     description of     of student
   worldview      the explorer’s      the explorer’s     the explorer’s     the explorer’s     performance based
    (8.2.4.2,     affect on           affect on          affect on          affect on          on the requirements
    8.2.4.5)      worldview.          worldview.         worldview.         worldview.         of the assessment
                                                                                               task.
 Describe the      Provides an        Provides a         Provides an        Provides a
motivations of     insightful         thoughtful         adequate           trivial
your explorer      explanation of     explanation of     explanation of     explanation of
on the Age of      the reasons for    the reasons for    the reasons for    the reasons for
  Discovery        the person to      the person to      the person to      the person to
   (8.2.4.6,       explore and the    explore and the    explore and the    explore and the
   8.2.4.7)        way they           way they           way they           way they
                   changed the        changed the        changed the        changed the
                   European           European           European           European
                   world.             world.             world.             world.
  Develops and Combines               Combines           Combines           Combines
     supports      information        information        information        information
     position      from research      from research      from research      from research
(8.S.7.2, 8.S.7.5, to create a        to create a        to create a        to create a
     8.S.7.13)     perceptive         convincing         simplistic         vague position
                   position based     position based     position based     based on weak
                   on significant     on relevant        on general         evidence.
                   evidence.          evidence.          evidence.
 Communicates Communicates            Communicates       Communicates       Communicates
   information     information in a   information in a   information in a   information in
     (8.S.8.1)     compelling         purposeful         straight-          an ineffective
                   manner to          manner to          forward            manner that
                   engage the         interest the       manner that        does little to
                   audience.          audience.          generally holds    sustain the
                                                         the attention of   attention of the
                                                         the audience.      audience.

								
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