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									                   Modern History Historical Investigation Task

                        Preliminary 2 Unit Modern History

Assessment Task: Historical Investigation & Oral Presentation
Weighting: 25%
Due Date: 17th June, 2010 (Week 8, Term 2)

Outcomes to be Assessed:
P.1.1 describe and explain the contribution of key people, groups, events,
      institutions, societies and sites within the historical context
P 2.1 identify historical factors and explain their significance in contributing to
      change and continuity in the ancient world
P 3.1 locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources
P 3.6 plan and present the findings of historical investigations, analysing and
      synthesising information from a range of sources
P 4.2 communicates knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues
      using appropriate written forms

Criteria for Assessment
You will be assessed on your ability to:
   • Locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources
   • Plan a historical investigation, using a Logbook
   • Communicate knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues
       in writing.

TASK
Choose an inquiry question for independent research. It must not substantially overlap
any study being undertaken at Camden High School.

The final written submission will be in three parts.
   1. Essay: an argument (1800 - 2000 words) in response to a precise question
       with evidence in support, the sources of which are acknowledged. It will be in
       written form and contain material from a range of perspectives, including the
       student’s (your) own views. The font is to be Times New Roman, size 12, with
       a word count attached. Consistent footnotes or Harvard referencing should be
       used.
   2. Logbook: This records details of your research. It will need to be handed to
       your teacher for perusal at the beginning of Wk 9, T1 and Wk6 T2
   3. The Bibliography: should contain a consistently formatted alphabetical list of
       all sources used within the project and should have an evaluation of 3 of these
       sources. These should be the three most valuable sources, not exceed 300
       words in total and explain the strengths and weaknesses of each source,
       considering its usefulness and reliability and the reasons it was valuable to the
       project and the central argument of the essay.


   P.C. Brown                                        R Kilpatrick and M Haverfield

   Head Teacher History                                      Modern History Teachers
   INSTRUCTIONS
        • You must plan and conduct your research in the allocated time, both in
          class and at home.
        • You must develop an inquiry question by Week 9 of Term 1, which
          your teacher will endorse when your logbook is signed and dated.
        • An oral presentation of your inquiry response is worth 10% (15%
          written task) and will be given in class during Week 1, Term 3. Time:
          minimum of 4 minutes.



                               Some suggested topics

   •   Why did the genocide in Rwanda occur?
   •   What was the true identity of Jack the Ripper?
   •   Does John Macarthur deserve his reputation in Australian history?
   •   Ned Kelly – hero or villain?
   •   Prohibition in the USA in the 1920’s – why did it lead to an explosion in
       crime?

In using these topics your historical investigation could include:

   •   a case study (see the Modern History syllabus for examples)
   •   aspects of a case study
   •   significant individuals or groups
   •   a thematic study
   •   aspects of everyday life
   •   specific sites and buildings
   •   historical debates
   •   constructions of the past in various media.
                Improvements in Professional Presentation

1. Page Numbers – insert them in your essays using the Insert – Page Numbers
    feature in Word.
2. Check the spelling and grammar of your documents frequently and thoroughly
    before publication. To do this choose Tools – Spelling and Grammar in Word.
    Make sure that the Language (in the same column Tools) selected for Word is
    English (Aus). You will need to do this at the beginning of your work. Once it
    is set it should remain that way unless you trash your preferences or Word
    Settings. The Grammar Checker is a guide but you need to read over your
    work carefully and preferably have at least one other person also do this for
    you. Avoid Americanisms such as center, meter, etc. The correct Australian
    English is centre and metre (measurement).
3. Only centre headings, not entire paragraphs. The body of your work should be
    Left Justified, ie your text should form a straight line on the left margin of
    your page.
4. Capital letters for ALL occurrences of proper nouns ie the names of people,
    places and organizations or specialised objects. Eg t Alexander II, Thera, the
    University of Sydney.
5. Make sure your full name (given and surname) is clearly placed at the front of
    the work, not hidden at the back.
6. Take care with apostrophes. Remember that it’s is an abbreviation for it is and
    is not the possessive case. When using plural words such as shields, don’t use
    apostrophes, again these should only be used for possessive case.
7. Get the meaning of synonyms such as their and there correct.
8. Always use the past tense when talking about historical events.
9. Don’t use the personal pronoun ‘I’, always write in the third person. Eg “I will
    prove in this essay” should read “This essay will prove.”
10. Make sure that all paragraphs are written in continuous prose and that there is
    one character space after each full stop in a paragraph. There should be no
    gaps between sentences other than the one character space.
                           Modern History Preliminary Course 2010
                          Historical Investigation Marking Guidelines

    Student ______________________________________

Criteria                                                                             Mark
    • Demonstrates a well developed ability to locate, select and organise
         information from a comprehensive range of sources
    • Communicates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of
         historical features and issues clearly and coherently in a sophisticated,   9 – 10
         well-structured essay.
    • Use relevant sources to support the response                                     A
    • Provides a comprehensive annotated bibliography

    •    Demonstrates an ability to locate, select and organise information from a
         substantial range of sources
    •    Logbook is reflective of much of the research process                       7–8
    •    Communicates a range of knowledge and understanding of historical
         features and issues in a generally, well-structured essay.                    B
    •    Use sources to support the response
    •    Provides a detailed annotated bibliography

    •    Demonstrates some ability to locate, select and organise information
         from a range of sources
    •    Logbook is descriptive of the full research process                         5–6
    •    Communicates a description of historical features and some issues,
         possible with a lack of consistent structure.                                 C
    •    Use some sources to support the response
    •    Provides an annotated bibliography
    •
    •    Attempts to locate, select and organise information from a limited range
         of sources
    •    Logbook attempts some simple description of part of the research            3–4
         process
    •    Presents a partially structured simple description of some historical         D
         features of the Historical Investigation.
    •    May refer to sources to support the response
    •    Provides a bibliography

    •    Limited attempt to locate and select information using one or two
         sources
    •    Logbook is limited to a few simple statements about the Historical          1–2
         Investigation.
    •    Presents an unstructured text limited to a few disjointed descriptive         E
         statements about the Historical Investigation.

                                     Mark in Task



    Comment:


Teacher’s signature ___________________________________________________
                      Modern History Preliminary Course 2010
                          Logbook Marking Guidelines

   Student ______________________________________

Criteria                                                                Mark

   Logbook is detailed and critically reflective of the full research   4–5
   process

   Logbook is reflective of much of the research process                2–3


   Logbook is descriptive of the full research process                  1–2

                             Mark in Task


   Comment:




Teacher’s signature ___________________________________________________
                     Modern History Preliminary Course 2010
                      Oral Presentation Marking Guidelines

   Student ______________________________________

Criteria                                     Mark
    • Detailed & analytical knowledge of
        topic
    • Detailed references to sources,
        particularly ancient sources
    • Excellent use of palm cards, a clear
        voice & eye contact in order to                9-10
        actively engage the audience
    • References to the processes used in
        the Historical Investigation
    • Detailed knowledge of topic
    • References to sources, particularly
        ancient sources
    • Use of palm cards, a clear voice &                7-8
        eye contact in order to engage the
        audience
    • Some references to the processes
        used in the Historical Investigation
    • Sound knowledge of topic
    • Some references to sources
    • Use of palm cards, a clear voice &                5-6
        some eye contact in order to engage
        the audience
    • May refer to the processes used in
        the Historical Investigation
    • Some basic evidence addressed to
        the topic.
    • Minimal relationship with the                     3-4
        audience.
    • A basic understanding of the topic
        only
    • A few basic facts provided in an                  1-2
        unrehearsed fashion
                 Mark in Task

   Comment:


Teacher’s signature ___________________________________________________

								
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