What Is American History Essay Contests

DAR Topic 2017-18

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR

"World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars"

Topic:

The end of World War I was the beginning of a new age.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  Imagine you are living in 1918.  State where you are living and how the end of the war will impact your daily life.  Discuss the pros and cons of the changes this War introduced to society and how you imagine those changes will impact the US in the years to come.

Rough Drafts should be completed the week of October 6, 2017

Final Due Date: November 3, 2017

Research sites for information to get you going:

Crash Course in WWI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y59wErqg4Xg

Results of WWI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tabVEbEX9Zg

History.com World War I video

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history/videos/the-us-in-world-war-i

History.com World War I Legacy of the War video

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history/videos/legacy-of-world-war-i?m=528e394da93ae&s=undefined&f=1&free=false

PBS - The Great War: American Experience (You have to use a membership to view this video)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/great-war/

America's Homefront During WWI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66-pY98Ltfk

YouTube Videos about WW1 Propaganda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t_Gwo3M-uc

The Atlantic - WWI Issue (Thank you for guiding me here, Tod!)

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/toc/2014/08/

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/categories/world-war-i/

Effects of WWI on America - Historama

http://www.american-historama.org/1913-1928-ww1-prohibition-era/impact-ww1-on-america.htm

National Archives - WWI Centennial

https://www.archives.gov/topics/wwi#event-/timeline/item/archduke-assassination

World War 1 - Primary Sources - Docs Teach

https://www.docsteach.org/topics/wwi

PBS Newshour - How does WWI impact the US today?

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/wwi-impact-on-us-today/

From Syria to Black Lives Matter - Three ways WWI impacts America today

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/09/us/3-ways-wwi-shapes-america/index.html

WWI Propaganda Slides

https://www.slideshare.net/history_teacher25/us-wwi-propaganda

Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/homefront/resources.html

https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/wwi/wwi.html

Lots of links and information at the Library of Congress site... 

Find Primary Sources for your research

http://www.shsulibraryguides.org/c.php?g=154845&p=1016068

Women in War

https://www.nwhm.org/articles/lady-hell-cats-women-marines-world-war-i

Effects of WWI on America

http://www.american-historama.org/1913-1928-ww1-prohibition-era/impact-ww1-on-america.htm

http://www.markedbyteachers.com/as-and-a-level/history/in-what-ways-did-world-war-one-impact-american-society-1.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/world-war-i-the-war-that-changed-everything-1403300393

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/08/how-the-great-war-shaped-the-world/373468/

Great article on effects of war - and on children

http://www.pbs.org/thewar/at_home_family.htm

How War Changed the role of Women in America

http://teachersinstitute.yale.edu/curriculum/units/2002/3/02.03.09.x.html

The Week.com - The Women of World War 1

http://theweek.com/captured/690302/women-world-war

Impact of WWI on Virginia

http://www.richmond.com/discover-richmond/a-century-ago-world-war-i-put-virginia-in-motion/article_0ba9d1a6-8df2-5032-8829-3a5f036fc612.html

Virginia Women and the First World War

https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/WomenofWWI.pdf

Richmond Times Dispatch WWI and Virginia's Role

http://www.richmond.com/news/years-ago-the-united-states-entered-wwi-and-virginia-played/article_2cf74f48-a157-5470-a3d3-e0b212f6f6d1.html


I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning:

  • Where are you “living”?
  • Have you or anyone in your “family” been directly involved in the Great War or the War Efforts on the homefront?
  • Did anything (an event of the war, loss of finances, women taking on jobs, loss of property, new industry, having to move, propaganda, etc.) during the war impact your daily life?
  • What were some positive changes that happened in America because of the Great War?
  • What were some negative changes that happened in America because of the Great War?
  • Do you think any of these changes will impact America, or the world, in years to come?
  • What are your plans moving forward from 1918?

Remember this is in Google Classrooms to organize for your pre-planning.  Ask Ms. Martin for the Class Code to access it online for you to type on it.


Writing the Bibliography can be tricky... students need to retain information from the resources they use to take notes. Then, they can format their bibliographies.

http://www.aresearchguide.com/12biblio.html

http://qofp.com/links_bio.htm

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/t8biblio.html

There are a lot more pages out there to help with Bibliographies, but these should get you started and keep you on track.

Here are some Bibliography Generators - put your information into it and they will generate your format:

•Citation Machine:

http://www.citationmachine.net/mla/cite-a-book

•BibMe:

http://www.bibme.org/

•EasyBib

http://www.easybib.com/

Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt

http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/jenniferharris2/502/scavenger.html

Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)

https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism?q=plagiarism&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Search&utm_term=plagiarism&matchtype=p

Sample for Title Page:


“World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars”

Name

Address

Hopewell, VA 23860

Phone

email

Carter G. Woodson Middle School

Grade X

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR

xxx words

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Rubric for DAR Essay

Category

Title Page

  • Title of Topic – “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars”
  • Contestant’s full name, address, phone, email
  • Contestant’s Grade level
  • Name of sponsoring DAR Chapter
  • Number of words in essay (600-1000)

Bibliography

  • At least 3 Sources
  • Sources are formatted correctly

Essay

Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes where you are living

Stayed on topic - the student describes how the end of the war will impact their daily life

Includes pros and cons of the changes the Great War introduced to society

Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)

Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage

Correct grammar throughout (verb tenses the same)

The student discusses how they imagine those changes will impact the US in years to come

*** Remember this paper is taking place AFTER THE WAR HAS ENDED! You are discussing changes the war brought after it has ENDED. 

All Essays 600-1000 words

Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink

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