Congratulations on choosing Honors World History! With an Honors class, you are expected to complete a summer reading assignment. This year’s summer reading assignment consists of reading and writing about five current events that happen during your summer break.
**DUE: First Day of School, 2018**
1. You must read two articles each about five different current events and complete one write-up per event.
2. Each write up must be one-page, typed, Times New Roman, 12 pt font, and double-spaced. Use the template on the next page to ensure you include each element.
3. Attach a copy of the articles for each event.
4. You must use two different sources from which to get your articles for each event (ex: one from cnn.com and one from the Seattle Times). You must use at least three different sources overall across all five current events you research.
Use the News, World or World News sections of the websites & newspapers. Avoid events or articles focused on celebrities, sports, or events that only affect the United States.
5. The source of at least one article per event must be published within one week of the event itself. Avoid articles that are short/incomplete or clearly based only on someone’s opinion, like an editorial.
6. Proofread and watch your grammar, punctuation and language use. Use formal language and tone.
7. You may choose to follow a specific event as it unfolds over the course of the summer instead of five completely separate events, but this may not always work. Email me to get confirmation before you get too far.
8. You must use MLA formatting to cite each source in your write-up
Summarize each article in five sentences or less combined.
Compare the similarities and differences between how the event is described in the two different sources and by the two different authors. What is the intended effect of the way in which the event is reported? What creates the effect (words or phrases, details included or left out, who is shown as a hero or a villain)? Why does each article develop this stance?
Connect what you learned about this event to a bigger idea that we will research this year (see second page). Develop an opinion about this topic based on the event and what you learned. Use evidence from the two articles you read to support and explain your thinking.
World History - Summer Assignment 1 – Current Events - Rubric
I chose two articles around the same event from two different sources. At least one article was published within one week of the event. The articles showed different views or bias that I found interesting.
I chose two articles around the same event from two different sources. At least one article was published within one week of the event. The views of the writers were similar enough that they were challenging to compare at times.
I chose two articles around the same event from two similar sources. The articles may be published after the one-week limit. The writing was similar enough that they were challenging to compare.
The two articles I chose were from the same news outlet or very similarly written. There wasn’t much to compare.
My summary includes information from both articles. I use no more than five sentences to explain the event I researched. The event is explained thoroughly and clearly.
My summary includes information from both articles. I use no more than five sentences to explain the event I researched.
My summary includes information from both articles. My explanation is confusing to someone who doesn’t already know about the event.
My summary is noticeably too long or lacking important details. It may only reference one of the articles directly.
I identified a variety of elements in each article that writers use to influence their readers. I examined and explained the effect of these strategies completely.
I identified a variety of elements in each article that writers use to influence their readers. I began to explain the effects and effectiveness of each strategy.
I noticed a limited amount/types of strategies the writer used. My explanation began to explore the effects on the reader.
I only noticed one strategy that the writers used in each article. I didn’t know how to identify the effect or how to explain what I was thinking.
I relate this event to a major concept in World History and explain the connection clearly. I state my opinion on the topic and use evidence from both articles to help show my point. I explain my thinking around this evidence so that my ideas are clear to anyone reading my work.
I relate this event to a major concept in World History and explain the connection. I state my opinion on the topic and use evidence from both articles to help show my point. My explanation helps to clarify my thinking.
I relate this event to a major concept in World History. I state my opinion on the topic and use evidence from one or both articles to help show my point. My explanation is sometimes confusing.
I forgot to relate the event to a major topic and/or didn’t have a clear idea or opinion I was trying to prove. I didn’t really reference the articles, so it wasn’t clear whether or not I had read/understood them.
My write-up is typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman, and at least one-page in length
I have proofread my work. There are no typos, misspelled words, or grammatical errors. The way I explain my ideas is clear and easily understood.