journal 4 – the civil war

Please read instructions for Journals (this can be found on the home page) before starting this assignment.

For your last journal you will write as a fictional person who has been affected by Civil War. I am pretty much giving you free reign on what you want to research and write about within the Civil War. You could serve in the Army, Government, be a slave or newly freedman, or whatever you choose that you read about in chapter 16.

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This activity aligns with Unit 3 learning outcomes 5 and 6.

Of course you need to research it and cite it using a works reference page using the MLA format (
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Research options

Per usual review the material in your textbook first (chapter 15)

Historical Newspapers – Library link
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and Library to Historical Newspapers.docx

American Historical Newspaper database has a whole section dedicated to this – so many choices.

New York Times Historical database will have quite a bit, just use the dates option.

Textbook Study Space –
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Gilder Lehrman –
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If you use other sites, be sure to make sure they are academically sound.


Research the topic using the textbook and Historical Newspaper databases and other websites as needed
Write the entry as if you are living in the time period and following all other instructions and according to the rubric.
Included a Works Referenced Page using the MLA format.
Submitted it using the assignment link turn in (this is autjomatically submitted through

Rubric for Journals (1)
Rubric for Journals (1)
Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Evidence of both secondary and primary research.

45.0 pts
Excellent use of both primary and secondary sources.

40.0 pts
Very good use of both primary and secondary sources. Good depth shown.

35.0 pts
Good use of sources. Some is a little broad. Perhaps too much emphasis on the secondary sources.

30.0 pts
Fine use of the sources, but some too broad.

25.0 pts
Research shown is okay, but too broad. Or some mistakes in the research shown.

20.0 pts
Research is weak. There is not enough shown or it is far too broad.

15.0 pts
Research is lacking and more needs to be shown.

10.0 pts
There is not enough research to show understanding of the subject.

0.0 pts
Too much is directly from the sources.

45.0 pts


This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Works Referenced Page
MLA Works Referenced Page is included.

10.0 pts
Works Reference Page included. MLA format is fully correct.

8.5 pts
Works Reference Page included, but MLA format needs a little work.

5.0 pts
Citations listed, but not MLA Reference Page. Format needs much work.

0.0 pts
No Works Reference Page.

10.0 pts


This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Critical Thinking
Journal is written as if you were living in the time period, and develops and communicates your OWN perspective in a manner that is supported by research.

20.0 pts
Excellent. I feel like I live there.

15.0 pts
Very good, you have integrated the material and show a good sense of the time.

10.0 pts
Good, you have integrated most of the research, but there is also some listing of research.

5.0 pts
Fine research shown, but lacking integration.

0.0 pts
Too much directly from the source.

20.0 pts


This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
College Level Grammar
Grammar needs to be college level. o List of common errors to avoid:  Just one long paragraph or big chunky paragraphs.  Lack of capitalization (do not use text writing).  Spelling (again text spelling is not academic spelling).

10.0 pts
Correct grammar and spelling throughout. No mistakes.

5.0 pts
One or two mistakes.

0.0 pts
Several mistakes.

10.0 pts


This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Is enough information included to show you have a good understanding. Word count.

10.0 pts
500++ words.

8.0 pts
425-500 words.

5.0 pts
325-424 words.

3.0 pts
250-325 words.

0.0 pts
Less than 250 words.

10.0 pts


This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Above and beyond
95 a very good grade it is an A. Getting 100% means you did amazing work, and even went above and beyond. These points are for those.

5.0 pts
Excellent, amazing interesting. Wonderful in all categories.

3.0 pts
Very good work, above and beyond in at least one area.

0.0 pts
All is well, most often this is the choice.

5.0 pts


Total Points: 100.0

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