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Rubric for GELO essay assignment:
Criteria
9-10 points
8-8.9 points
7-7.9 points
1-6.9 points
Thesis: Create a well-developed thesis
that can be supported by the evidence.
States a clear, strong thesis at the
end of the first paragraph that
can be supported with the
available primary sources.
States a thesis at the end of the first
paragraph but lacks in precision or
clarity. Still, the overall point of the
paper is clear throughout.
Clarity: Avoids use of “I,” “we,” and
other such personal pronouns. Uses
active voice rather than passive voice.
Clear about who did or wrote what,
when, and where. Subsequent
references use family name. Avoids
spelling and grammatical errors.
Writing is clear and concise;
follows the “tips” including
those outlined in the criteria for
clarity. Points are easy to
identify.
The writing and arguments are clear.
Did not follow 1-2 of the criteria
outlined. Main points can be
identified.
Thesis is present yet it
is not stated clearly.
Hints at the thesis
without stating it
overtly.
Meaning can be
understood, yet the
writing lacks clarity.
Did not follow 3 or
more of the criteria
outlined.
Thesis is inaccurate,
biased, cannot be
proven with evidence
at hand. Thesis is
absent.
Writing is unclear.
Numerous typos,
grammatical errors,
and/or does not follow
criteria.
Organization: Present information
clearly and accurately through the
effective selection, organization, and
analysis of content.
Specifics: Evidence is used to support
the main idea or argument. Identify the
most significant and relevant facts,
definitions, and concrete details for the
purpose at hand. Use examples,
specifics, or detailed accounts.
Source Analysis: Effectively recognize
how time, place, and perspective
influence standards of evidence,
objectives, and methods of thinking and
communicating.
Follows guidelines for
organization in Tips.
Follows most of the guidelines for
organization in Tips.
Follows some of the
guidelines for
organization in Tips.
Does not follow the
guidelines for
organization in Tips.
Specific, accurate details are
included. The quotations
selected are relevant to the
thesis. The paper explains the
meaning of the quotations and
how they help support the thesis.
Effectively analyzes the source
within its historical context. The
analysis is well explained and
accurate.
Specific, accurate details are
included. Most of the quotations
selected are relevant to the thesis and
help to support it.
Vague, general
statement. Selects
evidence that is not
relevant to the thesis
or evidence is absent.
Context: Demonstrates understanding
of an event, person, or idea within
historical context; matter at hand is
considered and connected to the broader
picture.
Demonstrates understanding of
an event, person, or idea within
historical context; matter at hand
is considered and connected to
the broader picture.
Demonstrates understanding of an
event, person, or idea within
historical context; matter at hand is
considered but the connection to the
broader picture is not fully
developed.
Most of the details are
accurate. The
connection between
the selection of
evidence and the
thesis is unclear.
Analyzes source but
the historical context
is not fully considered.
Analysis might not be
fully explained or
accurate.
Identifies an event,
person, or idea but
does not effectively
place it within
historical context.
Analyzes the source within its
historical context. The analysis is
explained and accurate, yet some
minor errors might exist.
Analysis is inaccurate
or absent.
Inaccurate information
or context is absent.
Lesson Link – https://sway.office.com/CbZKXqFxGU6TfD3o?ref=Link&loc=play
Tips for Lesson Link – https://sway.office.com/kylZx603KAeRiK9b?ref=Link&loc=play
Module 5: GELO Assignment on Vietnam
The purpose and topic:
The GELO assignment is to demonstrate historical thinking by analyzing a primary source.
To do so, the source, in this case a political cartoon, needs to be placed in historical context.
The primary source below (on the next page) is a caricature by David Levine, “The
presidents responsible for the U.S. involvement in Indochina. The final tearful figure is the
last president of South Vietnam, Nguyen Van Thieu.” To place the cartoon in historical
context, complete the Sway Lesson on Vietnam. (Do not use outside sources.)
Background information on the source: The caricature was published after the Pentagon
Papers (1971) had been released, which were leaked government documents that exposed
the role of the earlier presidential administrations. Although the documents were before
Nixon’s administration, Levine was aware that Nixon continued the conflict. In short,
Levine would have been familiar with the policies that you learned about in lesson.
How to organize the paper and what to include:
In the first paragraph, discuss what Levine’s main message is in the cartoon and why you
think that is his message.
In the supporting paragraphs, include the following:
Explain why Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson (the first three presidents from left to
right in the cartoon) are assigned blame. Consider how each president is depicted by size.
Of course, these are not representative of the actual size of the presidents, so what message
was Levine trying to portray in his sizing of the presidents? It is best to organize the
paragraphs in chronological order and by president. For instance, one paragraph focuses
on Eisenhower’s role in U.S. involvement in Vietnam where you make a connection
between Levine’s cartoon and the history. For each president, write about 1-2 paragraphs.
In your final paragraph, discuss if you agree with the level of blame that Levine assigns to
each president? (Do you agree with who Levine assigns blame to? Should Truman be
included in such a drawing?)
Requirements:
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Be sure to complete the lesson in its entirety, including the 4 video clips (about 5 minutes
each) before completing this Assignment. Use specific examples included in our lesson
(including the assigned readings and videos). Answer the questions in your own words.
Formatting: 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, one-inch margins. Points will
be deducted if not formatted correctly.
File format: Submit as either a .doc, .docx., or .pdf. If you submit any other file format, your
assignment will not be graded.
Editing: Be sure to proofread your paper and follow the guidelines in the GELO tips lesson.
Points will be deducted for not doing so.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism of any kind will result in automatic failure. Use of outside sources is
considered plagiarism, even if you reword it. Note that slightly rewording a sentence or
Module 5: GELO Assignment on Vietnam
paragraph through changing words or the order of the words is still plagiarism. See
Avoiding Plagiarism in our Blackboard shell for more information on plagiarism.
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