World Geography - Unit 7 Test: Southwest Asia HARD COPY DUE: MONDAY, APRIL 7th at the start of class Introduction: Throughout this unit, we have discussed several issues of scarcity and conflict. Your task is to select one of these issues of most interest to you and write a three paragraph proposal in which you present a solution. In writing your proposal, you should take the perspective of being an expert on the issue that has been asked by the United Nations to present a solution. Paragraph Structure: First Paragraph: Summarize the issue Second Paragraph: Propose a solution Third Paragraph: Explain why you think your solution will work Presentation: You are required to turn in a hard copy of your proposal on Monday, April 7th at the start of class. On either Monday or Tuesday, you will present your proposal to class (order of presentations will be determined in class on Friday). Since you will have already turned in a hard copy of your proposal, make sure you have a second copy or note cards to assist you in your presentation. Grading: The proposal is worth 75 points and the presentation is worth 15 points, for a total of 90 possible points. Proposal Rubric: Excellent (A) Above Average (B) Average (C) Unacceptable (D) Writing Mechanics Complete, varied, interesting sentences; errorfree spelling and grammar Complete sentences; correct grammar Variety of sentences; some errors are evident; careless grammar Repetitious; fragments and run-ons are frequent; grammar mistakes block meaning Essay Structure Paragraphs contribute to an effective argument; reinforce the content Paragraphs demonstrate a clear plan; functional Ineffective or inconsistent paragraphs Random paragraphs Content Mastery Thesis is clearly focused; subject is significant Thesis is clear; provides direction for essay Thesis is unclear; formulaic; not creative Information is incomplete, ineffective, or missing Clarity Detailed; accurate; insightful Clear and thoughtful Uneven Vague or inaccurate Presentation Rubric: Excellent (A) Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence Organization which audience can follow. Student demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) by Subject answering all class Knowledge questions with explanations and elaboration. Student maintains eye contact with audience, Eye Contact seldom returning to notes. Above Average (B) Average (C) Unacceptable (D) Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information. Student presents information in logical sequence which audience can follow. Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around. Student is at ease with expected answers to all questions, but fails to elaborate. Student is uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions. Student maintains eye contact most of the time but frequently returns to notes. Student occasionally Student reads all of uses eye contact, report with no eye but still reads most contact. of report. Student's voice is Student uses a clear clear. Student voice and correct, pronounces most precise pronunciation Elocution words correctly. of terms so that all Most audience audience members can members can hear hear presentation. presentation. Student's voice is low. Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing presentation. Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject. Student mumbles, incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly for students in the back of class to hear.