Mr. Watson American Government Writing Component – Study Guide Unit 4a Origins of Democracy to 1776 Directions: You will be required to write a short essay as part of your final exam. This study guide provides guidelines for you to write a draft that you can use for your final answer on the test based. You will write on a separate sheet of paper about the following statement (PROVE IT WITH A MINIMUM OF FOUR PIECES OF EVIDENCE): Numerous historical documents influenced the colonists’ beliefs about self-government. Your writing will be based on the rubric below. To earn the most points, follow the criteria in the “4 – Above Standards” column. Suggestions for how to draft your document are provided below the rubric. 4 - Above Standards 3 - Meets Standards 2Approaching Standards 1 - Below Standards Position Statement & Conclusion The position statement and the conclusion are clear. The position statement and the conclusion are somewhat clear. The position statement or the conclusion is missing. There is no position statement and there is no conclusion. Support for Position Includes FOUR accurate pieces of evidence to support the position statement. Includes at least THREE accurate pieces of evidence to support the position statement. Includes at least TWO accurate pieces of evidence to support the position statement. Includes ONE accurate piece of evidence to support the position statement. CATEGORY Explanation of evidence Clearly explains all FOUR pieces of evidence. Clearly explains at least Includes at least TWO Might explain at least THREE pieces of clear explanations of the one piece of evidence. evidence. evidence. Using proper grammar and organization Some errors, but show understanding Very few errors Multiple errors Many errors WrIting Guidelines: 1. Write an introduction that clearly states what you are going to say. Example: “The colonists had a variety of documents that influenced their ideas about self-government. These included….” 2. In each paragraph note which document. In that paragraph you want to provide information about it, including the name, date it was created, who created it, and why it is important. Example: “For example, the Magna Carta was….. It was created in [date] by [people]. It was important because…” 3. Use at least 3 more paragraphs talking about the three other documents discussed in class. Use a similar organization as number 2 but try to vary words and sentences used. 4. Make sure organization is good with smooth “flow” – especially important are transition statements. 5. In conclusion, restate the introduction. Example: “These were not the only documents, but do show how the colonists were influenced.…” 6. Use proper grammar, formatting, and spelling.