Directions

 

1930’s Writing

 

What is important to know about life in the 1930’s? 

What was life like for the people who lived then? 

Use your research notes to write about 1-3 areas below:

• daily life

• hardships

• discoveries & inventions

• science & technology

• race relations

• arts & culture

• fashion

• law & politics

• family life

• other (specify)

 

OPTION 1 (news article):

Write a news article explaining life in the 1930s.  Include a creative headline that captures one overarching idea.  In the article give details about 1-3 specific areas of the 1930s.

 

OPTION 2 (letter):

Write a letter in the voice of a person growing up in the 1930s. Consider the sex, race, and age of the "character" that you will become as you write these letters. Also decide on a name for your character as well as to whom you are going to address your letter. Your letter should include enough detail and description for your reader to gain a good sense of what your life is like and should include 1-3 key features of the 1930s.

 

Requirements:

Two page, 500 words minimum.

Final Drafts (Type 4) must be typed (Google.doc) or handwritten in ink.


 

4

Exceeds Standards

3

Meets Standards

2

Partially Meets Standards

LT3 & LT5

thoughtful, strongly detailed letter

·  focuses on 1-3 key topics about life in the 1930s

·  told from strong, believable narrative voice

·  500 words minimum

solid letter

· focuses on 1-3 key topics about life in the 1930s

· develops clear character as narrator

· 500 words minimum

 

acceptable letter:

· shows basic understanding of life in the 1930s

· may be about more than 3 topics

· needs more details about focus topics

· 300 words minimum

minimal letter:

· shows minimal understanding of life in the 1930s

· needs a lot more detail

· may be inaccurate

· less than 300 words

LT10

LT10:  Mechanics show skills beyond 8th grade expectations (i.e., parentheses, semicolons, dashes, colons, dialogue, etc.).

LT10:  Solid mechanics—minimal errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

LT10:  Acceptable mechanics—a few errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation, but they do not detract from the reading.

LT10:  Numerous errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and/or punctuation make the paper difficult to read.