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Freedom Writers

You are a Patriot who is trying to convince a Loyalist to join your side in the fight
of the American Revolution. You need to explain the benefits of democracy, and
how it could help improve each persons life. Create an advertisement you might
find in a newspaper that explains to the Loyalists what democracy is, how it is
seen in our everyday life, and why you should want to gain freedom from King
George and British rule.
G (Goal)- To choose a side to join during the American Revolution (Patriot or
Loyalist)
R (Roll)- To take on a roll of a Patriot or Loyalist
A (Audience)- Citizens in your community
P (Product)- Visual advertisement representing beliefs
E (Expectations)- Rubric attached below

Please follow the template below as a guideline for your newspaper


advertisement:
Benefits of Democracy:
How does Democracy
Illustrations:
improve your current
lifestyle?:

Rubric for Freedom Writers


Criteria
Content of
Advertisement

Below the Standard


The student does not
provide accurate
information related to
democracy, and does not
include examples.

Approaching the Standard


The student includes
accurate information on
democracy, but does not
relate the content to a
Loyalists lifestyle that would
be convincing.

The standards being


assessed do not match the
task.

The standards being assessed


do not match the task.

0-4 points

5-8 points

Meets the Standard


The student includes relevant
information related to
democracy, and uses the
definitions as part of their
information on advertisement.
The content provided is
written in a persuasive way
that would capture their
audiences attention.
The standards being assessed
match the task.

9-12 points

Exceeds the Standard


The student went above and
beyond expectations when
creating an advertisement
that would successfully
convince a Loyalist to change
his or her point of view. As
part of their content, the
student provides information
that relates to our branches
of government in present day.
The student produces
written and/or oral work that
is complex, purposeful, and
organized, includes relevant
supporting examples and
manipulation of language.
The standards being assessed
match the task.

13-15 points
Argument
Provided

The student incorrectly


describes democracy, and
does not provide any
reasons stating why
democracy is a better form
of government.

0-6 points

The student describes what


democracy is, but only
provides minimal reasons
explaining why it is a better
form a government.

6-12 points

The student includes many


persuasive reasons that
support Democracy as the
better choice of government.
The student provides reasons
that support democracy as a
better choice.

13-18 points

The student includes many


persuasive reasons that
support Democracy as the
better choice of government.
The student respectfully
provides examples of a
Loyalists current lifestyle,
but gives suggestions on how
Democracy could help make
his or her life better.
The student supports and
defends his/her own opinions
while respecting the opinions
of others.

Total

13-15 points
Creativity

Student does not include


accurate information
through illustrations or
text. It is difficult to
determine what the
advertisement is for.

0-6 points

Students advertisement
includes a disproportionate
amount of text versus
illustration. The information
is not presented in a visually
appealing way, and is difficult
to navigate through. Some
text features are evident, but
does not relate to the
created content.

Students advertisement
includes illustrations and text
only. The student presents
their information in an
organized way, that is easy to
read and appealing to his or
her audience. Text features
are included ease of reading.

6-12 points

13-18 points

Students advertisement
includes an equal amount of
illustrations and text, as well
as text features that assist in
presenting their information.
Advertisements include
figurative language to
creatively explain the benefits
of democracy, and how it
would improve ones lifestyle.
The student, independently
or through collaboration with
classmates, clarifies,
illustrates, or elaborates on
an idea for product
improvement.
13-15 points