Analyze the responses of the Roosevelt Administration to the problems of the Great Depression and World War II. How effective were these responses? How did they change the role of the federal government?


Responds to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis/claim that establishes a line of reasoning.

To earn these points, the thesis must make a claim that responds to the prompt, rather than merely

restating or rephrasing the prompt. The thesis must consist of one or more sentences located in one

place, either in the introduction or the conclusion.



1. Provides SPECIFIC EXAMPLES of evidence relevant to the topic of the prompt. To earn most/all points, the response must identify at least two or more specific historical examples of evidence relevant to each topic of the prompt.

2. SUPPORTS AN ARGUMENT in response to the prompt using specific and relevant examples of evidence. To earn points, the response must use specific historical evidence to support an argument in response to the prompt.



1. Uses historical reasoning (e.g. comparison, causation) to frame or structure an argument that addresses the prompt. To earn the first set of  poinst, the response must demonstrate the use of historical reasoning to frame or structure an argument, although the reasoning might be uneven or imbalanced.

2. Demonstrates a complex understanding of the historical development that is the focus of the prompt, using evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the question.To earn these points, the response must demonstrate a complex understanding, which must be part of the argument and not merely a phrase or reference. This could include:

• Explaining nuance by analyzing multiple variables

• Explaining both similarity and difference, both continuity and change, or multiple causes, or both causes and effects

• Explaining relevant and insightful connections within and across periods



·       Demonstrates strong control of grammar and spelling. A few mistakes are acceptable to earn full points, however, errors that detract from the reading will lose points.







Museum Project

You will be submitting a design proposal for the Smithsonian's US History Museum Project. Assume that you have ANY AND ALL materials at your disposal to include in your design. INCLUDE anything you desire, that is relevant to your person/event. . Creativity and well conducted research are the essentials to a successful proposal. BE CREATIVE, USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!!

The proposal to be presented to the Smithsonian Board of Trustees should contain 5 elements:

1. Written Overview/Letter :

1-2 page formal business style letter, single spaced. The overview should explain why you choose to implement a particular design. It should also provide an overview of the main topics or "parts" that the museum will be constructed around. It should explain the purpose of the project and how that purpose is reflected in the design approach that you used. Make sure to include a list of 10 items in your museum and explain their significance

2. Monument Floor Plan :

A Map (actual floor plan): An overview, to scale. Options include: Virtual space (HTML or PowerPoint), a large layout design, or graph paper. Use basic shapes to denote exhibits (it is not required that you draw images). The map should use letters or numbers to identify items within the exhibit and corresponding to the descriptions on the included key. You should have at least 10 items in your museum.

A Key: Identifying the specific items on display and relevant information needed for the average person to appreciate the exhibit. (NOTE: Explanations of particular items should not be more than 1-2 sentences in length)

4. Interactive Activity :

A 1-2 page proposal, single spaced, includes a design. The interactive activity explanation should describe the reasoning for the design as well as how people will be able to experience your topic. Your explanation should also include a description of the various options/outcomes that could/might occur when people get involved.

5. Sample Section :

 Your sample section will include a complete view of what the museum would actually look like. It should include images, artifacts, curator’s notes and storylines. You may choose to do this part in any style you choose.

6. Presentation to Board of Trustees:


Each proposal will be orally presented to the Smithsonian's Board of Trustees for their consideration. (The rest of the class will act as the board.) The presentations must be at least 5-10 minutes in length, and no more than 20. It must include visual elements (overview of floor plan, photos, etc.). Use of overheads, posters, PowerPoints, etc. are all acceptable.