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DAR Essay Contest 2019-20

DAR Topic 2019-20

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR

 

"The Voyage of the Mayflower"

 

Topic:

2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?

 

Rough Drafts should be completed the week of September 27, 2019

Final Due Date: Wednesday October 23, 2019

 

Research sites for information to get you going:

 

Provisions List

http://mayflowerhistory.com/provision-lists

 

Mayflowerhistory.com

http://mayflowerhistory.com/mayflower-passenger-list

 

Mayflower Passenger List

https://historyofmassachusetts.org/mayflower-passenger-list/

https://www.landofthebrave.info/mayflower-passenger-list.htm

 

Ages, Occupations, etc.

http://www.histarch.illinois.edu/plymouth/Maysource.html

 

Interview with John Alden - Scholastic

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/mayflower-john-alden-ships-cooper/

 

Interview with Elizabeth Hopkins

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/mayflower-elizabeth-hopkins-passenger/

 

Letters from a Pilgrim Child 

https://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/letters/Mayflower_letter1.htm

 

Interview with Desire Minter

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/mayflower-desire-minter-passenger/

 

About the Voyage - Scholastic

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/about-mayflower-journey/

 

A Crewman on the Mayflower - Robert Coppin

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/mayflower-robert-coppin-first-mate/

 

Scholastic

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/mayflower-voyage/

 

Virtual Field Trip

https://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm

 

Pilgram Hall Museum

https://pilgrimhall.org/ap_pilgrim_story.htm

https://pilgrimhall.org/bio_will_inventory_doc.htm

 

History.com

https://www.history.com/topics/colonial-america/mayflower

 

History of Massachusetts

https://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-mayflower/

 

Replica of the Mayflower

https://www.businessinsider.com/the-mayflower-was-short-and-fat-2015-6

 

Illustration of the cargo ship

https://www.icontainers.com/us/2015/11/23/the-mayflower-cargo-ship-a-perfect-example-of-logistics/

 

USHistory.org

http://www.ushistory.org/us/3a.asp

 

Land of the Brave

https://www.landofthebrave.info/mayflower-passengers.htm

 

What was life like on the Mayflower (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6_thM3prac

 

Mayflower Virtual Tour (video)

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/videos/teaching-content/mayflower-virtual-field-trip/

 

Plimoth Plantation

https://www.plimoth.org/

 

Ducksters

https://www.ducksters.com/history/colonial_america/mayflower.php

 

Fun Facts about the Mayflower (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jt1UGrDY00

 

Plymouth Colony Explained (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9ISjCyrAho

 

Pilgram Life (Scholastic News Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Icao42RALg

 

Another tour of the Mayflower (the Mayor's tour)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppDw52cWWtQ

 

 

 

I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning:

  • Who are you as a traveler? Wife/husband/child/servant?
  • What materials are available for travelers and convenient to take on a ship in 1620?
  • What would you/did you use your materials for?
  • What was it like traveling for 2 months at sea?  What do you wish you had brought that you didn't bring?
  • Once you landed, was there anything else you wish you would have brought, also?

 


Writing the Bibliography can be tricky... students need to retain information from the resources they use to take notes. Then, they can format their bibliographies.

http://www.aresearchguide.com/12biblio.html

http://qofp.com/links_bio.htm

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/t8biblio.html

 

There are a lot more pages out there to help with Bibliographies, but these should get you started and keep you on track.

Here are some Bibliography Generators - put your information into it and they will generate your format:

•Citation Machine:

http://www.citationmachine.net/mla/cite-a-book

•BibMe:

http://www.bibme.org/

•EasyBib

http://www.easybib.com/

 

Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt

http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/jenniferharris2/502/scavenger.html

 

Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)

 https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism?q=plagiarism&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Search&utm_term=plagiarism&matchtype=p

 

Sample for Title Page:


 

“The Voyage of the Mayflower”

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Address

Hopewell, VA 23860

Phone

email

 

 

 

Carter G. Woodson Middle School

Grade X

 

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR

 

 

 

 

xxx words

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Rubric for DAR Essay

Category

 

Title Page

  • Title of Topic – “The Voyage of the Mayflower
  • Contestant’s full name, address, phone, email
  • Contestant’s Grade level
  • Name of sponsoring DAR Chapter
  • Number of words in essay (600-1000)

Bibliography

  • At least 3 Sources
  • Sources are formatted correctly

Essay

Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes known materials available in 1620 for Englishmen

Stayed on topic - the student describes what you have packed to prepare for the trip/voyage (why did you choose those items?)

Includes information about the two months at sea and how the materials were used, and what  else you wish you would have brought

Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)

Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage

Correct grammar and formatting throughout (verb tenses are the same, paragraph indentions)

The student discusses their decisions in a character's point of view

 

All Essays 600-1000 words

Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink

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