The Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently honored students across the Tri-Valley who stood out in the group's annual student essay contest.
The Pleasanton chapter hosts the DAR Good Citizen Program for high school seniors selected by their school for dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This year's local winner was Kylie Burke from Dublin High School. Runner-up was Michelle Yoon from Amador Valley High School.
The group also holds the American History Essay contest, open to students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. This year's topic was "World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars" -- in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Local winners were advanced to the California State Society of DAR District IV competitions, where some received top billing and earned a spot in the statewide judging.
The winning eighth-grade essay was written by Eva Shen from Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon.
The seventh-grade winner was Anshul Kumar Chennavaram from Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon -- also a district winner.
Winning the chapter and district levels as well were Sanika Saleem from Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon (sixth grade) and Leanne Liz George from Lydiksen Elementary School in Pleasanton (fifth grade).
Chapter winners were presented a recognition certificate and a monetary award. On-hand for the award ceremony in Pleasanton on Feb. 10 were Mayor Jerry Thorne, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell.
Founded in 1890, the DAR is a nationwide, lineage-based, nonprofit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and ensuring the nation's strong future by supporting education.
DAR Topic 2017-18
Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR
"World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars"
The end of World War I was the beginning of a new age. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Imagine you are living in 1918. State where you are living and how the end of the war will impact your daily life. Discuss the pros and cons of the changes this War introduced to society and how you imagine those changes will impact the US in the years to come.
Rough Drafts should be completed the week of October 6, 2017
Final Due Date: November 3, 2017
Research sites for information to get you going:
Crash Course in WWI
Results of WWI
History.com World War I video
History.com World War I Legacy of the War video
PBS - The Great War: American Experience (You have to use a membership to view this video)
America's Homefront During WWI
YouTube Videos about WW1 Propaganda
The Atlantic - WWI Issue (Thank you for guiding me here, Tod!)
Effects of WWI on America - Historama
National Archives - WWI Centennial
World War 1 - Primary Sources - Docs Teach
PBS Newshour - How does WWI impact the US today?
From Syria to Black Lives Matter - Three ways WWI impacts America today
WWI Propaganda Slides
Library of Congress
Lots of links and information at the Library of Congress site...
Find Primary Sources for your research
Women in War
Effects of WWI on America
Great article on effects of war - and on children
How War Changed the role of Women in America
The Week.com - The Women of World War 1
Impact of WWI on Virginia
Virginia Women and the First World War
Richmond Times Dispatch WWI and Virginia's Role
I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning:
- Where are you “living”?
- Have you or anyone in your “family” been directly involved in the Great War or the War Efforts on the homefront?
- Did anything (an event of the war, loss of finances, women taking on jobs, loss of property, new industry, having to move, propaganda, etc.) during the war impact your daily life?
- What were some positive changes that happened in America because of the Great War?
- What were some negative changes that happened in America because of the Great War?
- Do you think any of these changes will impact America, or the world, in years to come?
- What are your plans moving forward from 1918?
Remember this is in Google Classrooms to organize for your pre-planning. Ask Ms. Martin for the Class Code to access it online for you to type on it.
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.
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:
Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt
Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)
Sample for Title Page:
“World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars”
Hopewell, VA 23860
Carter G. Woodson Middle School
Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR
Rubric for DAR Essay
Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes where you are living
Stayed on topic - the student describes how the end of the war will impact their daily life
Includes pros and cons of the changes the Great War introduced to society
Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)
Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage
Correct grammar throughout (verb tenses the same)
The student discusses how they imagine those changes will impact the US in years to come
*** Remember this paper is taking place AFTER THE WAR HAS ENDED! You are discussing changes the war brought after it has ENDED.
All Essays 600-1000 words
Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink