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US President Information
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Writing a Report on a US President (plus a Rubric)
More Report Topics

Getting Started:
First, read about the President you will be writing the report on. Read as much information about the President as you can find. Try the Internet and the library; try a good search engine (like Google.com), Whitehouse.gov, an encyclopedia, books, or even videos.

As you're finding out about your President, take notes on key information, such as important dates, critical events in the President's life, people who influenced his life, major world events during his life, etc.

The Structure of Your Report:
Start your report with an introductory paragraph that introduces the President and summarizes his life. Then write at least four to five paragraphs that clearly describe your President. Each paragraph should cover one topic (for example, you should have at least one paragraph that describes the President's early life). The report should be in three major sections, early life (pre-presidency), the presidency, and post-presidency. End the report with a closing paragraph that summarizes what you wrote and learned, plus the President's legacy.

Finally, cite your references (see the section below on formats for your bibliography).

Check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct. Make sure to use complete sentences and write neatly! Define any technical terms that you use. Proofread your report for errors before you hand it in -- do not hand in a rough draft.

Topics to Research and Include in Your Report:
When you write your report, try to include as many of the following topics as you can:



Citing Your References: When you write your bibliography, list all of your references. Formats for each type of publication follows (there are different formats for different media): Author(s) are listed last name first, first name or initials (as cited in the publication).

For example: "Enchanted Learning" would be cited as follows:

Col, Jeananda. Enchanted Learning: US Presidents. http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/history/us/pres/list.shtml 2001.

For more on EnchantedLearning's bibliography and author, click here.

Another format for Internet sources is as follows:

Last name, First name of author. Title of Page. Name of the publisher (EnchantedLearning.com in our case). Date the page was created (at Enchanted Learning, this is the earliest date on the copyright notice located at the bottom of each page), Date of revision (at Enchanted Learning, we do not keep track of page revisions).

Some teachers also request that you include the date of access; this is the date (or dates) that you went to the web page (or pages).



The Following is a Rubric For Assessing each Part of Your Research Report:
. Beginning
1
Developing
2
Accomplished
3
Excellent
4
Score
Introduction Disorganized, no information on what is to come Gives too little information. Summarizes report Concise, well-written introduction .
Research Part 1
(The President's early life)
Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Research Part 2
(The Presidency)
Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Research Part 3
(Post-Presidency)
Does not cover all appropriate topics Covers some of the appropriate topics. Covers most of the appropriate topics. All appropriate topics covered well. Also includes interesting facts. .
Spelling/Grammar Many spelling and grammatical errors A few errors Only one or two errors Spelling and grammar perfect .
Presentation Illegible, messy Almost illegible Legible writing, accompanying illustrations Well organized presentation, typed or written using a word processor, accompanying illustrations .
References No references A single reference, incomplete citation Several references with incomplete citations Many references, listed in appropriate format .
Timeliness Over a week late A week late A day or two late Handed in on time .


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