1. Imagine it is 1880. The Civil War has been over for 15 years. Economic conditions in the town you live in have deteriorated, and you are struggling to make ends meet. You decide to try your luck out west, where there is plenty of land and plenty of opportunity. Before leaving, you must decide what you will do out west—be a miner, a cowboy, or a farmer. Each presents its own opportunities and difficulties.
Write an essay in which you:
Tell what you would be—a miner, cowboy, or farmer.
Describe the opportunities you would have.
Describe the difficulties you would face.
Explain why you chose as you did.
Use the rubric on the following page to see how your teacher will score your essay. This graded assignment will be due in Lesson 4.
If I were to choose from the three, I would choose to be a farmer. The reason I chose being a farmer is because farming would be very difficult, but safer than being a miner or a cowboy. Being a farmer would be safer since being a miner could result in caving while mining and being a cowboy is also risky because you could fall into a hole while herding livestock or have the risk of being rundown by the livestock if they get scared and go crazy. Being a farmer can give you opportunities because by raising livestock, it can give you money as well as food to eat. Unfortunately, farming is harder than it is, because farmers depend on the seasons; for example, in summer, if it is too hot, it will dry the soil, making farming useless, or in winter, if begins to snow, it will cover the whole livestock in snow and kill the livestock from the cold. Being a farmer has its pros and cons, but if you put a little sweat, livestock might be able to survive any season.
The essay does not fulfill the assignment. Content is not developed and ideas are confusing. The essay is so inadequate and flawed as to be unacceptable. The essay does not fulfill the assignment. Content is poorly developed and ideas are confusing. The essay fails to address several aspects of the assignment and demonstrates a lack of clear understanding of the concepts and facts. It contains serious flaws. The essay fulfills the assignment, but content is not fully developed and/or ideas are not clear. The essay fails to address all aspects of the assignment and demonstrates a superficial understanding of the concepts and facts. It contains some flaws. The essay fulfills the assignment. Content is developed and ideas are clear. The essay, however, demonstrates a less than thorough understanding of the concepts and facts and contains minor flaws. There is some room for improvement. The essay completely fulfills the assignment. Content is well-developed and ideas are original and clear. The essay demonstrates a thorough understanding of the concepts and facts. It is accurate, relevant, and complete.
The essay is so disorganized that it is not understandable.
The essay lacks clear organization. It is difficult to understand.
The essay is somewhat organized but has significant flaws.
The essay is well-organized, with only minor flaws.
The essay is clearly and logically organized and easy to understand.
Spelling, Punctua-tion, and Grammar
The essay contains 10 or more errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or grammar. The essay contains 7 to 9 errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or grammar. The essay contains 5 to 6 errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or grammar. The essay contains 3 to 4 errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or grammar. The essay contains 2 or fewer errors in spelling, punctuation, and/or grammar.
To calculate the final grade for this assignment, add the scores for each rubric topic for a maximum score of 100 points. Notice that you will give greater weight to Content by multiplying the score for that category by 16. The scores for Organization and Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar are weighted by multiplying the scores for those categories by two.
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