Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc.

2016- 29th Annual Essay Contest

Entries must be postmarked by May 6, 2016
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2016 Topic: Overcoming Challenges: Hispanics in the United States

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Students will demonstrate strategic thinking and reasoning by
  1. uncovering and selecting relevant and credible evidence to support analysis, critiques, debates, claims and judgments.
  2. sustaining inquiry into topics or deeper problems, applying to the real world.
Students will demonstrate extended thinking by
  1. researching and synthesizing from multiple resources.
  2. planning, organizing and modifying to create a final product, the essay.


Sample Essay with Works Cited List and with in-text Citations

To Begin
  • Create a wiki page for your notes. Call it HispanicNotesCodeinitials. Organize your notes by sources. Use the links at the bottom of this page as your sources of information.
  • Create a wiki page for your essay. Call it HispanicEssayCodeinitials. Your Works Cites list and your essay with in-text citation will go here.

The Research Process - Getting Started

Outline/Diagram
  • Create a knowledge web diagram using Open Office Draw. Export from Open Office, then upload to your HeritageNotes wiki page.
Sample Diagram 1
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Sample Diagram 2
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Create a Works Cited List
  • Use EasyBib to create a works cited list in MLA format. Add an annotation for each entry to explain how you know it is a valid source of information for your topic. The Works Cited list with annotations must be on your HispanicEssay wiki page.
  • Enter a thesis statement at the top of your HeritageEssay page.
  • Finally, begin to write the essay. Be sure to cite your sources in the essay using MLA format.

Possible Resources to Use
  1. National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 (.gov website)
  2. Library of Congress and LOC Florida Folklife and LOC Digital Collections and LOC Hispanic and Portuguese Collections and LOC Hispanic Reading Room
  3. Latinos in History
  4. CountryReports.org (get login information during SpanTech)
  5. World Factbook Maps
  6. CIA World FactBook
  7. FactMonster.com/World
  8. Wikipedia in English
  9. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage --
  10. Hispanic Heritage .org - started by the White House -- **
  11. PEW data
  12. Peace Corps Culture Handbook


ICT Rubric for Sources, Citations and Works Cited

NOTE: No in-text citations will result in a 0% for the essay for technology. The work will be considered to be plagiarized.

4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point
Assessment for Sources and Annotations
Selection of Sources
Identified at least 4 highly appropriate sources for topic. 1 may be a personal interview.
Identified 3 appropriate sources for topic. 1 may be a personal interview.
Identified 2 appropriate sources for topic. 1 may be a personal interview.
Identified 1 appropriate source for topic. May be a personal interview.
Annotations
All sources annotated in Works Cited List to state evidence of validity. All annotations in bullet point under the appropriate source.
Annotated in Works Cited list 3 sources with evidence of validity of source for topic. All annotations in bullet point under the appropriate source.
Annotated in Works Cited list 2 sources with evidence of validity of source for topic. All annotations in bullet point under the appropriate source.
Annotation in Works Cited list for 1 source with evidence of validity. Annotation in bullet point under the List.
Assessment for Notes and Graphic Organization
Quality of Notes
Extracted relevant information from at least 4 sources. Paraphrased in own words.
Extracted relevant information from at least 3 sources. - Paraphrased in own words.
Extracted relevant information from at least 2 sources. Paraphrased in own words.
Extracted relevant information from 1 source. Paraphrased in own words.
Note-taking Organization
Notes from 4 sources organized by source with URL to the source and annotation of the source.
Notes from 3 sources organized by source with URL to the source and annotation of the source.
Notes from at least 2 sources organized by source and with annotations of the sources
Notes from 1 source with annotation of the source
Graphic or Outline Organization
Graphic organizer or outline on wiki notes page with thesis statement, main idea #1, main idea #2, main idea #3, and extended supporting details for the main ideas.
Graphic organizer or outline on wiki notes page with thesis statement, main idea #1, main idea #2, main idea #3, and some supporting details for the main ideas.
Graphic organizer or outline on wiki notes page with thesis statement, main idea #1, main idea #2, main idea #3, and few supporting details for the main ideas.
Graphic organizer or outline on wiki notes page with thesis statement, main idea #1, main idea #2, main idea #3, and no supporting details for the main ideas.
Assessment for Works Cited, In-Text Citations and Digital Citizenship
Works Cited List
All sources in MLA format.
3 sources in MLA format.
2 sources in MLA format.
1 source in MLA format.
Citations & Documentation
Cited all sources of information accurately using in-text MLA format
Cited 3 sources of information accurately using in-text MLA format
Cited 2 sources of information accurately using in-text MLA format
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Cited 1 source of information accurately using in-text MLA format
Digital Citizenship
Cited all sources of information. No information was plagiarized.
Made 1 error in citing information. No information was plagiarized.
Made 2-3 mistakes in citing information. No information was plagiarized.
Numerous errors in citations