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Colonial Brochure

Guidelines for Colonial Tri-Fold Brochure

You are the new governor of a colony in the New World. You have been given the task by the king to make your colony successful, and the king will reward you with great wealth and power. However, it is up to you to convince all of the new settlers coming from England and other European countries that your colony is the best place to live. You have decided to create a tri-fold brochure to be distributed in Europe to convince the people that your colony is the best place to settle before they set sail for the New World.
A tri-fold brochure is created by taking a piece of paper (in this case 11x17) and folding it into thirds.  Your tri-fold will have six sides, and a different topic will be covered on each side.  Every topic or side should minimally have a descriptive paragraph and a visual.  Remember that paragraphs should have historical facts written as convincing reasons to move to your colony.

Side One – Front Cover: This side will be the cover for the brochure and will introduce the colony.  It should contain the name of the colony and a visual.  Instead of a paragraph, this side should display a catchy slogan describing one of your colony’s best features so people will pick up and read your brochure.

Side Two – History (inside left): This side will discuss the history of the colony before the year 1750.  This should include the founder(s), why the colony was founded, and any important events associated with how the colony got started.  These important events should emphasize why your colony’s history makes it a good place to live.

Side Three – Physical Features (inside center): This side of your brochure will discuss the physical features of your colony such as the location, geography, and climate. These features should be described in a way that would draw newcomers to your colony to settle there.

Side Four – Economy (inside right): This side of the brochure will discuss important aspects of your colony’s economy, including what type of jobs are available to the people (prior to 1750).  One either side 3 or 4, you should discuss how the physical features of your colony helped make your economy successful.

Side Five – Government (inside flap): This side of your brochure should tell people how your colony is governed (i.e., who is in charge) and how the local people may be able to be involved in the local government (i.e., who can vote and how democratic is your government).  Do you have a say in what happens in the colony?  Why is your form of government a good thing for the local people?

Side Six – Big Sell (back): This is the side where you will convince others to move to your colony based on all the wonderful reasons to live there.  This is a summary of the great reasons to live here, and not the other colonies.  Make a convincing argument as you need more people to help your colony survive.

 

Making a Tri-Fold: (Ignore the mailing labels; this was the best picture I could find.)
 
Grading:

Researching a Colony: Student puts forth good effort to research and check validity of information found.

 

BE (1)

AP (2)

ME  (3)

EX (4)

Research

Relies only on a single source for information; does not check validity; some information incorrect or missing

Selects and uses multiple sources; checks validity of information with prompting; mostly correct information

Collects and classifies data from multiple sources; checks validity of information with minimal prompting

Collects and classifies data from multiple sources; independently compares sources to determine validity

 

Brochure: Student compiles results of research according to the detailed requirements.

 

BE (1)

AP (2)

ME  (3)

EX (4)

Cover Page

Image or slogan missing

Image and slogan present, but they are confusing and do not relate to one of the colony’s features

Good image and average slogan that present one of the colonies best features

Vibrant image and catchy slogan help readers get excited about learning about colony

Historical Information

Events described are not the key events in colony’s founding; or events are confusing

Events from colony’s founding are described, but key events are missing; no analysis of why they are important

Founding of colony is reflected in the most important events of colony’s history in 1600’s and 1700’s; some analysis

Founding of colony is reflected in the most important events of colony’s history in 1600’s and 1700’s, analyzed for benefits of living there

Physical Features & Economy

Identifies features & economy but does not apply them; visual may not support

Applies physical features and economy to the colony’s opportunities with prompting; some visuals

Applies physical features and economy to the colony’s opportunities with supporting visuals

Extends ideas about physical features and economy to identify benefit to colony and surrounding region

Government

No description of relationships between leaders and people

Government described; identifies relationships between leaders and people with prompting; minimal analysis

Analyzes relationships between leaders and people using facts; describes how government would make people want to live there

Analyzes relationships between leaders and people using facts; elaborates with connections, predictions, or comparison to other events

Big Sell

Has an opinion; vague reference or no reference to history of colony

Opinion somewhat related to colony’s background; missing evidence

Argument clearly related to colony’s background; evidence cited

Compelling argument clearly related to colony’s background, and compared to remainder of region

 

Presentation: Student presents results of research in a convincing manner using good presentation skills.

 

BE (1)

AP (2)

ME  (3)

EX (4)

Research Presentation

Little connection with audience; quiet voice; no eye contact.

Limited connection with audience; okay voice; minimal eye contact

Connects with audience; good voice; good eye contact

Presentation excites audience; great voice and eye contact

 

 
Note to Parents: I welcome your coaching, advice, support, and encouragement during this project. However, allow your child to do their own research and develop their own words, images, and ultimately completed tri-fold. It becomes quite apparent on projects when the child's "voice" gets lost and a parent's voice takes over.

If students are having trouble organizing their details, have them place all of their data into the "Scripted Notes" pages (see attachment below) before working on creating their brochure.
 
Images:
Colonial Williamsburg: http://thephotogardenbee.com/2009/12/21/todays-featured-post-colonial-williamsburg-christmas
Tri-Fold Example: https://sites.google.com/site/hamlinteaching/keyboarding-11/keyboarding-assignments/keyboarding-assignments-2
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Robert James,
Dec 7, 2012, 2:18 AM
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Robert James,
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Robert James,
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