This project will be assessed through a series of formative and summative assessments.  Students are already familiar with rubrics they use when writing their essays for class assignments.  However, during this project students will also become familiar with peer review and presentation styles.  Students will be giving two different presentations for two separate audiences, they will be tracking their research and progress, they will create presentations aids, and they will finish the project by writing an essay. 

Formative Assessments:

Research Journal
Initially, students will be working in groups to answer the driving question: What is justice?  They are required to research the concept of justice, answer the project subquestions, and design questions of their own.  Students will need to keep a research journal that details what they researched, why they researched that angle, answers to the project questions as well as their own, and a defensible position on the Shylock/Antonio defense for class. Research Journal Rubric Part One.

Students will add to this journal to track their research on a current event and to create their position for the final presentation. Research Journal Rubric Part Two.

Practice Presentation
Students will create their legal defense from their research.  Then, groups will be assigned to watch and evaluate each others presentations for practice and feedback.  Students will receive feedback from their peers and the teacher on the effectiveness of their definition of justice, their defense of the case, and their presentation skills. Practice Presentation Rubric for Court Defense.

Outline or Concept Map for final Essay
Students will share their concept map or outline for their final essay with their classmates and teacher for feedback on their thesis statement (argument) and the effectiveness of their textual evidence.  Concept Map Handout.  The rubric for the final essay will be used to assess student progress regarding Ideas for the thesis statement and textual evidence for the argument.  Final Essay Rubric.

Summative Assessments:

Defense of The Merchant of Venice
Students will present an organized group defense of the case(s) presented in The Merchant of Venice.  Presentation Rubric for Court Defense.

Final Presentation for History Day
The final presentation for the History Day exhibit will include a visual element (video, infographic, poster, etc.) as well as a group presentation to the school, parents, teachers, and judges of the History Day project.  Students will earn class grades through peer evaluations, but they will also be scored by the History Day judges for possible inclusion in the state History Day competition. Presentation Rubric for History Day PresentationPeer Evaluation for History Day Presentation.

Final Essay
This class is first and foremost a literature class that focuses on literary analysis of a text or texts.  The final assignment after the project presentations will be for students to use their evidence and what they learned from the presentations to write an essay.  Students will write their final essay using a past AP Literature & Composition prompt.  For this assignment, students will write an original essay on the 2011 Question 3  free response prompt.  Final Essay Rubric.