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Final Research Presentation Rubric  


Exceptional: 4


Accomplished: 3

“You Got It!”

Competent: 2

“You are on your way”

Developing: 1

“Need more work”



   Introduction with thesis position.

Clear, logical order of materials/info.

Transitions between topics and among members.

Continuity of presentation.


Intro creates interest, is attention getting, dramatically involves the audience;

Clear relevancy of argument

Smooth transitions; effective interaction between visuals, oral delivery, written information, class involvement

 Complete and meaningful summaries.

Introduction  focuses the class attention; audience is engaged in topic.

Ideas are clear but not fully developed; transitions evident but not original;

Summaries clarify most points, others left unconnected to argument.

Introduction shows attempt to involve audience;

Main ideas covered but not developed fully;

Transitions stiff or disjointed; Summaries used occasionally, may not be closely tied together.

Conclusion is weak

Undeveloped introduction; poses a question/argument but does not attract attention;

Incomplete coverage of the topic; many ideas undeveloped or misunderstood. Organization skips around, few transitions,; summaries rarely used – facts presented without clear reasoning


Factual, relevant information;

Variety of sources;

Valid and certified sources;* (see above)



Information is relevant, accurate, authoritative, documented;

Research is presented clearly, interestingly, persuasively.

Provides in-depth discussion and analysis; interpretation ties evidence to the argument. Recognizes bias and different viewpoints;

Evidence is sufficient and relevant

Most information is relevant, clear; multiple sources used;

 Research integrated throughout presentation;

 Research substantiated and explained in its connection to the topic, but is more of an overview than in in-depth study of the topic

Presentation is more of an overview of the information rather than an in-depth discussion

Use of information is more general; more opinions than research; interpretations of research may be obvious or unsubstantiated; 

Research material is from certified sources but important information may have been overlooked or not fully understood

Little substantial, relevant research material; emphasis on personal opinions or unverified beliefs; reasoning may be faulty in trying to connect research with argument.

Limited range of information


1.      Dear America Letters Home from Vietnam (part 1 8) - YouTube

2.      Hearts and Minds by Peter Davis: A documentary of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam war. (112 mins.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d2ml82lc7s.

3.      Little Dieter Learns to Fly by Werner Herzog (1997) http://watchdocumentary.org/watch/little-dieter-needs-to-fly-video_b0ffaeb65.html

4.      The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara by Errol Morris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXF6UdkeI4

5.      Vietnam: A Television History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqKi-SyRA7I

6.      Maya Lin: A String Clear Vision: documentary on Chinese-american architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.: http://putlocker.bz/watch-maya-lin-a-strong-clear-vision-online-free-putlocker.html

Vietnam War

1.      France's Attitude Toward US Policy in Vietnam - Statement of President de Gaulle at his tenth press conference in Paris, July 23, 1964.

2.      Letter Exchange - Letter from President Johnson to Ho Chi Minh, President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, February 8, 1967 for peace negotiations.

3.      The Mourner's Song - Illustrated essay on war memorials in Vietnam, contrasting them to the memorials within the United States.

4.      The Only War We've Got - Files and images about the U.S. experience in Vietnam, especially during the early years. Site by reporter and novelist Dan Ford, who was in Vietnam in 1964.

5.      The Tonkin Bay Resolution - The Joint Resolution of U.S. Congress approved on August 10, 1964.

6.      The Tonkin Gulf Incident - President Johnson's message to Congress on August 5, 1964.

7.      Vietnam - Links to documents relating to American foreign policy.

8.      Vietnam Memorial - Dedicated to the American dead of the war, includes names and biographies of some of the dead.

9.      Vietnam Online - Transcript of "A Television History; Roots of a War (1945-1953)", made in 1983 for the PBS.

10.  The Vietnam War - Includes timeline, weapons, pictures and analysis of the conflict.

11.  Vietnam War - Titles covering the conflict through a broad range of original historical source documents and photos.

12.  Vietnam War - Extensively annotated and cross-linked history of the conflict.

13.  Vietnam War - America's Longest War - Vietnam War History, major battles and statistics, Collectables and Vietnam War Picture galleries.

14.  We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young - Site dedicated to the events of Nov. 1965 at LZ XRAY in the Ia Drang Valley; the first major battle of the US forces.

15.  Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy-Vietnam primary sources on U.S. involvement

16.  Glossary of Military Terms & Slang from the Vietnam War

17.  Impressions of Vietnam and descriptions of the daily life of a soldier from the oral history of Elliott Gardner, U.S. Army

18.  "No Peace in the Valley," Vietnam magazine, cover story, Oct. 2008, 26—31.

19.  Oliver Stone's service with Company E, 52nd Infantry (LRP), 1st Air Cavalry Division, in Vietnam and his movie Platoon

20.  Timeline US – Vietnam (1947–2001) in Open-Content project

21.  The U.S. Army in Vietnam the official history of the United States Army

22.  The Vietnam War at The History Channel

23.  Vietnam Casualties database searchable by first name, last name and location

24.  Vietnam War Bibliography covers online and published resources

25.  Vietnam war timeline comprehensive timeline of the Vietnam War

26.  Virtual Vietnam Archive – Texas Tech University

Anti-War Movements and Counterculture

1.      "384 F. 2d 115 – United States v. Edelman". Open Jurist. Retrieved March 12, 2011.

2.      "Anti-War Political Activism". Pacifica Radio. UC Berkeley. Retrieved March 13, 2011.

3.      "Perspectives," Vietnam magazine, Aug. 2002, 58--61. (extensive information on the origins of the counterculture)

4.      "Vietnam Veterans Against the War demonstrate — History.com This Day in History — 4/19/1971". History.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014.

5.      1960s archive with photographs of be-ins and protests

6.      1968 Revisited - Items and commentary from the New York University Archives; timeline relates events from 1965 to 1971.

7.      A Change of Course: American Catholics, Anticommunism, and the Vietnam War by Joseph G. Morgan for U.S. Catholic Historian available through JSTOR (login required) http://www.jstor.org/stable/25154936.

8.      Anti-War Movement in the United States (Vietnam): Oxford Companion to American Military History

9.      Anti-War Web Ring - Directory of art projects related to the opposition of specific wars.
-- http://artcontext.org/antiWar/index.php  

10.  Anti-war writings by Caleb Rossiter - Progressive activist Caleb Rossiter's writings: Vietnam anti-war movement, U.S. foreign/military policy, arms trade, landmines, El Salvador, Africa.
-- http://www.calebrossiter.com  
Society: Issues: Peace: Articles   (1)

11.  Chicago '68 - A chronology of events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

12.  Conscientious Objection to the Vietnam War by James Tollefson
for OAH Magazine of History available through JSTOR (login required)

13.  Dissent during Crisis in America: an online exhibition hosted by The UC Irvine Libraries, University of California. It focuses on 4 periods of American history when free speech and civil liberties were threatened, highlighting the ways in which dissent and protestors were treated.

14.  Free Speech Movement Archives - Documents, photos, and essays on the events of the 1964 movement in Berkeley.

15.  Free Speech Movement Digital Archive - Information on the FSM digital archive from the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

16.  Freedom Archives - Organization based in San Francisco, USA, restores and archives audiotapes from the late-60s to the mid-90s that chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international solidarity movements.

17.  Guide to the Vietnam War Protest Ephemera. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

18.  History in Song - Includes annotated texts about American history, from Revolutionary War songs to 1960's anti-war protests.-- http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/parton/2/  

19.  John Hoyland, Power to the People, The Guardian, 15 March 2008

20.  Micro and Macro Level Implications for a Sociology of Virtue: The Case of Draft Protesters to the Vietnam War by Harriet Engel Gross for The Sociological Quarterly available through JSTOR (login required)  http://www.jstor.org/stable/4105837.

21.  Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam

22.  Narrowing the Gap by Widening the Conflict: Power Politics, Symbols of Sovereignty, and the American Vietnam War Resisters' Migration to Canada by John Hagan for Law & Society Review available through JSTOR (login required) http://www.jstor.org/stable/3115139

23.  SDS: Rebels with a Cause - Site for a documentary film about Students for a Democratic Society also has historical information.

24.  SNCC 1960-1966 - Six years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee .

25.  The 1960s: Years that Shaped a Generation

26.  The Anti-War Movement in the United States - History of the movement against the Vietnam War.

27.  The Guardian: 1960s section of a millennium project - Year-by-year articles on the highlights of the decade.

28.  UC Berkeley Library Social Activism Sound Recording Project: Anti-Vietnam War Protests

29.  Vietnam War Collection: This site forms part of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection. It provides free access to an impressive collection of political posters, leaflets and other ephemera relating to American student and youth protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

30.  Voices from the Underground: Radical Protest and the Underground Press in the Sixties - Online exhibit of items from the Alternative Press Collection at the University of Connecticut Libraries

31.  Willdorf, Barry - Bring the War Home. A semi-autobiographical novel of a student activist couple attempting to organize anti-war Marines in Southern California during the Vietnam War.

32.  Townsend, Kim. "Civil Disobedience: A Question Of Institutional Involvement." Massachusetts Review 53.4 (2012): 701-716. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=84570069&site=ehost-live

33.  "The Black Scholar Interviews: Muhammad Ali." Black Scholar 42.2 (2012): 14-21. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=83146112&site=ehost-live

34.  Hall, Simon. "To Stand Against The Storm: Draft Resistance And The Struggle Against The War In Vietnam." Reviews In American History 42.1 (2014): 169-173. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=94949048&site=ehost-live

35.  Kerry, John. "Vietnam Veterans Against The War Statement." Vietnam Veterans Against The War Statement (2009): 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=21213382&site=ehost-live

36.  Lieberman, Robbie, and Ian Lekus. "Introduction." Peace & Change 29.3/4 (2004): 349-352. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=13246194&site=ehost-live

37.  Garfinkle, Adam. "Aftermyths Of The Antiwar Movement." Orbis 39.4 (1995): 503. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9510094447&site=ehost-live\

38.  Lembcke, Jerry. "The Times, They Changed." Chronicle Of Higher Education 56.33 (2010): B7-B8. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=50245228&site=ehost-live

39.  Isserman, Maurice. "The Flower In The Gun Barrel." Chronicle Of Higher Education 54.8 (2007): B14-B15. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=27229565&site=ehost-live

40.  Lisnoff, Howard. "Reflecting Back On The May Day Actions." Humanist 61.3 (2001): 36. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=4388976&site=ehost-live

41.  Semas, Philip W. "Student Journalists Of 1970 Return To Kent State 30 Years After." Chronicle Of Higher Education 46.36 (2000): B2. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=3075984&site=ehost-live

Music from Vietnam War period

1.      Anti-war Songs a website collecting thousands of antiwar songs from all over the world

2.      Folk&More: Songbook & Tabs a growing collection of chords, tabs, and lyrics of anti-war songs from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley

3.      History in Song - Includes annotated texts about American history, from Revolutionary War songs to 1960's anti-war protests.

4.      Soldiers' Songs - Army ballads from World Wars I and II, Vietnam, American and Irish civil wars, Boer War, Irish rebellions. Includes military history of each song.


Academic Search Premiere, JSTOR and Literature Research Center Articles

How to open articles. Click on the BLUE link under the citation information for each article. Articles are already in MLA format. Then enter the username and password for the article database

 The Things They Carried (literary analysis essays)

1.       Clarke, Michael Tavel. "I Feel Close To Myself": Solipsism And US Imperialism In Tim O'brien's "The Things They Carried." College Literature 40.2 (2013): 130-154. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=89005965&site=lrc-live

2.       Smiley, Pamela. "The Role Of The Ideal (Female) Reader In Tim O'brien's The Things They Carried: Why Should Real Women Play?." Massachusetts Review 43.4 (2002): 602. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9114662&site=lrc-live

3.       Wesley, Marilyn. "Truth And Fiction In Tim O'brien's If I Die In A Combat Zone And The Things They Carried." College Literature 29.2 (2002): 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=6542571&site=lrc-live

4.       Kaplan, Steven. "The Undying Uncertainty Of The Narrator In Tim O'brien's The Things They Carried." Critique 35.1 (1993): 43. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9603273394&site=lrc-live

5.       Blyn, Robin. "O'brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED." Explicator 61.3 (2003): 189. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=10205665&site=lrc-live

6.       Calloway, Catherine. "`How To Tell A True War Story': Metafiction In The Things They Carried." Critique 36.4 (1995): 249. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9509102976&site=lrc-live

7.       Kazemek, Francis E. "The Things They Carried: Vietnam War Literature By And About Women In The Secondary Classroom." Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 42.3 (1998): 156. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=1235746&site=lrc-live

8.       Smith, Lorrie N. "`The Things Men Do': The Gendered Subtext In Tim O'brien's Esquire Stories." Critique 36.1 (1994): 16. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9412273936&site=lrc-live

9.       Chen, Tina. "`Unraveling The Deeper Meaning': Exile And The Emboided Poetics Of Displacement In Tim O'brien's.." Contemporary Literature 39.1 (1998): 77. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=465106&site=lrc-live

10.   "Battles Are Always Fought Among Human Beings, Not Purposes": Tim O'brien's Fiction As A Response To The Crisis Of Modernity." Renascence 66.1 (2014): 25-45. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=95528889&site=lrc-live

11.   Jacobsen, Teresa L. "Mystery." Library Journal 137.14 (2012): 80. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=79786475&site=lrc-live

12.   Morace, Robert A. "The Things They Carried." Magill’S Literary Annual 1991 (1991): 1-4. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=103331MLA199111760019100402&site=lrc-live

13.   Williams, Donna Glee. "Tim O’Brien." Critical Survey Of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition (2001): 1-3. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=103331CSSF13310120000432&site=lrc-live

14.   Silbergleid, Robin. "Making Things Present: Tim O'brien's Autobiographical Metafiction." Contemporary Literature 50.1 (2009): 129-155. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=43799614&site=lrc-live

15.   Smith, Jack. "The Things He Carries: For Tim O'brien, The Vietnam War Has Remained A Crucible In His Fiction, But The Power Of Imagination And Memory, And 'Our Elusive Interior Worlds,' Loom Large, Too." Writer (Kalmbach Publishing Co.) 123.7 (2010): 16-47. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=51307963&site=lrc-live

16.   Nomura, Koki. "Symbolic Aesthetics In Tim O'brien's "The Man I Killed.." Short Story 16.1 (2008): 87-95. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=36010019&site=lrc-live

17.   ROBINSON, DANIEL. "Getting It Right: The Short Fiction Of Tim O'brien." Critique 40.3 (1999): 257. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=1672527&site=lrc-live

18.   Timmerman, John H. "Tim O'brien And The Art Of The True War Story: 'Night March' And 'Speaking Of Courage'." Twentieth Century Literature 46.1 (2000): 100. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=3356153&site=lrc-live

19.   Kaufmann, Michael. "The Solace Of Bad Form: Tim O'brien's Postmodernist Revisions Of Vietnam In "Speaking Of Courage." Critique 46.4 (2005): 333-343. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=17996782&site=lrc-live

20.   King, Rosemary. "O'brien's HOW TO TELL A TRUE WAR STORY." Explicator 57.3 (1999): 182. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=1982568&site=lrc-live

21.   Cordle, Daniel. "In Dreams, In Imagination: Suspense, Anxiety And The Cold War In Tim O'brien's The Nuclear Age." Critical Survey 19.2 (2007): 101-120. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=26656131&site=lrc-live

22.   Faubion, S. Renée. "“The Savage Ethic Of Speech”: Tim O'brien's “Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong” As Travel Narrative." Critique 55.3 (2014): 318-328. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=95861631&site=lrc-live

23.   Irwin, Archibald E. "Night." Masterplots II: British & Commonwealth Fiction Series (1987): 1-3. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=103331BCF12319220000273&site=lrc-live

24.   Jones, Myra H. "The Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong." Masterplots II: Short Story Series, Revised Edition (2004): 1-3. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=103331MSS22569240001485&site=lrc-live

25.   Bonn, Maria S. "Can Stories Save Us? Tim O'brien And The Efficacy Of The Text." Critique 36.1 (1994): 2. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9412273934&site=lrc-live

26.   Melley, Timothy. "Postmodern Amnesia: Trauma And Forgetting In Tim O'brien's In The Lake Of The Woods." Contemporary Literature 44.1 (2003): 106. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9938411&site=lrc-live

Worthington, Marjorie. "The Democratic Meta-Narrator In In The Lake Of The Woods." Explicator 67.2 (2009): 120-123. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=36984625&site=lrc-live

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