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Letter to the Qianlong Emperor

Task

Description

You are an assistant to King George III of England and you have been given a letter from the Qianlong Emperor addressed to your King.  As His Royal Consultant, you have been asked to respond to China's emperor.  You and your partner will write a letter to the Qianlong Emperor.  You will work with a partner to ensure the most  forceful yet diplomatic letter possible.  In your letter, you will identify 3 examples of the Qianlong Emperor.  In your letter you will identify three examples of the Qianlong Emperor's isolationist views.  Then you will include three examples of England's imperialist policies towards China.

Expectations

Make sure that you:

  • type a minimum of a one page letter
  • use complete sentences, excellent grammar, paragraph structure, correct spelling
  • write an opinionated letter (Do you like the Qianlong Emperor?)
  • write forcefully yet diplomatically (appropriate language)
  • identify and explain three examples of the Emperor's isolationist policy
  • provide an overall explanation of why his policies are bad for England
  • identify and explain three examples of England's imperialist policies towards China
  • provide an overall explanation of why England's policies are good for England

Be prepared to read your letter to the class!

 

Rubric


Presentation
5
Neatly types at least a 1 page paper
3
Types less than a 1 page paper or hand writes 2 pages
1
Hand writes 1 page
0
Not completed
 
Grammar and Structure
5
Uses paragraph structure, complete sentences, excellent spelling and grammar
3
One of the criteria is missing
1
2 of the criteria are missing
0
Not completed
 
Viewpoint
5
Writes opinionated letter; demonstrates anti Chinese and pro British stance, uses forceful language, is diplomatic
3
One of the criteria is missing
1
2 of the criteria is missing
0
Not completed
 
Examples of Isolationism
5
Accurately identifies & explains 3 of Emperor's isolationist policies
3
Accurately identifies & explains 2 policies or identifies 3 policies but doesn't explain them
1
Accurately identifies & explains 1 policy or identifies 2 policies but doesn't explain them
0
Not completed
x3 =
Explanation of Emperor's Policies
5
Clearly explains why the Emperor's policies are bad for England 
3
Less clearly explains why the Emperor's policies are bad for England
1
Fails to clearly explain why the Emperor's policies are bad for England
0
Not completed
 
Examples of Imperialism
5
Accurately identifies & explains 3 of England's  policies of imperialism
3
Accurately identifies & explains 2 policies or identifies 3 policies but doesn't explain them
1
Accurately identifies & explains 1 policy or identifies 2 policies but doesn't explain them
0
Not completed
x3 =
Explanation of England's Policies
5
Clearly explains why England's policies are good for England
3
Less clearly explains why England's policies are good for England
1
Fails to clearly explain why England's policies are good for England
0
Not completed
 
Oral Presentation
3
Clearly & slowly reads to class
N/A
1
Reads letter to class
0
Not completed

Total = __________/ 58 points

 


 
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