Dar Essay Topic 2015 Ford

GRANGEVILLE — A regional essay contest made way for Grangeville Elementary Middle School social studies teacher Betty Nafziger to open a new historical chapter for her eighth grade students.

The Alice Whitman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lewiston, sponsored its annual essay contest which for 2014 was themed viewing Ellis Island through a child’s eyes.

“It’s not a piece of history I normally teach, but it was good to be able to add it and spend a little time on it,” said Nafziger, who has had the opportunity to visit New York as part of a history teacher program.

Having her students write essays on Ellis Island paid off for Nafziger and her students – in more ways than one.

Student Jillian Hausladen earned first place in the contest while Chloe Dame and Danny Kaschmitter received honorable mentions.

“Not only was there the historic study and the process of writing the essays – which included typing and formatting correctly – but Jillian will now have the experience of public speaking when she reads her essay at the DAR meeting,” Nafziger said.

Hausladen has been invited to read her essay and receive a monetary award and certificate at the Feb. 21 meeting in Lewiston.

Hausladen wrote 942 words in her piece titled “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

An excerpt from Hausladen’s essay reads:

“We were finally let off the ferry at Ellis Island. I was so happy to be on solid ground again, I almost couldn’t stand. Maybe that was because the ground still felt like it was moving beneath my feet. The building we were ushered into was beautiful with a very high staircase that we were required to climb. A man came to take our bags and I half-heartedly handed them over, for he seemed trustworthy enough. My head felt like it was going to explode. It was so loud and there were so many different accents and languages that were unfamiliar and that I did not understand. I only hoped to hear a glimmer of the High German that my family spoke, but alas I couldn’t make out anything familiar in this jumble of bodies, voices, and bags.”

Nafziger said she is proud of all her students for their hard work on the project.

“There were some really good thoughts and stories. They put a lot of work into this,” she said.

Hausladen’s essay will now be forwarded to the state level for competition with other chapter winners from Idaho.

DAR Topic 2017-18

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR

"World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars"


The end of World War I was the beginning of a new age.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  Imagine you are living in 1918.  State where you are living and how the end of the war will impact your daily life.  Discuss the pros and cons of the changes this War introduced to society and how you imagine those changes will impact the US in the years to come.

Rough Drafts should be completed the week of October 6, 2017

Final Due Date: November 3, 2017

Research sites for information to get you going:

Crash Course in WWI


Results of WWI


History.com World War I video


History.com World War I Legacy of the War video


PBS - The Great War: American Experience (You have to use a membership to view this video)


America's Homefront During WWI


YouTube Videos about WW1 Propaganda


The Atlantic - WWI Issue (Thank you for guiding me here, Tod!)



Effects of WWI on America - Historama


National Archives - WWI Centennial


World War 1 - Primary Sources - Docs Teach


PBS Newshour - How does WWI impact the US today?


From Syria to Black Lives Matter - Three ways WWI impacts America today


WWI Propaganda Slides


Library of Congress



Lots of links and information at the Library of Congress site... 

Find Primary Sources for your research


Women in War


Effects of WWI on America





Great article on effects of war - and on children


How War Changed the role of Women in America


The Week.com - The Women of World War 1


Impact of WWI on Virginia


Virginia Women and the First World War


Richmond Times Dispatch WWI and Virginia's Role


I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning:

  • Where are you “living”?
  • Have you or anyone in your “family” been directly involved in the Great War or the War Efforts on the homefront?
  • Did anything (an event of the war, loss of finances, women taking on jobs, loss of property, new industry, having to move, propaganda, etc.) during the war impact your daily life?
  • What were some positive changes that happened in America because of the Great War?
  • What were some negative changes that happened in America because of the Great War?
  • Do you think any of these changes will impact America, or the world, in years to come?
  • What are your plans moving forward from 1918?

Remember this is in Google Classrooms to organize for your pre-planning.  Ask Ms. Martin for the Class Code to access it online for you to type on it.

Writing the Bibliography can be tricky... students need to retain information from the resources they use to take notes. Then, they can format their bibliographies.




There are a lot more pages out there to help with Bibliographies, but these should get you started and keep you on track.

Here are some Bibliography Generators - put your information into it and they will generate your format:

•Citation Machine:






Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt


Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)


Sample for Title Page:

“World War 1: Remembering the War to End All Wars”



Hopewell, VA 23860



Carter G. Woodson Middle School

Grade X

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR

xxx words


Rubric for DAR Essay


Title Page

  • Title of Topic – “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars”
  • Contestant’s full name, address, phone, email
  • Contestant’s Grade level
  • Name of sponsoring DAR Chapter
  • Number of words in essay (600-1000)


  • At least 3 Sources
  • Sources are formatted correctly


Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes where you are living

Stayed on topic - the student describes how the end of the war will impact their daily life

Includes pros and cons of the changes the Great War introduced to society

Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)

Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage

Correct grammar throughout (verb tenses the same)

The student discusses how they imagine those changes will impact the US in years to come

*** Remember this paper is taking place AFTER THE WAR HAS ENDED! You are discussing changes the war brought after it has ENDED. 

All Essays 600-1000 words

Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink

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