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  • 1. National 5 History Assignment Assessment task This is the assessment task for the assignment Component of National 5 History Course assessment. It must be read in conjunction with the general assessment information for this Component of Course assessment. Valid from session 2013/14 and until further notice This assessment is given to centres in strictest confidence. You must keep it in a secure place until it is used. This edition: February 2013 (version 1.0) The information in this publication may be reproduced to support SQA qualifications. This publication must not be reproduced for commercial or trade purposes. This material is for use by assessors. © Scottish Qualifications Authority 2013
  • 2. Introduction This is the assessment task for the National 5 History assignment. This assignment is worth 20 marks. The marks contribute 25% of the overall marks for the Course assessment. The Course will be graded A–D. Marks for all Course Components are added up to give a total Course assessment mark which is then used as the basis for grading decisions. This is one of two Components of Course assessment. The other Component is a question paper. This assignment has one Section. This document gives marking instructions for assessors for the assignment component of this Course and instructions for candidates. It must be read in conjunction with the general assessment information for this component of Course assessment. The assessment instructions for candidates are provided in Appendix 1 and must be detached and given to the candidate. Equality and inclusion This Course assessment has been designed to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to assessment. Assessments have been designed to promote equal opportunities while maintaining the integrity of the qualification. For guidance on assessment arrangements for disabled candidates and/or those with additional support needs, please follow the link to the Assessment Arrangements web page: www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/14977.html Guidance on inclusive approaches to delivery and assessment in this Course is provided in the Course Support Notes. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 1
  • 3. Marking Instructions Part One: General Marking Principles for National 5 History assignment This information is provided to help you understand the general principles you must apply when marking candidate responses in this assignment.  Marks for each candidate response must always be assigned in line with these general marking principles and the specific Marking Instructions.  If a specific candidate response does not seem to be covered by either these principles or detailed Marking Instructions, or where they have researched an area in which you are unable to verify the knowledge which they have presented, and you are uncertain how to assess it, you must seek guidance from your Team Leader/Principal Assessor.  Marking should always be positive, ie marks should be awarded for what is correct and not deducted for errors or omissions.  The purpose of the History Resource Sheet is to support candidates in presenting the findings of their research. This should be no more than one single side of A4. It should not be marked. However, it may enable clarification of points which the candidate has made in the presentation of their evidence, and may allow markers to gain an insight into what the candidate intended.  In presenting their findings, candidates should show the following skills, knowledge and understanding: A. Explaining different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development. B. Using information from sources referred to, in order to support a factor. C. Using other information, to support a factor. D. Evaluating different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development. E. Organising the information to address the question or issue. F. Coming to a conclusion about the question. G. Supporting a conclusion with reasons and/or evidence. A. Explaining different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 2 marks. Candidates should identify the factors contributing to the causes or impact of an event or development and show the connection between this factor and the event or development. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 2
  • 4. B. Using information from sources referred to, in order to support factors Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 2 marks. They may reference their sources in a number of ways. One mark should be given for each accurate relevant key point of knowledge which is referenced up to a maximum of 2 marks. C. Using other information, to support a factor Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 4 marks. One mark should be given for each accurate relevant key point of knowledge used to support a factor, up to a maximum of 4 marks. D. Evaluating different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. Candidates should make evaluative comments on the factors they have identified, making clear their importance given the context of the event or development. E. Organising the information to address the question or issue Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. They may take different approaches to organising their findings. Candidates should structure their answers to show a degree of balance in their assessment of the factors. F. Coming to a conclusion about the question Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. Candidates may come to a conclusion at the end of their assignment or may provide a series of conclusions. Their conclusion should involve a qualitative judgement about the question or issue they set themselves. G. Supporting a conclusion with reasons and/or evidence Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. Reasons given should relate to the evidence presented. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 3
  • 5. Part Two: Detailed Marking Instructions These detailed marking instructions provide the basis on which the marking principles should be applied. These have also been presented in tabular form to assist markers to develop an overview of how the marking principles should be applied. Skills 1 A General Marking Instructions Explaining different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development Max Mark 2 Supported commentary Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 2 marks. Candidates should identify the factors contributing to the causes or impact of an event or development and show the connection between these factors and the event or development. two marks one mark Two or more different factors on the impact or cause of an event are identified but without any explanation. no mark National 5 History assignment: assessment task Two or more different factors on the impact or cause of an event are explained. No awareness of different factors. 4
  • 6. B Using information from sources referred to, in order to support a factor 2 Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 2 marks. They may reference their sources in a number of ways. One mark should be given for each accurate relevant key point of knowledge which is referenced up to a maximum of 2 marks. two marks one mark Using other information to support a factor 4 Evidence of information having been collected from one source which has been referred to clearly and directly. no mark C Evidence of information having been collected from at least 2 sources which have been referred to clearly and directly. Evidence is not referenced. Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 4 marks. One mark should be given for each accurate relevant key point of knowledge used to support a factor, up to a maximum of 4 marks. four marks three marks Three points of knowledge used. two marks Two points of knowledge used. one mark One point of knowledge used. no mark National 5 History assignment: assessment task Four points of knowledge used. No evidence is used. 5
  • 7. D Evaluating different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development 3 Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. Candidates should make evaluative comments on the factors they have identified, making clear their importance given the context of the event or development. three marks The question or issue is placed in its historical context and relevant comment is made on more than one viewpoint in relation to the context. two marks The question or issue is placed in its historical context and relevant comment is made on one viewpoint in relation to the context. one mark Relevant comment is made on one or more factors, but without relation to any context. no mark National 5 History assignment: assessment task No relevant comment is made on any factors. 6
  • 8. E Organising the information to address the question or issue 3 Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. They may take different approaches to organising their finding. Candidates should structure their answers to show a degree of balance in their assessment of the factors. three marks two marks There is a balanced argument showing at least two factors/areas of impact. one mark A narrative approach has been adopted. This is clearly presented from a single point of view which addresses the question. no mark National 5 History assignment: assessment task There is a well-balanced argument showing at least two factors/areas of impact, showing some balance within at least one factor/area of impact, recognising its limitations. The answer is disorganised with the evidence not being used to address the question. 7
  • 9. F Coming to a conclusion about the question 3 Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. Candidates may come to a conclusion at the end of their assignment or may provide a series of conclusions. Their conclusion should involve a qualitative judgement about the question or issue they set themselves. three marks two marks There is a conclusion which addresses the question. This will make a judgement about the question or issue. one mark There is a conclusion which relates to the topic. This will be a summary which fails to make a judgement. no mark National 5 History assignment: assessment task There is a conclusion which relates to the question. This will make a relative judgement about the factors in addressing the question or issue. There is no attempt to reach any conclusion in terms of the question or issue. 8
  • 10. G Supporting a conclusion with reasons. 3 Candidates can be credited in a number of ways up to a maximum of 3 marks. Reasons given should relate to the evidence presented. three marks two marks The judgement is supported with one reason related to the evidence presented. one mark At least one supporting reason is presented but does not relate to the evidence presented. no mark National 5 History assignment: assessment task The judgement is supported with more than one reason related to the evidence presented. There is no attempt to support the conclusion, or reasons do not relate to the evidence presented. 9
  • 11. Overview of marking instructions Skills Explaining different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development 0 marks 1 mark 2 marks No awareness of different factors. Two or more different factors on the impact or cause of an event are identified but without any explanation. Two or more different factors on the impact or cause of an event are explained. 4 marks Four points of knowledge used. Evidence of information having been collected from one source which has been referred to clearly and directly. Evidence of information having been collected from at least 2 sources which have been referred to clearly and directly. No knowledge is used. One point of knowledge used. Two points of knowledge used. Three points of knowledge used. No relevant comment is made on any factors. A relevant comment is made on one or more viewpoints, but without relation to any context. The question or issue is placed in its historical context and relevant comment is made on one factor in relation to the context. The question or issue is placed in its historical context and relevant comment is made on more than one factor in relation to the context. Using information from sources referred to, in order to support factors Evidence is not referenced. Using other knowledge to support factors Evaluating different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development 3 marks National 5 History assignment: assessment task 10
  • 12. Organising the information to address the question or issue The answer is disorganised with the evidence not being used to address the question. Coming to a conclusion There is no attempt to reach any conclusion in terms of the question or issue. Supporting a conclusion with reasons. (May be overall or may be after each factor.) There is no attempt to support the conclusion, or reasons do not relate to the evidence presented. A narrative approach has been adopted clearly presented from a single point of view which addresses the question. There is a conclusion which relates to the topic. This will be a summary which fails to make a judgement. At least one supporting reason is presented but does not relate to the evidence presented. National 5 History assignment: assessment task There is a balanced argument showing at least two factors/areas of impact. There is a balanced argument showing at least two factors/areas of impact, showing some balance within at least one factor/area of impact, recognising its limitations. There is a conclusion which addresses the question. This will make a judgement about the question or issue. There is a conclusion which addresses the question. This will make a relative judgement about the factors in addressing the question or issue. The judgement is supported with one reason related to the evidence presented. The judgement is supported with more than one reason related to the evidence presented. 11
  • 13. Appendix 1: Instructions for candidates This assessment applies to the assignment for National 5 History. History assignment The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to answer a historical question of your choice. This may be related to areas you have studied in class if you wish, but you are free to research any historical question. You may wish to use this opportunity to research areas of local history or an area of interest suggested by what you have studied in class. This assignment is worth 20 marks. The marks contribute 25% of the overall marks for the Course assessment. The Course will be graded A–D. It assesses the following skills, knowledge and understanding:  Choosing, with minimum support, an appropriate historical question.  Explaining different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development.  Using information to support factors.  Referring to sources.  Evaluating different factors contributing to the impact or causes of an event or development.  Organising the information to address the question or issue.  Coming to a conclusion about the question.  Supporting a conclusion with reasons. The assessment for the assignment will be in the form of a report of your findings. You must complete this report within one hour. You will have the History Resource Sheet which you should refer to as you produce a report of present your findings. This will help you produce your report of your assignment. You may use only one side of this single sheet. The History Resource Sheet should be submitted with your report of your findings to SQA for marking. This assignment has one Section. Your assessor will let you know how the assessment will be carried out and any required conditions for doing it. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 12
  • 14. History assignment In this assessment, you will: Choose a historical question How you can do this Choose a historical question which should allow you to:  find information on the event or theme you have chosen to study  show different points of view on your question  come to a conclusion which you can support with reasons The best questions to choose focus on an event or development and ask why it happened or what impact it had. The best types of question start with phrases such as:     To what extent did … How important was … How significant was … How far can it be argued that … These types of questions allow you to analyse and present your own conclusions based on your research. Your teacher/lecturer may support you by commenting upon the suitability of the event or development you have chosen and advise on the likely availability of resources. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 13
  • 15. History assignment In this assessment, you will: Use information from sources, saying which sources they are, in order to support each factor How you can do this This will involve a number of stages:  Collect information which will help you answer your question.  Take a note of where you found this information.  Identify the different factors contributing to the impact of the event or development, or different factors involved in causing the event or development.  Organise your information into which viewpoints or factors they support. Collecting information You should collect evidence relevant to a specific historical theme or event, from at least two distinct sources. These may be either primary or secondary sources such as:            websites newspapers/magazines/books (print or electronic) visits or fieldtrips television/video radio/podcasts libraries textbooks history books interviews letters, photographs, diaries etc other sources of information Try to take fairly detailed notes, using specific points of information where possible. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 14
  • 16. Taking a note of the source In presenting evidence from sources, you should say where the information comes from. This allows the reader to judge how useful the sources you have used really are. If you use a quote from a source, you may simply put the author, the type of source or title of the book, and the date if you know it. For example:  ‘Churchill was the greatest prime minister that Britain ever had’. (J. Bloggs, Britain in World War Two, 2011)  According to the Times newspaper in June 1915, …  You could also summarise a viewpoint from a longer source by saying: J. Bloggs suggests that Churchill was the best Prime Minister Britain has ever had. If you are vague in the way you refer to sources you will limit the number of marks available. For example:  Historians think…  People at the time believed…  Newspapers at the time said… If you collect information in a group, it is important that each person is able to provide individual evidence of their contribution to the research process. Identify the different factors As you research your event or development, you will find different points of view on the question you have chosen. If you have asked about the causes of an event or development, you will need to identify the different factors which contributed to that event or development. If you have asked about the impact of an event, you will need to identify different viewpoints the different ways in which things changed because of that event. Try to put them into a logical order. This may be short, medium and long term impact; most important to least important factor etc. Organise your information into which factors they support. Having identified your factors, you will need to organise the evidence you have found from your sources into which factor they best support. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 15
  • 17. History assignment In this assessment, you will: Use other information from your own knowledge to add further support to each factor How you can do this Think of what other information you know about this event or development. You don’t need to say where this information came from. Add this to the information you found in your research. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 16
  • 18. History assignment In this assessment, you will: Come to a conclusion about the factors and support this with reasons How you can do this Think about what the evidence from your research and your own knowledge tell you about the question you chose. If you have asked about why an event or development happened, you should make a judgment about which factor is more important in causing the event or development and explain why you think this one is more important than the others. If you have asked about the impact an event or development had, you should make a judgment about which impact is more important or significant and explain why you think this one is more important than the others. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 17
  • 19. Additional advice and guidance The History Resource Sheet You are able to have the History Resource Sheet with you when you produce the report of your findings. This is a single-sided sheet of A4 containing evidence you have collected during your assignment and where you found this evidence. There is no word limit for the Resource Sheet and there is no restriction on the types of evidence you put on it. It is there for you to refer to when you produce your report. However, you should not copy large chunks from this evidence. It is the way you use the evidence that is important.  You will report the findings of your assignment under supervision in up to 1 hour.  You will have the History Resource Sheet which you should refer to as you produce a report of present your findings. This will help you produce your report of your assignment. You may use only one side of this single sheet.  The History Resource Sheet should be submitted with your report of your findings. Working with others While you should choose your own topic to research, others in your class may have chosen a similar topic. It might be helpful to work part of the time with others when you are collecting information. If this is the case it is important that you are able to show what you have contributed to this part of your assignment and that the evidence you take into the assessment is your own work. National 5 History assignment: assessment task 18
  • 20. History Resource Sheet 1. Evidence 2. References National 5 History assignment: assessment task 19
  • 21. Administrative information Published: February 2013 (version 1.0) History of changes Version Description of change Authorised by Date Security and confidentiality This document can be used by practitioners in SQA approved centres for the assessment of National Courses and not for any other purpose. This document may only be downloaded from SQA’s designated secure website by authorised personnel. Copyright This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for assessment purposes provided that no profit is derived from reproduction and that, if reproduced in part, the source is acknowledged. If it needs to be reproduced for any purpose other than assessment, it is the centre’s responsibility to obtain copyright clearance. Re-use for alternative purposes without the necessary copyright clearance may constitute copyright infringement. © Scottish Qualifications Authority 2013 National 5 History assignment: assessment task 20