Morale after Fredericksburg

Sample Student Responses

Proficient responses

Level Description
Proficient

Question 1: Student explains that one letter is not representative of the morale of the entire Union Army or that the author’s perspective is limited.


Question 2
a. Student rejects the source and explains that it contradicts Green’s position, that it does not provide direct evidence of morale, or that a public speech by a politician does not necessarily provide accurate information about morale. 


b. Student explains that this would be a useful source for corroborating Green’s position because it is relevant in time and detail.


c.  Student rejects the source because it describes the experience of Confederate soldiers, not other Union soldiers. Additionally, students might also note that the letter was written two years before Green's account.


In this response, the student clearly demonstrates an understanding that a single account may not represent the feelings of a larger group.
This student has shown a keen understanding about whether each of these three documents could be used to corroborate Green's account.

Emergent responses

Level Description
Emergent

Question 1: Student shows some understanding of the limits of using a single letter to gauge the morale of the entire Union Army. However, the student does not provide a full explanation. 


Question 2

 a.  Student rejects the speech but provides only a partial explanation of the problems of using it to support Green's claims. 

 

b. Student correctly notes that it would support Green's claims but provides only a partial explanation of why it does.

 

c.   Student rejects the letter but provides only a partial explanation of why. 

 


Basic responses

Level Description
Basic

Question 1: Student does not identify the limitations of using a single letter to determine the morale of the entire Union Army.


Question 2

a. Student does not reject the source or provides an unclear explanation.

 

b. Student rejects the source or provides an unclear explanation.

 

c. Student does not reject the source or provides an unclear explanation.

 

This student does not provide a clear explanation of why Green's account may not represent the sentiments of the entire Union Army.