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Daughters Of The American Revolution History Essay Contest

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

Olathe East senior Neelie Browne won the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Contest and a scholarship from the Olathe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, but her achievement involved much more than words.

To be eligible for the recognition, seniors first must demonstrate outstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism —the four hallmarks of a Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR, good citizen.

Each high school nominates one student for the DAR’s Good Citizen Award. The nominees then must obtain two letters of recommendation, document their academic and community accomplishments, outline their hopes for the future and describe how they demonstrate the four qualities of a DAR good citizen.

For those who choose to continue in the scholarship program, the final step is a 550-word essay on a given question. Students don’t know the question ahead of time and have two hours to write the essay without notes or other resources.

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The Good Citizen Award recipients from four Olathe high schools participated in the essay contest.

As the overall winner, Browne received a $300 scholarship from the Olathe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Cameron Jones from Olathe Northwest, Marissa Lux from Olathe North and Lilian Gray from Olathe South each received a $50 scholarship as finalists.

Opera comes to Forest View Elementary

If you think opera is too sophisticated for elementary school students, you probably haven’t heard of the Lyric Opera Express.

Students at Forest View Elementary certainly have. They’ve been on stage with professional singers, performing an opera that depicts one aspect of the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century.

As part of their professional development, Olathe district music teachers visited the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and learned about Lyric Opera Express, which provides materials to prepare students for an operatic debut.

In addition to music, staging guides and activity packets, members of the Lyric Opera conduct a workshop at the school and perform with students in “She Never Lost a Passenger: The Story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.”

The materials provide “information on the history of Harriet Tubman’s life, the key players in the Underground Railroad and even some of the secret coding used to help transport the slaves to freedom,” said Forest View vocal music teacher Julie Sluyter said. “Students are learning musical concepts while investigating the historical significance of this period.”

On performance day, four principal singers accompanied Forest View fifth-graders as they performed for third- and fourth-grade students.

The Lyric Opera Express troupe typically performs with up to 28 students, but the entire fifth-grade class of roughly 80 students were involved in Forest View’s production. It was the troupe’s largest performance to date, the Olathe district said.

Career pathway fair for seventh-grade families

Olathe Public Schools will host a career pathway fair March 21 for seventh-grade students and their families.

The open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m at Prairie Trail Middle School, 21600 W. 107th St. It allows students and parents the chance to explore high school courses, career fields and learn more about the 21st Century Academies.

Students are encouraged to bring their school-issued iPads in order to participate in activities during the event. Limited child care will be available, but families must contact their school counselor to make a reservation.

Grants support storefront upgrades in downtown Olathe

Olathe is offering help to downtown merchants who want to improve the exterior of their businesses, but they must apply by April 2.

The Downtown Storefront Improvement Grant aims to encourage commercial property owners — including businesses, offices, retail and food establishments — to enhance the design and appearance of their façades.

The city will fund up to half the cost of eligible improvements with a cap of $10,000 per property. Applicants cannot start work until receiving a formal decision from the city.

Visit OlatheKS.org/DowntownStorefront for details and eligibility.

Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Olathe News

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