PART 4: The Final Project and PART 5: Presentation

PART 4: The Final Project and PART 5: Presentation

 

PART 4: The Final Project (100 pts)

Once the time period and family research has been done, the next step is to represent your findings in a medium of your choice. This is where you can use your creativity! You could write an historical short story that recreates the time period and the family’s experiences from the perspective of a family member, you could create a webpage or video, or even a digital scrapbook or interactive map to document your findings. For an even more creative option, you might create a visual diary, letters between family members, a painting, artistic representation, etc. For something more traditional, you could write a research paper that presents your findings. However, whatever you do, you must be sure to incorporate your understanding of the time period through footnoting (or accompanying essay if something artistic), as discovered through your historical research (see sample projects in BB).

 

EXAMPLE: So in the case of my example, if I wrote a short story about my ancestors’ experiences from 1837-1839, I would explain their arrival according to historical documents regarding immigrant processing in New York in 1837. I would then need to research typical transportation patterns (train? horse and buggy?), as well as migration patterns of the French to the state of Ohio. If I speculate that a child died during the trip, what would be a typical cause of death on such a trip? What would they have done with the body? In short, anything I put into my story needs to have some research behind it (either from your family history, or from historical research). I would use footnotes to demonstrate my understanding of history and document my sources.

 

The final project is due 5/6 in Bb.

 

Criteria

Points

Recovers and recreates lost period in family history with level of detail that reflects genealogical documents and historical research

35

Demonstrates clear understanding of intersection of socio-historical context and personal history (in other words, the projects sees the ways in which history impacted their family’s lives)

35

Contains appropriate research documentation and references (this will vary according to project, but will interweave the information or point to it in footnotes or separate essay)

20

Presented in a clear, polished manner, regardless of medium/format

10

Total

100

 

 

PART 5: Presentation (20 pts)

Your presentations should include a brief overview of the time period and your family’s place within it, an explanation of the form you chose and why (short story, essay, etc.), a look at your actual project, and a statement about the most significant discovery you made, and what it means to you. It should be about 5 minutes in length.

 

Presentations will begin on our last day of class (5/6) and continue into finals (if necessary).

 

Criteria

Points

Brief overview of time period and family’s place within it

5

Explanation of form and Presentation of project (reading part of it, showing it on camera, etc.)

5

Explanation of most significant discovery and what it means to you

5

Feedback to two students

5

Total

20