Directions for the Process:

You will be researching an American invention using at least 3 print sources and 3 internet sources. The invention must have been made between 1873 and 2004. I suggest you choose an invention that is at least 40 years old. You will keep a Process log listing the sources used in your research and your reflections. You will write an annotated bibliography of what you chose to use, as well as what you chose to put aside and why.

Group Work:

You will work in groups of 4 to complete your research and project production. See Task hyperlink at left for more information on group roles. Record the information you find on the Historical Content Chart.

Your Choice: (Choose only one option)

You will create a 3 minute Microsoft Windows Movie in which you interview someone who was alive 40-50 years earlier when the invention was at an earlier state of development. The film clip of the oral interview should last no longer than 1 minute. The entire movie should include both still video (photos) covering topics the historical background of the invention (such as the political, economic, cultural and technological inventions at the time) and the oral history interview. The goal is to chronicle the history of the invention and the effects of the invention on American culture.

OR

You will create a 5 minute powerpoint to chronicle the history of the invention and the effects of the invention on American culture. You will insert into powerpoint the Microsoft Windows Movie in which you interview someone who was alive 40-50 years earlier when the invention was at an earlier state od development.

 

It's Showtime!

We will view the powerpoints or movies together as a class and write peer evaluations of each presentation.

 

Beyond

As a class, we will create a timeline which shows the progression of American Inventions from 1873 to the present. Will will chart the major political, economic, cultural and technological influences. Make it beautiful and easy to read. This timeline will be posted in the classroom throughout the rest of the school year as a reference point in our studies of American history.