Project #1– “Chapter 37”

Purpose – American history is an ongoing, never-ending affair where the news of today will be written in the history books of the future. The purpose of this project is to ensure that your knowledge of 20th and 21st century American history includes information about the present actions, policies, and developments in our great American nation.

The Project– Because our textbook was printed at the end of the presidency of George W. Bush, it has not yet been updated and ends at Chapter 36. Your job is to finish the textbook by crafting a “Chapter 37” that reflects upon recent federal elections, foreign policy, domestic agenda, and cultural history that have had an important impact upon, and are integral parts of, our modern times.

Directions – Class will be divided into four groups. Each group will be assigned to write one of the following sections of Chapter 37.

A. The elections of 2008 and 2010
B. Domestic policy of the Obama Administration
C. Foreign policy of the Obama Administration
D. Cultural history of the present day

1. The students in each group are responsible for writing the section of the chapter on their specific topic. Obviously, each group will immediately need to meet and discuss upon which area they will focus their search (so as not to duplicate topics). Each group member must focus on a separate topic in the area that has been assigned.

2. As a group, you will bring together your written research products and create a section of Chapter 37 (using the links to the left of this wiki). Upon completion of your written section, each group will also create a document that will assist in guided reading and review. This document will be given to the rest of the class. One class period will be designated for review of each other’s work and the completion of each guided reading and review.

3. Any and all information presented will become part of your class notes. In other words, you are responsible for the information on upcoming assessments.

4. Of course, class time will be allotted in the library to help you with your research and the compilation of materials.

Assessment - You will be assessed on content, supporting details, visuals and imagery, grammar, your sources, your guided review, and your rationale for why your topic is important enough to be included in an updated version of the textbook (please see the attached rubric). We will discuss all of these categories in class.


Suggested Topics – In an effort to help you begin the process, here are some suggested topics in each of the chapter content areas. You may choose another topic of interest, but I would suggest that you see me before you begin your research to ensure that it is appropriate and will provide you with enough material to complete this assignment.

1. Elections of 2008 and 2010
a. Primary race of 2008
b. Presidential election of 2008
c. The Tea Party
d. Republican victories in 2010
e. The impact of race and/or gender on the elections

2. Domestic Policy of the Obama Administration
a. Healthcare reform
b. Stimulating the economy
c. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
d. Guantanamo Bay and its prisoners
e. The housing crisis
f. Education reform
g. Immigration reform
h. New energy initiatives

3. Foreign Policy of Obama
a. The War in Afghanistan
b. The War in Iraq
c. Relations with China
d. Relations with North Korea
e. Preventing nuclear development in Iran
f. Promoting peace in the Middle East

4. Cultural History
a. New technologies in the early 21st century
b. Social networking and its impact
c. Census 2010 and the changing face of America
d. Poverty in the United States
e. The impact of the Great Recession
f. Youth movements, music, role models


Rubric – “Chapter 37” Project


Ten (10)
Nine (9)
Eight (8)
Seven (7)
Content
x 2
Content of chapter section contains detailed information that reflects deep learning; product reflects extensive research.
Content of chapter section contains relevant information that reflects student learning; product reflects moderate research.
Content of chapter section contains basic information that reflects cursory learning; product reflects limited research.
Content of chapter section contains scant information and reflects little learning; product reflects little or basic research.
Supporting Details
x 2
Content of chapter section is consistently supported by examples, key events, people, or issues in relation to the research topic
Content of chapter section is often supported by examples, key events, people, or issues in relation to the research topic
Content of chapter section is sometimes supported by examples, key events, people, or issues in relation to the research topic.
Content of chapter section is rarely supported by examples, key events, people, or issues in relation to the research topic
Visuals and Imagery
x 1
Chapter section uses several powerful and appropriate images and visuals to highlight the important information being presented
Chapter section uses appropriate images and visuals to highlight the important information being presented
Chapter section uses basic imagery and visuals to highlight the important information being presented
Chapter section fails to adequately use images and visuals to highlight the important information being presented.
Grammar
x 1
There are no mistakes in grammar or spelling in the final product.
There are one or two mistakes in grammar or spelling in the final product.
There are three or four mistakes in grammar or spelling in the final product.
There are multiple mistakes in grammar or spelling in the final product.
Bibliography
x 1
All work is based on rich and valid material from proper sources. All sources are properly cited in MLA format.
Most work is based on rich and valid material from proper sources. Most sources are properly cited in MLA format – one or two errors.
Some work is based on rich and valid material from proper sources. Some of the sources are properly cited in MLA format – three or four errors
Little work is based on rich and valid material from proper sources. Numerous errors are present in citing sources in MLA format.
Guided Reading and Review
x 1
Document easily directs user to extract the important information from corresponding text. All important topics are covered.
Document allows user to extract information from corresponding text with some effort. Some important topics have been omitted.
Document allows user to extract information from corresponding text with difficulty. Several important topics have been omitted.
Document is too difficult to use for note-taking. User is more likely to take personal notes. Many important topics have been omitted.
RationaleThe “So What?” Factor
x 2
Student CLEARLY defines and defends why the selected topic will be an important area of study for history students in the future
Student adequately defines and defends why the selected topic will be an important area of study for history students in the future
Student has difficulty defining and defending why the selected topic will be an important area of study for history students in the future
Student is unable to define or defend why the selected topic will be an important area of study for history students in the future