Create a driving question related to American culture/history. The question must be interpretive, not factual (i.e.: yes/no questions are out of bounds). You want a question that requires investigation and insight. This question will be related to a thematic unit. You should not use a specific issue we’ve studied or materials we’ve given you. You will create an answer to your question. It will not be a formal essay. It will be a short overview on the way you might approach your question. Think of your artifacts as puzzle pieces and your answer as the larger puzzle put together. Your answer should not be formal and need not address all of your artifacts.
Part Two: Artifacts
Find one of EACH of the following that somehow answers the question above. For each aspect, answer the following, What is it and why is it meaningful? How does this artifact illuminate your question?
· Poem or a Short Story
· Iconic Photograph
· Document (speech, diary entry, letter – some individual person’s expression or a document that captures the same)
· Oral History/Interviews
· Historical newspaper article
Choose FOUR or more from the following list and answer the SAME questions:
· Children's story
· Pop Culture Icon
· Film (including documentary)
· Website or other technological advancement/invention
· Person (real or make believe, alive or dead)
· Public art or architecture
· Other ideas?
For each chosen entry (the five required elements and four additional ones) you must have a hard copy of the entry. The project should also have a bibliography that includes each item. Remember, you are not randomly choosing artifacts. You should come up with a coherent answer to your question that is SUPPORTED by your artifacts.
Avoid obvious choices. There will be no Statues of Liberty, Declarations of Independence, Constitutions, Washington Crossing the Delaware, American Flag, national anthem, state bird of Illinois (the cardinal), state rock of Michigan (the Petoskey stone), etc.
Create and submit a portfolio that contains:
a) Your answer to your driving question,
b) a copy of each artifact
c) Answers to the questions: What is it and why is it meaningful How does this artifact illuminate your question? for each artifact.
Notes on the oral history/interview: For this section of this project, you must interview five people who you think will have interesting perspectives on your question. If you find interviews conducted by others on your topic, you may use TWO, but no more.
· Write a brief summary of each conversation (one paragraph) include the name and age of the person
· Choose ONE of your interview subjects and create an illustrated version of your conversation (a visual representation of the interview event).
· For the interview you chose, answer the artifact questions: What is it and why is it meaningful? How does this artifact answer my question?
Part Three: Presentation
You will present as a part of a panel on the day of our final. The presentation and portfolio will count as your exam grade. The presentations will be in small group format. If possible, for the exam day, you will recreate the recipe in your project.
updated by Judy Gressel
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