War II changed the United States and the world. This project gives you, individually or with a partner in your class section, the chance to study a topic from the war and share your findings with others. For this project you will learn a great deal about an important topic from the war and then teach other students about it.
Choose a topic from an area of the war that interests you. This might include the homefront, military or political leaders, the economy, battles, the contributions of a particular group -- your choices are almost limitless. Since this class is about American history, focus on the U.S. and its role in the war. You may NOT research the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, or the internment of Japanese-Americans since we will study those topics as a class. Since you will present your research in class, each student or pair in a class must have a different topic. Topics must be approved by your teacher so, while you may change your topic, you must check with your teacher first.
Create a power point, other computer visual, or a poster or series of posters to use during your presentation. Your teacher will show you examples of past projects and the rubric is the last page of this handout. The visual should be attractively presented, large enough to see clearly from the back of the room, and should help the audience better understand your topic. If you choose to do a computerized presentation, it is your responsibility to make sure it is compatible with the school’s computers. If you are unable to present on time due to compatibility, email, or other computer issues, your work will be graded as late. PLEASE check on computer issues at school BEFORE the due date! Your visual teaching resource must be submitted, and you must be prepared to present, on the date the project is due. Email computer visuals to your teacher and turn posters in during class with your name and class hour written on the back. --------- You must cite the sources of your information, including visuals, on your poster or power point.
Find at least four valuable sources (six for partner projects) on your topic, including books, articles, videos, and websites. A good source will provide different perspectives on your topic, which means each source is not telling you the same information over and over again. Not every source that you find will be useful, so your bibliography should include only those sources that you actually use – which will be more than the minimum number of sources in many cases. Your bibliography should include at least one contemporary source, meaning that it was produced during the period of the war. The librarian or your teacher can assist you with this. Type your annotated bibliography using the proper form. Your bibliography must include a variety of sources and encyclopedias, almanacs or Wikipedia will count as only one of your four or six sources. While you may use your textbook, it does not count toward your four or six minimum sources. Your annotation should clearly state what information this source provided.
Using your visual and focusing on the thesis you created, present your topic to the class in a well- organized and interesting manner. Presentations must be no less than 5 minutes and no more than 8. There will be a deduction for presentations that do not meet the time requirements. Your information should clearly explain the who, what, when, where, why, and how of your topic. You may use note cards or an outline during your presentation, but you must talk to the class rather than read to the class. The notes used during your presentation must be turned in to your teacher presentation.
A NOTE ABOUT PARTNER PROJECTS:
Partner presentations must be 7-12 minutes and both partners must present equally. Presentation notes and artifacts are individual grades, not part of the partner project
You will be required to take notes during each of your classmate’s presentations. One sheet will be given to you for this purpose and you will use your own paper once that sheet has been completed. All of your notes will be stapled together and turned in at the conclusion of presentations in your class. Your notes will be an Effort grade.
You may earn extra credit if you bring in and share an ARTIFACT from World War II (An artifact is an object made by human beings that tells something about the past.) During World War II countless artifacts associated with the war were created and many of them still exist in drawers, attics, scrapbooks, basements, and displays. Your artifact may NOT be a weapon and must relate directly to World War II—not just be from that time period. When you bring the artifact, be prepared to describe its purpose and how this was important to the war.
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