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Decades Project Reminders

December 7, 2017 by Marcie Gorsuch   

1920’s        1930’S     1940’S     1950’S     1960’S     1970’S     1980’S

USE YOUR TIME WISELY.     Presentation date =  ________________________

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: Individual grades for out of class project – presentation planned as a group.

   Part ONE: CREATE A DBQ: 1/3 of the grade    Due by December 18 (last day of school prior to exams).  Reminder: Your fill in template should be copied and pasted into a word document and then completed per your individual topic.  It can be found at the very end of this post.

  • Topic: Select an event/topic which dominated headlines from your decade. (Hint: look over the the list provided at the end of this assignment.) Make sure that it was among those most important for the decade. Get this topic approved before you begin. THIS MAY NOT BE THE SAME TOPIC AS YOUR VISUAL ASSIGNMENT.  Look for themes that would be arguable.  Sample topics are listed below. Assess the significance of this event/topic. You will create a collection of 6 primary documents (includes pictures, graph, chart, table, speech, law, journal entry) from this time period. You should incorporate a variety of items. For example, don’t include 6 pictures. You must create a DBQ question which would require the writer to examine this time period in an arguable fashion.  Each item must be labeled A- F and must be titled with year, source included. Under each item you must write out the purpose, intent and creator. Be sure to explain each and not simply list.  Check to make sure all items have copied clearly.  You will be given a computerized format to fill in for this part. Title this by topic. Always check your spelling.  * I am available before/ after school most days if you need help.
  • Outside information related to the topic chosen= Suggestions for content information TIMELINE, people involved, cause/effects, related vocabulary, area affected-map-if applicable, etc. Ask for help if you need it. Then you must identify and explain at least 15 relevant items of outside information related to the time period.

Part 2: FULL SIZE POSTER   1/3 of the grade  DUE on presentation day.

  • Topics: You will be given a decade specific list of the topics that you must choose from.  If you would like to complete a poster related to the topic you are speaking about, please clear it with me.  It will not be accepted late.
  • Assess the significance of your topic.  Do not simply give a laundry list of facts.  Content must be relevant and accurate.
  • Include a title = topic and always check your spelling. Include a timeline (counts as 1 of your visuals) with your topic highlighted or bold printed on it.
  • a minimum of 10 visual elements (may be Xeroxed, drawn or from computer) on Full poster size or Trifold; attached neatly and in an appealing manner, no loose items w/captions on all visuals, These captions should not be ALL of your information.
  • Content information =Suggestions for explaining this content information/visuals = people involved, cause/effects, related vocabulary, area affected-map, etc. Ask for help if you need it. Hint: Create subtitles related to your content information and break them information into titles boxes so that your visual doesn’t look unorganized.

PART THREE– Classroom Experience 1/3  Presentation– Make us feel like we are in the decades assigned! Bring in music, short video clips, pictures, props, popular foods, dress up, etc. Remember the examples given in class. This presentation must be done on the date assigned!

You have chosen a topic that you are interested in to discuss. Each person has about 3-4 minutes to inform us about whatever their chosen topic is. (example fashion, music, movies, sports, Presidents,cars,event, etc.

INTRODUCTION TO THE DECADE MUST BE MADE.  Group choice on how this will be handled. By one or all or video clip, etc.  Don’t simply stand up and start talking.

EACH PERSON in the group will dress up (have someone take a group pic of your group and email it to me), speak about their topic, bring a poster and food item, teach us to dance and help clean up when done.

  • Present your decade information briefly by reviewing your topic with the class. Try not to read straight from your notes but you may use a note card. What is fun or memorable about your decade? Who were the people we should associate with your decade? Why were they significant?
  • Make it interesting by using a trivia game, competition, dress up, etc.
  • Create the atmosphere with a Group background slide– concert, Drive – in, movie theatre; speakeasy, soup kitchen, disco, soda shop, etc.  What were people doing for fun in your decade? What were they concerned about? Fads? Headlines in the news? Celebrities of the day? Popular toys? New inventions?  Popular Dance? (Show us how.)  Bring in sample sizes of the popular foods. Ask for ideas. You may want to have a different slide for each speaker related to their topic.

You will have 30 minutes min-35 max to present. This includes take down for the next group. You will have to watch your time carefully so that everyone has time for his or her topic.

  • Show us your assigned information (you may want to set them up as stations or present them throughout your presentation) and give us the most important information related to your event. You will not have time to cover all information on your poster. DO NOT read the poster or your notes to us. Games are an interesting way to address the information .Dress up as a famous person or in the fashion of the day! Remember the suggestions given during class.
  • Your group should have a presentation plan which is updated with each meeting as to the order and responsibilities of each group member for presentation day. You have plenty of class time to work on this so use it wisely.  Let me know if you have any questions and get started now!  This is going to be as fun and interesting as you make it!!!!

1920’S    Prohibition      Republican Presidencies   Harlem Renaissance     Scopes Trial      Wall Street Crash

Women’s Changing Roles    Stock Market Crash     Nativism-Red scare     Organized Crime  Charles Lindbergh

  1930’S     Hoover’s Presidency              FDR”s Presidency- foreign policy        Bonus March on Washington        Great Depression          New Deal Programs = Relief, Recovery, Reform      Neutrality Acts

Rise of the Labor Unions       Dust Bowl                  Eleanor Roosevelt       Opposition to FDR

1940’S    World War [email protected] Home      War in Europe     War in the Pacific        D- Day            Manhattan Project (Bombing of Hiroshima &     Japanese American Internment (Korematsu v. US)          Wartime Conferences        Women in the Military

Legacy of WWII – United Nations              Postwar: Cold War/ Containment       GI Bill

 1950’S   Korean War           Civil Rights          McCarthy’s “Red Hunt”            Arms Race

2nd Red Scare       CIA –Espionage        Desegregation of the Schools   Montgomery Bus Boycott     Conformity    Presidencies of the 1950’s        US foreign policy of the 1950’s

  1960’S    Civil Right Movement        Vietnam War (1960’s only)          Bay of Pigs invasion

Cuban Missile Crisis          Protest in the 1960’s    JFK’s Presidency/assassination

MLK,Jr. Nonviolent protests                LBJ’s Great Society     Black Power and Race Riots

The Warren Court          Women’s Rights movement

 1970’S    Vietnamization and the Fall of Saigon      Camp David Accords    American Indian Movement

Watergate         Nixon’s Presidency     Détente w/China & USSR        Gerald Ford’s Presidency

Jimmy Carter’s Presidency            Iranian hostage crisis                   Environmental movements

 1980’S   Reagan’s Presidency-Reaganomics   Rise of Conservatism        SDI=Star Wars   US – Soviet Relations

Challenger Explosion          US foreign policy in the Middle East    Sandra Day O’Connor          Iran/Contra Affair        Renewal of the Cold War      Bush Presidency        End of the Cold War             Persian Gulf War


Name__________________________ class period _____

AP United States History Document Based Question (DBQ)

 Complete this to earn your CREATE A DBQ portion of your final project.


DBQ Time Period:

 For each of your documents you should include the following information.

Document identification (letter of document, title, date when available) and then below the document (picture, cartoon, law, newspaper clip, summary, Song lyrics, journal excerpt, speech, etc.)  You do not have to put each document on a separate page just use your judgment so that each document is clear and your information is complete.

Include the actual lettered, titled and legible documents.

American History Document Based Question

Directions: The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A-F and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. High scores will be earned only by essays that both cite key pieces of evidence from the documents and draw on outside knowledge of the period.

Prompt / Question:   Include a specific time period, topic (what you expect the reader to do with the topic), and a higher level thinking verb (ex. Analyze, evaluate, etc.) Remember that you will need an argumentative related prompt.

For each of the documents, follow the format below. Make sure all items are clear and legible.   Make sure that you have a variety of documents related to your specific topic. Make sure that each document used has information related to date, source, etc. included.



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               INSERT  DOCUMENT HERE


LIST and EXPLAIN at least 15 SPECIFIC, EXPANDED FACTS ABOUT YOUR DBQ TOPIC BELOW THAT COULD BE USED AS OUTSIDE INFORMATION RELATED TO YOUR TOPIC.  Review your prompt and think of the information needed to take a stand related to the argument. Each of these should be a few sentences up to a paragraph in length.

(Explain how this information relates to the topic = how can it be used to answer the prompt)  Include what you would expect the student to know about the topic given.  Example: causes/effects, people involved, vocabulary w/definitions, ETC. SENTENCES ARE NOT NECESSARY
















*******Now go back and cut out the directions/subtitles that your were given to complete this assignment, keeping the traditional DBQ directions. Keep all bold printed subtitles and directions.

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