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APUSH May 14- 18th

May 11, 2018 by Marcie Gorsuch   

It was exciting to see so many “thumbs up” after the exam. I am proud of you!

Monday / Tuesday – Lab time to complete your poster and scavenger hunt. Each person will complete their own.   Details for the project at the end of this post and handed out w/score sheet in class on Monday. ** USE YOUR TIME WISELY IN CLASS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY TO COMPLETE YOUR POSTER, SCAVENGER HUNT AND FINALIZE DETAILS WITH YOUR GROUP.

Wednesday – Many of you will be out for the AP Lang exam. If you are here, you can work on which parts of the project still need work.

Thursday / Friday / Monday – Decades Presentations in class * You will evaluate your group members.

  • You should be preparing for the final using your EOC study guide.

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U.S. HISTORY DECADES PROJECT –Individual 1920’S  1930’S  1940’S  1950’S  1960’S  1970’S   1980’S  1990’s

You have known about your decade since before Spring Break.  You should have made decisions about your costume and food by now.   Presentation dates start May 17th.  Your dates were announced last week.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: Individual grades for this project – presentation for each decade will be planned as a group but graded individually. *You will evaluate your group members after the presentation!

Part ONE:Scavenger Hunt: 1/3 of the grade  Completed in the lab and if not, you will have to finish it at home.      Content information related to the decades on a grid = scavenger hunt

  • Each group member must turn in a completed Scavenger hunt!
  • Accurate information

Part Two – Poster –1/3 of the grade    Use a full size POSTER related to your chosen topic of discussion or on one of the historical events listed below.

  • Approved topics have been selected on an individual basis. EACH member of the group must turn in a completed poster on presentation day!
  • Bring your poster to the lab and put it together here at school. You have time to get both poster and scavenger hunt done on Monday and Tuesday in class.
  • Include a title= topic and always check your spelling.
  • Include a timeline of you decade in American history with your topic in larger print or highlighted, unless you are discussing a non event such as music, sports,etc. 
  • a minimum of 7 visual elements(may be Xeroxed, drawn or from computer)  with captions on each visual
  • Use your space wisely.  Make it colorful and appealing.  NO LOOSE items!  Not accepted late!
  • Accurate Contentinformation =Suggestions for explaining this content information/visuals = people involved, cause/effects, related vocabulary, timeline, area affected-map, importance or relevance in history, etc.
  • Ask for help if needed. Hint: Create subtitlesrelated to your content information/break them information into titles boxes so that your poster doesn’t look unorganized.  You may work on it in my room after school.
  • Your poster will be on display during your presentation but doesn’t have to be incorporated into the presentation.
  • Topics below: Each person must pick a different topic than their other group members, whether it be a topic below or ONE TOPIC THAT YOU WERE INTERESTED IN.

1920’S Prohibition    Women’s Suffrage   Stock Market Crash    Sacco and Vanzetti   Trial  St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 1930’S     Bonus March on Washington        Great Depression      New Deal (1st/2nd)     The Dust Bowl      FDR’s Presidency 1940’S    World War II@ Home     D- Day   Manhattan Project   Cold War  War in the Pacific War in Europe/N. Africa     the Great Migration1950’S   Korean War     Civil Rights    McCarthy’s “Red Hunt”      Cold War Homefront       Baby boom   Warren court: Brown vs. Board of Education   Integration of baseball: Jackie Robinson      Truman’s Desegregation of the military1960’S    Vietnam War      Caesar Chavez (UFW)        Bay of Pigs invasion      Cuban Missile Crisis       Civil Rights: March on Washington/Voting Rights Act       Assassinations of Famous Leaders (JFK, Dr. King, RFK, Malcolm X)    LBJ’s Great Society1970’S    Fall of Saigon      Camp David Accords   Watergate: Ford’s Pardon    Environmental Movement      NOW        Iranian Hostage Crisis Supreme Court decisions (Roe v. Wade, Bakke) 1980’S Challenger Explosion     Reaganomics      Astronaut Sally Ride         Sandra Day O’Connor       Iran/Contra Affair         Cold War Ending   Exxon Valdez crisis 1990’s King Verdict Riots in LA      Oklahoma City Bombing      Impeachment of Pres. Clinton         NAFTA          Operation Desert Storm/Persian Gulf War


  • Try not to read straight from the paper. What is fun or memorable about your decade? Who were the people we should associate with your decade? Why were they significant? Touch on the highlights = interesting tidbits!  Stations are a good way for everyone to present.
  • Make it interesting by using props = pictures, yearbooks, music, inventions, toys, ads, technology (ex. VCR, CD) clothing, video or music clips. Be creative. If you can’t find the actual item bring in pictures of it. What would make it interesting to you? Souvenirs? Let me know if you need help.
  • Each person mustbring in food/snack/drink related to the decade. We must know if it was popular or new to the food scene.
  • Create the atmosphere – concert, Drive – in, movie theatre; speakeasy, soup kitchen, disco, soda shop, etc.  REQUIRED TO Use a background slide on a powerpoint to let us know “where” we are ex. Concert, drive in, on television, at a protest, in a speakeasy, at a sock hop, etc. Bring slides in on a jump drive!  * You should be able to select this in the computer lab Mon or Tues.
  • We must dance, eat and be educated!
  • What were people doing for fun in your decade? What were they concerned about? Fads? Headlines in the news? Celebrities of the day? Popular food? New inventions?
  • You will have a MIN 35 minutes MAX 38 minutes to present with time for set up/take down. The entire class will help with your set up, etc. Just be organized and communicate with us.  Plan wisely and include set up and clean up time.  Your classmates can help with this!  You can use the timer if you want.
  • Dress up as a famous person or in the fashion of the day! Many of these fashions are still current. Remember the suggestions given during class. You should be able to find fashions representative of the decade at home. You will not need to have a costume.
  • 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.  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!!!!
  • Let me know if you have any questions as you go.


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