Published on March 10, 2014
Steps 3 & 4 K. Simpson 8th Grade South Carolina History HISTORICAL GENEALOGY PROJECT
Step Three: Historical Research •Step three consists of historical research on the four eras you have selected. We will be learning about these time periods in class, but you are to do further research as stated in the project directions. The textbook and student resource book will have much of what you need, but you may need to do some research online to gather more facts. You have access to our school library before school and during lunch if you do not have internet access at home. This is due April 4th.
What to Research: Step 3 • Create a historical timeline in the form of an essay on the assigned eras to be researched. Include a summary of the era, any major political actions/changes, important events in American or South Carolina history, and what life was like for your family member. Include any interesting details, facts, or accomplishments you learn about. Remember not all families have a famous person in their last four generations to write about, but everyone we will learn about has a special place in history and has contributed to how we live today, so share their story and be proud of them! • There is no page limit, but all areas addressed in these directions must be completely covered to receive full credit. • Change to original directions: This step will be the preliminary research for your historical eras, NOT AN ESSAY. I will be be looking at your notes taken.
Step Four: Final Essay • Changes: I would rather have images inserted into the essay and not on posters or PowerPoints for time-sake. If you have already started a poster, you may use it. • Combine the information you learned about your family members and the historical research for each era into a “time-line” essay format. This means put your essay in order by the oldest era to the newest. • Include images of your family members OR period appropriate images found on Google images that reflect the time period you are writing about. I would like these images embedded into the essay if at all possible or you create a collage page to add at the beginning of the essay. • Due date: April 25th • Example for final essay next…
Final Essay Example: Era-1914-1933 War, Prosperity and Depression My grandmother grew up during the Great Depression. She was only 10 when the stock market crashed. She can still remember why they call it "Black Friday”. On October 29, 1929 her dad came home in tears as if he was grieving for someone who had died. What he lost was his family's life savings. Like many other families during this time period, MawMaw's family stayed in their home as long as the money would last, but eventually had to move. They sold what they could before the banks came in and repossessed the rest. They left with just the clothes on their backs and a few heirlooms and had to move to her grandparents home in the Uwharries of North Carolina. She remembers having to eat a thin potato broth for months on end and craved meat because it was too expensive to buy back then. She still hoards away canned food and hides money in her house because she is terrified of having to live through another depression without much to eat. The era of 1914-1933 saw a time of great growth and many social and political reforms in American. My great grandfather had invested in the stock market during the Great War and was reaping the financial benefits. He had bought the family a new car, mortgaged a new home and lived what many would call the “sweet life” of the upper middle-class. But mirrored by the Golden Age that brought my family prosperity came the bleak dark times of depression……(continue adding facts, major events, ect and move on to the next era)
Online Resources: • http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/eras.html • http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/great_dep ression.html • https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era • http://kids.usa.gov/history/time-periods/index.shtml • http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/africanamerican/8.html • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart8.html • http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/history/dolchp03.htm • http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/era.cfm?eraID=16&smtID=2 • http://whatsgoingonnow.org/times/vietnam-era • http://americasbesthistory.com/abhtimeline1980.html • http://www.apstudynotes.org/us-history/outlines/chapter-41-the- resurgence-of-conservatism-1980-2000/ • http://www.historycentral.com/Today/Index.html
Rubric: •Your final essay will be graded using the rubric posted under the project tab. No evidence of era research- 0 points awarded each era Some research present but less than half complete- 5.5 points awarded for each era Research present but only 3/4th complete- 11 points awarded for each era All eras are present and fully completed- 16.6 points awarded for each era Attached pedigree chart is worth up to 16.6 points Visuals for each era are worth up to 16.6 points
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