Fall HUS Research Project Tasks
P01_The Founding Documents
I. The purpose of this research project is to…
– Practice academic research skills.
– Sharpen skills with computer applications in the gathering, analysis, and presentation of findings (data).
– Expand our understanding of the historical value of the nation’s foundational documents.
II. The project will be divided into phases.
Each part will be part of a larger, overall, research effort into an understanding of foundational documents from the first 120 years of US History.
A. The Founding Documents
Part One: The Declaration of Independence
Part Two: The Articles of Confederation
Part Three: The United States Constitution
Purpose: Through an analysis of the document’s content, structure, and context, students will reveal the nature of the founders’ concerns and their justification for action.
1. Students will access copies of the respective Founding Document using the Research Primer mindmap prepared by Mr.V. If the research primer does not lead to a good working copy of the document, students can continue to search using the vetted sources provided in the Sources and Guidance mindmap prepared by Mr.V.
2. Digital copies of Chapters from *The Americans* course textbook.
3. The research primer mindmaps created by Mr.V and containing links to academic resources. Students are not restricted to these resources while completing the project. But, any other source must be properly vetted and submitted for approval to Mr.V.
1. One student within each group starts a new mind map on Mindmeister.com. That student, who now becomes owner of the map, shares that map with his/ her group members and Mr.V. Everyone must be given “Can Edit” privileges when sharing is being setup, including Mr.V. (To share a mindmap with Mr.V, use **avalent5(at)schools.nyc.gov**)
2. A basic organizational skeleton for the mindmap must be created. As the map grows in size and content, students within the groups should decide how best to structure the map for efficiency, clarity, and content needs.
a. Label the Central (Node) Idea: P01_Name of Founding Document-Group#.
Example: P01_Declaration of Independence-03 (Where ‘P01’ means “Project Unit 01”, The Founding Document name, and Group #3.)
b. Create three child nodes off the central idea. Label each of the three nodes respectively: Time, Place, Circumstance. These nodes will contain relevant contextual data surrounding the document.