P02_HUS-Mindmap:’Panics’ of the Young Nation
Fall HUS Research Projects
I. The purpose of this research project is to…
A. Practice academic research skills.
B. Sharpen skills with computer applications in the gathering, analysis, and presentation of findings (data).
C. Expand our understanding of the historical value of the nation’s early challenges.
II. Phase III: “Panics” of the Young Nation
This is the third phase of our exploration of the history of our nation.
Our focus is the nature, causes, and impact of the nation’s financial woes, often referred to as “Panics”.
A. Purpose: Through an analysis of textbook and digital resources, we want to investigate further, the financial ‘Panics’ of the first 50 years of our nation’s history.
B. ‘Panics’ of Interest
1. Panic of 1785
2. Copper Panic of 1789
3. Panic of 1796
4. Panic of 1807
5. Panic of 1815 – 1821
6. Panic of 1825
Given: Computer workstations, digital versions of chapters 5 through 8, research primer mindmap created by Mr.V, Mindmeister application, course notes, and access to Internet resources.
A student from each group creates a new mindmap and will be it’s ‘Owner’. The Owner must share the map with all group members and Mr.V. The email address to share with Mr.V is “avalent5 (AT) schools.nyc.gov”.
a. Label the Central (Node) Idea: P02_Topic Name-Group#. Example: P02_Panic of 1785-01 Where ‘P02’ means “Project Unit 02”, Topic Name is “Panic of 1785”, and the Group is #1.
b. Create four child nodes off the central idea. Label each of the three nodes respectively: Context, Causes, Repercussion, and Solution(?). These nodes will branch off into additional nodes as you provide additional detail.
c. Assign group members accordingly and be sure to show this by using the ‘Task’ feature of Mindmeister. This feature is marked by a ‘Check mark’ icon on the lower-third of the palette that appears on your screen.
d. Using your experience with P01_Declaration of Independence and P02_Building a New Nation, make P02_Panics of the Young Nation reflective of your increasing mastery of Mindmeister and mindmapping.
2. Special Consideration
Consider this as you investigate your assigned financial crisis (Panic):
a. Vocabulary may become complex as you descend further into economic theory. Be sure that unknown terminology is understood to avoid misinterpretation or faulty conclusions.
b. Not every financial panic was fully understood by those who lived through it. Therefore, it’s eventual end may not have been the result of a specific initiative or legislation. If this is the case with your assigned panic, don’t worry. Instead, help the viewer of your mindmap understand what could have led to the panic’s ultimate end.
c. Be sure to practice proper citations and source selection. This skill is absolutely vital in ‘the real world’ and important in our efforts here.
3. Sharing Findings with Classmates
Describe your ‘Panic’s’ historical context and unique elements that made it a crisis for the young nation in brief oral presentation.
b. Offer your thoughts on what caused the panic.
c. Share something unusual about your panic.
d. Share something that many may not know about your panic.
e. Share your thoughts on the attempted solution for your panic (Remember, there may not have actually been a solution that worked).
f. Offer your thoughts on any lasting impact of your panic on the young nation (economic, political, social,…).
g. One person per group (pre-selected by Mr.V) offers the presentation in front of the class. You may have 3×5 inch index cards to jot notes, but do not read from the note cards.
h. Keep the presentation to 3 – 5 minutes in length.
i. There are no additional presentation aids required or expected.
j. Questions from the audience are encouraged.