P03_A New Birth
The activity will cover a period of time from 1849 to 1877 (with a few exceptions that may reach beyond). The period marks a watershed period for the nation. The nation before this period IS NOT the nation after this period (which is the nation we are familiar with today). The period is overwhelmingly dominated by the moral question of slavery and the the Constitutional relationship between the federal government, States, and the people. The linking of the former with the latter creates a national crisis that the Civil War had to resolve.
This era in our nation’s history is labeled ‘The Civil War’ in our United States History Research Primer. Our current understanding of the American government and its relationship to the creed described in the Declaration of Independence is formulated at this time.
1. Please open the P03_A New Birth mindmap prepared for you by Mr.V.
2. The mindmap contains six branches labeled for the topic areas being explored. The list of topic area appears below.
02 Constitutional Matters
03 “Words Matter”
04 The Civil War
05 Expansion/ Movement
06 Reform Movements
3. Open the branch that is assigned to your group. You’ll see that focus statements, meant to surgically dissect the issue, have been incorporated. The events, places, or circumstances that your group will explore will pave our path to understanding the nation’s milestones as it struggles to define and implement its creed. In essence, each branch of the mindmap is a contributory factor to the tumult of the period.
4. Organize your groups.
A. Assign tasks to group members.
B. Choose how your group will collect, organize, and keep track of data collection by group members. If you decide to use a mindmap, you must share the map with Mr.V as before. If you decide to use a different application to keep your group’s research task organized, it must have ‘Can-Edit’ sharing capabilities with Mr.V.
C. Begin collecting sources that may be of use in deciphering the focus statements. The sources, as before, are to come from the US History Research Primer and any additional source you verify with Mr.V.
5. Phase II of the project will introduce the product of our findings: An Audio/ Visual Presentation. When the initial research phase (Phase I) ends, consider the following as you prepare the presentation:
A. Use the focus statements provided in the P03 Mindmap to analyze the data gathered. These focus statements will be of particular importance in addressing the questions that Mr.V will ask at the end of each presentation.
B. Consider the construction of your presentation. Be sure to…
-Control the balance between ‘text’ and imagery.
-Consider the audience: How close will they be to your presentation (projection)? How long will the slide be visible for them to look at?
-Time limit for the presentation (15 – 20 minutes)
C. Choose a group member to act as the speaker during the presentation with a ‘tech’ assistant to advance the slides in the presentation. The person you choose to speak MUST NOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY SPOKEN for your group.
The Results of P03_A New Birth
I will make accessible the P03 presentations created by all the research groups within our US History course. Take advantage of the hard work your peers put into the research that supports their presentation. To see the presentations of Period 9 students, click on the link ‘Pd 09’. For Period 10 students, click ‘Pd 10’.
A compilation of questions that Mr.V asked each presenter will appear below the associated topic heading.
To be posted…
01 Slavery (Pd 09, Pd 10)
02 Constitutional Matters (Pd 09, Pd 10)
03 “Words Matter” (Pd 09, Pd 10)
04 The Civil War (Pd 09, Pd 10)
05 Expansion/ Movement (Pd 09, Pd 10)
06 Reform Movements (Pd 09, Pd 10)