Here you will find the list of essay assignments and projects that we are doing in class. I will try to make the instructions as clear as possible but if you have any questions, please email or call me as soon as possible.

Chapter 6 project

BACKGROUND To Europeans in the Age of Imperialism, conquering countries in other parts of
the world was seen as a way to increase European power as well as a way to spread religion and culture to new places. For the people living in the conquered lands, imperialism was viewed less favorably. They already had their own religion and cul- ture, and many people did not want to adopt those of the Europeans.

TASK You and a small group (Group is defined as up to 4 people) of your classmates have been asked to create a keynote for the student showcase that explores the topic of European and American imperialism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America from 1800 to 1914. Your keynote should include many different media, such as maps, captions, political cartoons, charts, graphs, artwork, letters, and journals.

PURPOSE The purpose of your keynote is to present European and American imperialism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America from two vantage points: the view of the conquerors and the view of the conquered. As a result, half of the material you include should present the European and American defense of imperialism: it helped create strong markets, build national power, and spread religion and culture. The other half should show how imperialism weakened the political, economic, and social structure of the conquered nations.


  1. Restate the assignment in your own words.
  2. Summarize what you know about imperialism from 1800 to 1914.
  3. List what you want to include in the keynote.
  4. Sketch the layout.
  5. Be sure everything supports the purpose and is directed to your audience.
  6. Prepare a task and time management plan to allocate tasks to each group member.
  7. Research any additional information you need.
  8. Select and create material to include on the bulletin board.
  9. Construct the keynote.
  10. Present the keynote to your audience.

MLA Style Guide

Pages template for MLA Style research paper
remember to option+click to download


Use of Library of Congress Images

When material form the Library’s collections is reproduced in a publication or website or otherwise distributed, the Library requests the courtesy of a credit line.

Ideally, the credit will include

reference to Library of Congress, and
the specific collection which includes the image, and
the image reproduction number (negative, transparency, or digital id number).
Such a credit furthers scholarship by helping researchers locate material and acknowledges the contribution made by the Library of Congress.

Wright Brothers collection, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-ppmsca-04598.

When space considerations preclude such a caption, shorter versions may be used.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-13459
LOC, LC-ppmsca-09756
Library of Congress, C4-2356


Project #3 Documentary
Key Documentary Concepts
What they all generally have in common are:
· They are shot-based as opposed to scene based dramatic films
· A story with a beginning, middle and end
· A real place, time, event, people etc.
· A narrator is often used either on camera or in voice-over that carries the story and adds interpretation to what the audience sees and hears
· Interviews with people involved in the story add authensity and individual points of view
· Shots from specific places or events that either carry the story visually or embellish what the interviewee or narrator is talking about
· A point of view

Concept and Purpose
The video has a clear and interesting purpose and is creatively produced.
The video's purpose is somewhat unclear, but the video is interesting and somewhat creative.
The video's purpose is somewhat unclear, and the video is not very interesting or creative.
The video has no apparent purpose and shows very little creativity.
Information is accurate and well-written. Subject knowledge is excellent.
Most of the information is accurate and well-written. Subject knowledge is very good.
The information is somewhat accurate and there are some grammatical and spelling errors. Subject knowledge is fair at best.
Much of the information is inaccurate and not well-written. Subject knowledge is poor.
The documentary is extremely easy to follow and understand throughout the presentation. The flow of the video makes sense.
The documentary is easy to follow and understand throughout the presentation. The flow of the video makes sense for the majority of the documentary.
The documentary is hard to follow and understand throughout the presentation. The flow of the video makes sense somewhat for about half of the documentary.
The documentary is hard to follow. The flow of the video makes sense somewhat for the less than half of the documentary.
Visual Interest Level
Outstanding visual interest. Excellent blend of pictures, facts, and voice-overs enhance the entire production.
Good visual interest. Fine blend of pictures, facts, and voice-overs enhance the entire production.
Average visual interest. Intermittent blend of pictures, facts, and voice-overs that enhance the entire production.
Poor visual interest. Little or no blending of pictures, facts, and voice-overs to enhance the entire production.
Overall Presentation
Video flowed logically and smoothly from one scene to the next. Information and organization is complete and engaging.
For the most part, the video flowed logically and smoothly from one scene to the next. Information and organization is complete and interesting.
Video seemed out of sequence or confusing in some places. Information and organization is adequate and somewhat interesting.
The video lacked purpose, with little information and organization

Documentary assignment

your documentary should be in the "Ken Burns" style discussed in class
the minimum length is 2 minutes not including title or credits
you must have a minimum of 12 images
you must have a title and credits (credits discussed later)
you must be the voice tallent for the naration
you must have 5 "authentic" sources - those not including wiki type sources
any music you use must be royalty free

each image in iMovie must have a caption for the citation
use keynote to create your credits
credits are to be in chronological order of apearance
your credit slide must have
  • a title
  • the image
  • the image citation
  • citations for the information shared
these slides are put at the end of your documentary
either as a video, or images

if you have questions email mr lewis immediately

November 16&17 2010
PROJECT DUE November 30th / December 1

theme: "It did not happen yesterday or even the day before but a long time ago..."

Write a first person account of a historical event (click here for help) you may choose any event between 3000BC and 1800AD if it is in the book or not. You also have three project choices

1) essay
• Essay length: 300 - 400 typewritten words.
• You must write your own essay.
• All essays should be typewritten in English with no color or graphics and cannot be less than 300 words or greater than 400 words in length.
(Essays under or over these word amounts will be scored zero.) Every word is counted regardless of length.
The essay title (theme) or added footnotes do not contribute to the word count.

the last line of your essay should be the word count
in Pages - Click the Inspector button at the top right corner of your screen, then click the far left tab that looks like a blank page.
At the top of that window there are tabs that say " Document TOC & Info" click the info tab and it displays your word count.

in Google Docs - at the top of the page select tools - select word count

2) video
2 to 5 minutes in length
you may use tools such as Voki or xtranormal or goanimateto create your video
be sure to have credits which is your bibliography/works cited and a title

3) Enhanced podcast
2 to 5 minutes
use iMovie/Grage Band/Keynote or a combination of them
you giving your story (first person of the event) you must have images
and when you do the credits be sure to source all of your images

**reminder that Google does not have images

knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points:
You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work.
Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Content is worth 35 points:
Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner.
Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.