I’m working on a history Essay and need support to help me understand better.
Our Final Project will be a Researched Living History/Case Study Assignment, which will allow for a creative opportunity for us to practice historical thinking and practice concepts we have studied thus far to modern-day situations affecting indigenous peoples. For your project, you may select a topic of your choice, analyze its context and implications, and explore possible solutions to the problem/options for the future.
Assignment Presentation Options
Your Final Project is a traditional essay
If you choose to showcase your work as a traditional essay, here is the criteria:
-at least 6 typed pages minimum (8 pages maximum), double-spaced in 12 point font
-proofread, no plagiarism
-use MLA formatting
-include an MLA Works Cited page
Criteria for Evaluation:
-Clearly selects and presents one topic/issue of focus related to our course
-Thoroughly presents and analyzes historical context from which topic/issue arises
-Thoroughly presents and analyzes historical and modern-day implications
-Thoroughly presents stances and/or options on potential solutions/changes needed
-Thoughtfully proposes the best solution based on research and course materials/concepts
-Includes connections to/support from our textbook throughout essay/presentation
-Includes connections to at least 3 key terms within essay/presentation
-Includes a Works Cited page in MLA format
Whether you present your work in a traditional essay or as a creative presentation, either option should follow this outline:
-What is the issue and goal of the analysis?
*introduce the topic assuming your readers/viewers are unfamiliar, and include a clear thesis
-What is the context of the issue?
*clearly explain historical context surrounding/shaping the topic using our textbook, lectures, and outside sources
-What key facts should be considered?
*clearly explain implications of the topic in modern times based on textbook, lectures, and outside sources (personal testimonies, data, etc can be used as evidence)
-What are possible solutions/changes needed?
*clearly show different stances on the topic and/or solutions proposed and/or changes needed
-Select the best option: what would you recommend and why?
*conclude by making an argument for the best option/solution and explain why based on the information covered within your entire essay/presentation.
*answer the larger so what question in other words, why does this topic matter today?
Potential Topic Ideas
*These broad topics are meant to help offer direction and inspire your own ideas.
*Keep in mind that your proposed topics are not limited to the contents of this list.
*If there is a topic related to the course that youre interested in, please let me know!
*Keep in mind again that the topics listed are TOO broad and that your topic should be VERY specific.
*I recommend checking in with me on your topic/ideas before getting started.
California Missions Boarding Schools
California Gold Rush Christopher Columbus
Indian Mascots Pocahontas
Cultural Appropriation Black Hills/Mount Rushmore
Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism Reparations/Repatriation/Rematriation
Tribal Nation Building/Tribal Sovereignty Indian Self-Determination
Standing Rock Protest Indigenous Activism
Mauna Kea Protest Indigenous Environmental Stewardship
Tribal Termination Policies in 1950s Urban Relocation Policies in 1950s
Global Indigeneity/US Imperialism Indigenous Art/Fashion/Film
Representation/Misrepresentation of Native Americans in ads/media/films/education/history/etc.
Current effects of COVID-19 on indigenous communities
Key Term Connections
*Here is a list of our key terms to choose from. Be sure to connect to at least 3 in your project!
-firsting and lasting
-doctrine of discovery
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