Honors U.S. History News Letter
By Mr. Ball, Vol. 1, Issue 10, 2/12/16
NHD Complete (Almost)
Students turned in their final NHD Project, Thursday, February 4.
Our original due date was Thursday, January 28th, but due to the week off from snow we pushed the date back to the following Thursday.
We spent Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11 presenting the projects to the class. For the presentations I asked students to introduce themselves to the class, tell us their topic and thesis, the most helpful piece of evidence they found to help support their thesis, the most interesting thing they learned, their biggest challenge when completing the project, and thank the audience for listening.
After all presentations were complete gave students a clean copy of the project rubric and asked them to evaluate their own work and reflect on their process.
NHD Project Thesis
One of the keys to NHD is having a clear thesis, then using the evidence gathered to support that thesis.
NHD Group Poster Presentation
We had some outstanding group projects!
NHD Individual Poster Presentation
Our students presented their projects with amazing confidence!
NHD Final Steps
Update: With the additional snow day I decided to conduct a class discussion on the changes that each student would make on their projects, instead of the improvement proposals
Optional Assignment: To celebrate the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month, students have the opportunity to research and present the work of a famous black inventor.
Using the site The Black Inventor On-line Museum (Links to an external site.), students (1) select an inventor, (2) create a brief biography, (3) list their inventions, and (4) describe what life would be like without that inventor/invention. Students must display 1 picture of the inventor or invention, and present their findings to the class. Students are free to create a poster, use PowerPoint, etc., but the only thing that they must display is an image of the inventor or their invention(s). All assignments will be presented Monday, February 22.
Upcoming Events & Topics
The Great Depression & The New Deal
We will test on this topics Thursday, February 25.