This Day in United States Democracy
U.S. History Final Project-Ms. Loza
- Your group will conduct research on how a specific event helped to further democracy, or hurt democracy in the United States. You will use the research questions below.
- Using the research, you will produce a video that recreates or reports on your "Day in U.S. Democracy". You must use Adobe Voice, iMovie, or a free movie making app for your video. No powerpoint or prezi accepted.
- You must type out the answers to the questions.
- Provide a works cited page (four sources).
- You must also print out and turn in your script.
- You will be given AMPLE class time to complete the project. There will be three "check in" dates to determine your progress. Ms. Loza must sign off on each day that your group was on task and making progress on the project.
Be sure to support each answer with question with examples from your research. Each answer needs to be complete (no “yes” or “no” answers). Each answer should be AT LEAST a paragraph long.
Works Cited-You must also include a Works Cited page in proper MLA format, using 4-6 sources. One may be your textbook, two can be proper Web sources (no Wikipedia, etc.). If you are unsure about the source, please ask.
1. What was the event or milestone? Describe the specifics of the event. Who were the people involved? Where did the event take place? Are they people who are usually associated with political power in the country? Include background/s on the major people involved (discuss at least two people).
2. Did the milestone guarantee or deny any rights, protections, or privileges? To who? Be specific.
3. Was this milestone a contribution, a setback, or both, in the evolution of American democracy? How so?
4. How were these rights, protections, or privileges secured or denied? By who? (one person, the government, etc.). Was there a sacrifice or cost involved by those involved?
5. What was the result of the milestone? Who or what was impacted the most?
6. What does this milestone teach us about American democracy? Does your group feel optimistic or pessimistic about American democracy? Support your answer with support from your research.
Your group will produce a video segment on your event. Your production must be a 5-10 minute segment that creatively tells the audience about you "day in U.S. democracy". Your production should answer the research questions through storytelling, NOT by reading out the questions and answers. This project is NOT intended to be a poster or Powerpoint, it needs to be performed as a documentary or news segment ( Adobe Voice, iMovie, etc.)
Choice #1: News style video. Imagine that the Panther Report has asked you to produce a segment on your milestone titled “This day in United States Democracy”. This format should include interviews, images/visuals, and music to tell the story.
Choice #2: Documentary style. This format should include images/visuals with voice-overs, music, and titles to tell your story.
- Every person's voice or body must appear in the video.
- You MUST print out and turn in the script you used.
- The video should tell the story in a cohesive, creative way.
This Day in Democracy Possible Topics
You must choose from the following milestones. If you have another idea, it must be approved by me. Milestones must be finalized on Monday May 11th, no changes will be allowed after this day.
1. 1831 Nat Turner Rebellion
2. 1838-39 Trail of Tears
3. 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
4. 1848 Seneca Falls Convention
5. 1848 Dred Scott vs. Sanford
6. 1850 Fugitive Slave Act
7. 1859 John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry
8. 1862 Homestead Act
9. 1865 Freedmen’s Bureau
10. 1865 Juneteenth
11. 1879 Trial of Standing Bear
12. 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act
13. 1886 Haymarket Square Affair
14. 1890 Battle of Wounded Knee
15. 1890 Jim Crow laws take root in the South
16. 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson
17. 1895 Ida B. Wells published the Red Record
18. 1898 U.S. vs. Wong Kim Ark
19. 1900s Indian Schools are established
20. 1907-08 Gentlemen’s Agreement
21. 1908 Restrictive covenants on housing
22. 1909 NAACP is established
23. 1912 The Lawrence Textile Strike (Bread and Roses)
24. 1915 National Women’s Party is formed
25. 1921 Tulsa Race Riot
26. 1925 Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters formed
27. 1927 Gong Lum vs. Rice
28. 1927 Buck vs. Bell
29. 1934 Tydings-McDuffie Act
30. 1942 Executive Order 9066
31. 1942-43 Sleepy Lagoon incident and Zoot Suit uprising
32. 1946 Mendez vs. Westminster
33. 1947 Jackie Robinson integrates Major League Baseball
34. 1955 Murder of Emmett Till
35. 1957 Little Rock Nine
36. 1961 Freedom Riders
37. 1963 Dr. King writes the “Letter From a Birmingham Jail"
38. 1964 Freedom Summer
39. 1965 United Farmworker’s grape boycott campaign
40. 1966 Black Panther Party’s 10 Point Plan
41. 1966 Heavyweight Boxer, Muhammad Ali refuses to go to the Vietnam War
42. 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech by Dr. King
43. 1968 The Chicano Student Blow Outs
44. 1971 26th Amendment raised voting age to 18 yrs.
45. 1972 Roe vs. Wade decision
46. 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties March
47. 1973 Wounded Knee Uprising
48. 1978 Harvey Milk, first openly gay candidate elected to public office.
49. 1981 Sandra Day O’Conner becomes first woman to sit on Supreme Court
50. 1982 Plyer vs Doe
51. 1992 Los Angeles Uprising
52. 1994 CA Proposition 187
53. 1996 CA Proposition 209
54. 2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
55. 2009 Sonia Sotomayor becomes first Latina on the Supreme Court
56. 2010 Arizona House Bill 2281
57. 2011 the Occupy Wall Street movement
58. 2014 the #Blacklivesmatter movement
59. The Warren Court decisions
May 2-Introduce topic, pick groups, topics, and dates. Assign roles and begin brainstorming.
May 5-Computer lab S206
May 6-Ipad in class
May 10-Ipad day, check in #1
May 13-Computer lab S206
May 16-Library, check in #2
May 20-Computer lab S206, check in #3
May 23-Computer lab S206
Presentation dates (group due dates):
The day of your final
1. 1992 LA Uprising
2. Jim Crow Laws
3. Freedom Riders
4. Freedom Summer
5. Jackie Robison
6. Mohammed Ali
1. the Black Panther Party
2. CA Prop 187
3. the Chicano Student Blow Outs
4. the Little Rock Nine
5. the Freedom Riders
6. Trail of Tears
7. Jackie Robinson integrates MLB
8. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
- Responsible for dividing up research questions among group.
- Assists group with accurate research, ensures that sources are valid.
- Responsible for typing out research questions in proper MLA format. Makes sure they are handed in on time.
- Responsible for creating MLA works cited page.
- Assists with video production & script.
IT/Creative Director (1-2 people)
- Coordinates and selects technology. Ensures video is done and working
- Responsible for creative direction of the video.
- Responsible for images and music. Directs the script.
- Responsible for editing.
- Assists with research questions.
- Responsible for typing out script and handing it in on due date.
Google Docs: Research Questions
Rubric-Please have a member of your group print out the rubric and turn in on the day of your presenation
1992 Los Angeles Uprising
Jim Crow Laws
Jackie Robinson integrates MLB
Mohammed Ali refuses to go to war