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American history is marked by many different eras. Here are some resources available for you to look at for your project.
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Assignment

Portfolio of Artifacts: Eras of United States History

  1. Choose an era of United States History.  Do some preliminary research on the era in general.  What was the era like?  How did it get its name?
  2. Search for primary sources from that era that you feel represent the era.   Specifically sources in one of the following categories:
    1. Visual Art: paintings, cartoons, photography, or film.
    2. Music or Literature: songs, poems, or short pieces.
    3. Culture: fashion, recipes, vehicles, or games.
  3. You must have at least 2 from each category, and 15 sources overall.  Each source should be unique from the other sources.  No more than 5 sources may represent one aspect of the era (ie. Wealth distribution in the Gilded Age).  You must create a bibliography for your sources using MLA format.
  4. For each source you will do an analysis.  What does this source mean or represent?  For analysis, you will use a graphic organizer as an aid.
  5. If you are working at home, there are downloadable organizers on Ms. Eckertís website under the “Student” page.
  6. After analysis, you will respond to the following question in one or two paragraphs: In what ways does this artifact (source) represent the era I am studying?

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    Online Databases

    • ABC-CLIO
      A collection of databases dealing with all aspects of social studies including US and world history, government, and geography. Also includes how others lived their daily lives throughout history.
    • Biography in Context
      Contains articles from encyclopedias, books, and other reference sources on thousands of significant and lesser-known individuals. Sources include: Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Contemporary Musicians, Historic World Leaders, Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, Contemporary Black Biography, Religious Leaders of America, and the International Dictionary of Art and Artists.
    • Discovering Collection
      Searches reference books for geography & cultures, science, history, literature, current biographies, authors, & the like. Also has a multimedia section with audio, video, & still images, as well as a searchable timeline feature.
    • EbscoHost (Student Resource Center)
      Contains ALL of EbscoHost's full text articles from popular magazines, research periodicals, national newspapers, thousands of biographies, millions of images, and over 100,000 primary source documents.

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