The traditional medium for presenting
historical evidence is the narrative essay. Historians feel comfortable with
that method, so we ask our students to write book reviews, research papers, and essay
exams. Students in this class are required to complete at least four essays on
primary source readings during the semester. In addition, all examinations are of
the essay variety.
This project, however, was designed not only to examine
history but also to foster creativity and to cultivate each individual's special
talents. Therefore, students are given the flexibility to work in the medium
of their choice (e.g., an essay, a work of art, a dramatic presentation, a multimedia
computer presentation, an interpretive dance, a debate, a slide presentation, a short
story, an architectural model, and so on).
Upon completion of their projects, students will make oral presentations to the class.
See Guidelines for Class Presentations for more details.
In addition, their work will be displayed here. You'll see abstracts of their
work, images and sounds relating to their projects, and Internet sources for readers to
obtain more information. See Gallery
of Student Presentations for examples of the work students did in Spring
To help students get started, we have provided some Suggested
Topics, along with a list of Primary & Secondary Sources.
Any of the online resouces listed at the end of lecture topics are also good sources.