This project is a fun and engaging way for your students to study the decades of Modern America! Students will create a "time capsule" of a contemporary U.S. decade and include elements such as a newspaper or TV broadcast and highlight the decade's social history, values, key events and people, and popular culture. This is a great project to help student engage with the important history of the modern era and I have included several ways you can implement it in your classroom. This project can be adapted for any number of American decades and can be used as you study during the semester or as an end-of-year review. Read below to see what is included.
- A student handout that explains the requirements of the project (Editable Word Doc and PDF)
- A teacher directions sheet that will give you all the info you need to successfully implement the project in your class. (PDF)
- A "Group Member Roles" sheet to help groups plan their project and assign each group member a role. (PDF)
- A self/peer evaluation sheet (PDF)
- Grading Rubric (Editable Word Doc and PDF)
- Project Examples- I have provided samples of each project element to help clarify expectations for your students. (PDF)
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105 U.S. History Semester 2 Warm-Ups (1920 to Present Day)
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