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Students will identify aspects of what being a Hoosier means throughout Indiana's history and how that has changed over time. They will be asked to research, find primary and secondary sources, write a thesis, find evidence and put it all together into an essay with a bibliography. This is a great end of the class essay as it requires them to think back on what they've learned.
Directions for day-to-day portions of the project are included as well as a rubric and planning guide for their essay. Directions are given for 6 days for research, planning and 1 day to translate their plan into essay form, but if you want to give them more than 1 day to actually write the essay you will need more days.
Standards include, but aren't limited to the following as this essay will have them reviewing everything they've covered in the class, and each essay will likely focus on different parts of Indiana's history.
IS.1.30 Conduct historical research that incorporates information literacy skills such as forming appropriate research questions; evaluating information by determining its accuracy, relevance and comprehensiveness; interpreting a variety of primary and secondary sources; and presenting their findings with documentation.
IS.1.31 Locate and analyze primary sources and secondary sources related to an event or issue of the past; discover possible limitations in various kinds of historical evidence and differing secondary opinions.
IS.1.32 Analyze multiple, unexpected and complex causes and effects of events in the past.
IS.1.34 Research and describe the contributions of important Indiana artists and writers to the state’s cultural landscape.
IS.1.35 Research Indiana’s modern growth emphasizing manufacturing, new technologies, transportation and global connections.
IS.5.4 Identify and examine the culture of each region of the state.
IS.5.5 Explain how Indiana traditions and customs have changed over time (1816-2016).
IS.5.6 Identify and examine the impact that sports have had on the state of Indiana.
IS.5.7 Examine the minority educational experience in Indiana and compare it to that of traditionally white schools up until desegregation.
IS.5.8 Identify Indiana authors and artists with their contributions to society and Indiana culture.
IS.5.9 Identify Indiana educational leaders and their contributions to state and national education reform.
IS.5.10 Examine what it means to be a ‘Hoosier’ around various parts of the state.
IS.5.12 Identify and examine the impact of Indiana on the entertainment industry.