The following is a research and presentation assignment I use in my Sociology class and have used in my American History class as well for the topic of Pop Culture.
This assignment allows students to work in pairs or groups to research the Popular Culture of an assigned decade in American History from the 1920's to the early 2000's and develop and create a PowerPoint presentation that they will share with the class.
Students are provided various websites (provided in the instructions for students) which will serve as a baseline for their research.
Students are instructed to research the following components of Pop Culture for their assigned decade:
- Musicians and Songs
- Television, Shows, and/or Literature
- Sporting Events and News
- Household Items (Furniture, Appliances, Technology)
I usually provide my students with two days in class for research and spend 1-2 days having students present their decade's pop culture in class.
Through my experience with this assignment students enjoy learning about the Popular Culture from the decades throughout American History and do well on their presentations in class.
This assignment comes with a full and descriptive grading rubric which can be adjusted to fit the needs of you class grading scale.