Students research and conduct a public forum debate over resolutions on the Great Depression and New Deal.
This debate format is engaging and entertaining for participants and audiences, who help score the debate and also learn a little more about the era. What's more, students must prepare arguments for and against the resolution, since they don't know what side they will argue until moments before the debate (coin flip).
Once the debate is over, students are expected to write an essay that communicates their final position on the issue.
Rubrics for both parts of the project are included in the guidelines (on page 2).