CHY 4U 2011: A New Culminating Activity

You must examine three separate events/people/eras from three different centuries.

Your rubric is here:  Culminating Activity for 2011

Students may choose from the following options:

  1. A formal essay (1200 words)
  2. A script for a conversation between 3 historical figures (or fictitious figures). The script should be 8 pages long, double-spaced. (If possible, we turn this into an animated video; sadly, however, the current network configuration does not allow us to do this).
  3. A podcast/audio documentary. The documentary can include sound effects and interviews with people of the eras. You may hire actors to play the roles of the required characters. The podcast will be approximately 6 minutes long.

Research Guidelines:

  • For this culminating task, students are required to use at four sources excluding the textbook, of which one must be a primary source.
  • Students are required to make explicit references to the four sources in the project. For the essay, this is reasonably straight-forward (citations). For the other options, this means that you must refer, for example, to the author and her article, or specific sections of the primary source.
  • Online sources from library databases are recommended. Standard websites are not allowed.

Topics: 

  1. All great change in history occurs for one of the following reasons: economic, political, scientific, religious, or social
  2. Much of the turmoil outside of Europe has been caused, directly or indirectly, by Europe’s desire to control other parts of the world.
  3. What do people really want: freedom or safety?
  4. The history of oppression: the tools authorities use to exploit the masses
  5. Theory vs. pragmatism: when our ideals don’t match our practice
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