For your midterm assignment, you will work in groups to create a multi-media narrative about a topic in Chicago’s history. It is due before class on March 21 and is worth 20% of your grade.
This assignment is designed to help you practice working with digital sources and tools, it will also allow you to apply the skills we’ve been discussing in class for the first half of the semester. These include: finding primary and secondary sources, evaluating and using those sources, determining copyright and fair use for the media you’ll be using, crafting a compelling story about your topic, and using digital tools to present that story.
Since this is your first real introduction to using a digital tool to construct a historical narrative, you will be working in groups of approximately four (4) or five (5) students. I will assign groups based on interest in the topics below. Groups and topics will be assigned in class on February 28. We will use our Slack channel to help us collaborate on these projects.
Ultimately, each group will work together to create a multi-media story about some focused aspect of their assigned topic. The topics chosen are purposefully broad. You must determine with your group how best to narrow this topic into a coherent and complete story. Each group must also determine the best format to tell it – either as a narrative timeline OR a “story map.” The goal is to critically think about the narrative you want to tell and to choose your points and your digital tool appropriately.
There are 4 parts to this assignment.
The Multi-Media Story: Groups will be using either TimelineJS or StoryMap JS to present their story. Each group’s multi-media story (map or timeline) must have a minimum of 15 slides with a maximum of 20.
You must have at least one (1) of each of the following:
- a map (if you choose the StoryMap option, this is taken care of)
- an image
- a video
- a sound clip
- a primary source
- a secondary source
You will be graded on how well you present your chosen story and the aesthetics of your multi-media story (use of media, colors, background, etc.) That means you will very likely need to find and use more than just one of each of the above items.
All digital elements (not just the required ones) must be properly cited and include links to the original content source where applicable.
The Essay: In addition to the multi-media story, each group must write an accompanying narrative of at least 500 words explaining: your particular story focus, the format you chose, how you divided up the work, any problems/struggles/challenges you encountered in putting the story together. This is an opportunity to elaborate on your project, to tell me about the experience and any other issues that arose during the construction of your project. Essays that merely describe the slides in the timeline will lose points.
The Bibliography: A complete bibliography of all sources used — both sources used to construct the narrative and sources that provided any background information — should be included at the end of the narrative and conform to proper Chicago Style citation methods. Please link to the sources where appropriate. Your bibliography must contain at least three (3) secondary sources. Of these sources, at least two (2) must be scholarly monographs or journal articles.
The Self-Evaluation: Finally, each individual must fill out this form to evaluate their individual contribution to the group’s work and the contributions of each group member. Please be honest.
Each group will designate one member of their group to publish the midterm project page (which will include the embedded multi-media story, essay and bibliography) to their course portfolio. Please do this as a separate page and not as a blog post. Please ensure that every group member’s first name is listed on the page. One group member should plan to turn it in via the Assignment Submission Form.
Group members who are not hosting the timeline must create a page titled “Midterm Project” and in the body of the page include a link to their actual project (hosted on their team member’s site). Please put this page in your navigation menu. This is so you have a reference to your hard work in the same place as all your other hard work.
All components – the completed Assignment Form, the multi-media story, the essay, the bibliography, and the group evaluation form — must be completed by Wednesday, March 21 by 7:30pm. Late work will be penalized for every group member per the course policy.
- Labor Strikes & Riots
- Railroad and Industrial Growth
- Race Relations in Chicago
- Organized Crime
- Jazz & Entertainment
- World’s Columbian Exposition
- Chicago Sports
- Women & Progressive Reform
You will receive two grades for your midterm — the “project” grade and your personal evaluation grade. Your project grade will be shared across the group and will be determined by the grading rubric; your personal evaluation grade will be based not only on your own evaluation of your contributions, but also on the evaluations of your group members.
Please note that if your group members report that you did not contribute any work to the Timeline, you will not just receive a 0 for this portion but for the entire project. Freeloading will not be tolerated.
(Assignment adapted from Sasha Hoffman.)
Last updated: February 28, 2018 at 14:29 pm