Early American History
Nat Zappia | History 300 | Spring 2014
After examining the use of digital platforms and collaborative work in historical projects, Professor Zappia’s students were asked to participate in a three-part final project where they 1) created a curated website that functioned as a public history document, then 2) these students were asked to write a 3-4 page summary of their “vision, process, and research, and 3) presented their work to peers in class.
For this digital assignment you will create a research-based website using the free, web-based application Wix (wix.com). You will create it in the style of a digital/public history exhibit (monument, museum, historic site, etc.) to be presented during the last week of class. This will be a work of synthesis incorporating the themes, readings, and discussions over the course of the semester.
You are invited to present on the following early American themes:
- Racial Identities
- Native America
- Political Parties
- Civil War
- The Environment
This assignment is centered on learning about history through collaboration and building digital literacies; the ability to use digital, visual, textual and technological tools in teaching and learning. It will involve conducting primary source research and reading relevant secondary sources as well as providing your own interpretation of the materials. You will then design a website that will communicate the information to audiences effectively. You should use images, text, graphics, video and links to resources.
This assignment will help you learn about the history of colonial America while developing skills relevant to the job market and public life.
*Assignment goals adapted from Gleb Tsipursky, Perspectives on History; The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, November 2012.