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Project Time Frame:

TUESDAY, 11/22:

BEGIN PART ONE RESEARCH.

MONDAY, 11/25:

FINISH PART ONE RESEARCH/BEGIN PART TWO RESEARCH.

TUESDAY, 11/26:

WORK ON PART TWO RESEARCH; DECIDE WHAT YOUR GROUP WILL INCLUDE IN THE TIME CAPSULE.

WEDNESDAY, 11/27:

WORK ON PART TWOŚLAST DAY FOR RESEARCH IN CLASS; MEET WITH GROUP TO PLAN OUT WHO IS GOING TO DO WHAT FOR THE TIME CAPSULE.

WEDNESDAY, 12/4: 

MEET WITH GROUP IN-CLASS TO FINALIZE PROJECT AND THE PRESENTATION OF YOUR RESEARCH AND TIME CAPSULE.

THURSDAY, 12/5:

PRESENTATIONS BEGIN.

FRIDAY, 12/6:

PRESENTATIONS CONCLUDE.

 

PART ONE--Becoming Experts

Complete steps 1-2 while in the computer lab.  Step 3 can be completed back in the classroom or at home.

1.  Members from the same group should sit at two computers that are next to each other in the lab.  From your small group members, pick ONE person to be your partner.  Sit with that person at the same computer in the lab.

2.  Get your research topic from the teacher.  Then select your group's topic from the list below and click on that link.  The link will lead you to a page with directions to follow and questions that you will need to answer.

Jim Crow Brown v. Board of Education The Civil Rights Movement Emmett Till
Important Figures in the Little Rock Crisis Teen Culture in the 1950's Freedom Summer and Missing Civil Rights Workers, 1964

3.  Everyone in the group must present a part of your information.  After you've organized and planned out what information you are going to present to your class, decide who will present which part.  Start practicing what and how you are going to tell your class the information on your graphic organizer.

Estimated time for PART ONE: 1-1.5 days in the computer lab, 1 day of synthesizing information for presentation.

 

PART TWO--The Time Capsule

Complete step 1 while in the computer lab.  Steps 2-4 can be completed back in the classroom or at home.

1.  Search the web sites provided on the "Resources" page of this web quest.  In addition to the requirements below, make a list of what you will/could include in your group's time capsule.  Decide what items would be important to include to best reflect this era (1945-1965) and what items Melba herself would consider important to include.  All the items in the time capsule should in some way be relevant to Melba Pattillo's life as it is presented in Warriors Don't Cry.

Your time capsule must include the following:

One example of a protest song from the Civil Rights movement  (a recording or the lyrics presented creatively).
One example of a popular song significant to Melba from the 1950's (a recording or the lyrics presented creatively).
A newspaper article that you create about an important civil rights event (the crisis in Little Rock, the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Emmett Till, the disappearance of the civil rights workers in Mississippi, the march on Washington, Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience, etc.).  Remember that Melba kept a scrapbook of newspaper articles to document everything she went through in 1957.  Pretend the newspaper article you create was clipped and saved by Melba.
A protest poster you create to reflect either the integrationist/civil rights side OR the segregationist side of the Little Rock issue.  The poster should be artfully and/or neatly done and include a slogan reflecting the integrationist or segregationist position.

Your time capsule must also include 2 of the following:

An item important to teen fashion in the 1950's.  You must either find or create this item.  If you are going to "create" the item, it must be as real as possible.
A recorded or transcribed (written) interview with Thurgood Marshall or Governor Faubus that you create (not find!).  The interview should focus on the crisis in Little Rock and the subject of integration.  Create 5-8 questions to ask and then invent Marshall's or Faubus' responses.  The way you have Marshall or Faubus answer your questions should reflect what you know about their ideas and how they would speak (i.e., No slang!).
A photo exhibit of the history of Jim Crow creatively presented with captions that you've found and captions you've created to explain why you picked each particular picture. (Note: If you choose to include this item, you can substitute your caption explanations for the "explanation" requirement in step 3 below.)
An obituary for Emmett Till and an illustration of a memorial marker you create to remember Emmett (who he was/why he is so important to remember).
A drawing of or a sculpture you create of a memorial for the civil rights workers who were killed in Mississippi, 1964.
Melba's journal.  This item should be an actual diary or journal that you find or create to reflect who Melba was.  It should look like something she would actually own from that era (you might want to "age" it a little).  Inside, you should copy 4 or 5 key passages from diary entries that appear in Warriors that best reflect who Melba was and what she went through.

2.  Find or create the items you will be including in your time capsule.  Neatness, accuracy, and creativity count (see the "Evaluation" link at the top of this page).  For example, if you are incorporating pictures in your time capsule, "publish" them by making a collage or poster board to display them.  You also might want to create a sample newspaper page with your pictures to explain what is happening in them and why they are important to the time Melba is living in.

3.  Write an explanation of 4 of the items in your time capsule.  Your explanation should be several sentences long to be thorough and clear.  It must discuss the following:

bullet Why is this item important to include in a time capsule of this era (1945-1965)?
bullet What does this item specifically have to do with Melba's experience in the book?

4.  Everyone in the group must present a part of your time capsule. Decide who will present which items.  Start practicing what and how you are going to show the class what you've put together.

Estimated time for PART TWO: 1-1.5 days in the computer lab; out of class work time on individual items; 1 day of synthesizing the capsule and explanations for presentation.

 

     

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