This lesson project is not assigned in every HIST 20 section. When it is, it
replaces several of the required comparative assignments listed in the
As part of the requirements of this course, you will have to participate in and complete a group
project based on the development and delivery of a specific thematic
bridge lecture. The "Lesson Project" will comprise 20% of your final grade.
This handout is the "essential guide" to the Lesson Project,
including its requirements and guidelines. You will receive only one copy
of this document; if you lose it, you need to refer to our BlackBoard site.
- To expose the student to the
active learning of history through the practical application of research,
organizational, and public speaking techniques.
- To acquaint the student with
basic research skills, both hard-copy and electronic.
- To help the student hone his
or her skills of group work and interaction, including leadership, task
management, and the generation of constructive peer criticism.
- To familiarize the student
with the process of class development and presentation.
II. General Guidelines:
group will consist of 4-5 people, with at least one (1) but preferably two (2)
students from the School of Education.
selection will take place the first week of class. There will be no group switching mid-course.
develop, and deliver a lecture on world history.
in a final "Lesson Project" as described in section IV below.
all required materials in a timely
manner as scheduled in section II.5 below.
periodically to plan and execute all necessary tasks.
and equitably divide all tasks.
a. Carry your own weight! If
you do not do your fair share of the project, you will fail the assignment.
b. Make yourself available for meetings.
You are not expected to be available 24/7, but need to give your colleagues
several scheduling possibilities. "I couldn't make it then" is not an
acceptable excuse for not sharing the load or completing your tasks on time.
c. Even after your
own component has been completed, you must continue to contribute to the
completion of the project. Your ideas, constructive criticism, and
overall help will result in a better final product, and thus a better grade for
- Research of the specific topic
(General Education students)
are in charge of gathering the needed information to be presented.
must include the use of both
hard-copy (minimum of 3) and electronic sources (minimum of 3).
and select multi-media components (maps, pictures, sound-bytes, etc.).
a "Research Report" as described in section IV.2.b below.
- Selection of primary sources to be
used during class discussion (All group members)
should not exceed 30 pages.
can either be from a single source or a compilation of excerpts.
should be chosen according to the following criteria:
i. They must be primary
ii. They must directly relate to or speak about the assigned subject.
must be in English.
must be accessible locally (that is, either at the Library or on-line, and
available for copying and/or reproducing)
- Design of a lecture
outline (All group members)
outline is the skeleton of your lecture. It will be reproduced and given
to your fellow students at the beginning of the group's presentation.
b. It should include the general subject, the
division of sub-topics, and important dates and names.
outline should be general enough not to give the whole story away, but detailed
enough to be easy to follow and serve as a study guide.
- Preparation of lecture
notes and "Lesson Plan" as described in section IV.2.a below (School of Education
- Delivery of the
lecture, including a multi-media component (The School of Education
students will deliver the lecture, while assisted by the rest of the group. The
multi-media component is to be decided upon and designed by all members of the
group, incorporating the media research done by the researchers.)
a. Every presentation must include a multi-media component.
b. The multi-media may be, for example, a website you create for the
class or a PowerPoint presentation. Your imagination is the limit
here. However, check with me prior to developing this part of the
assignment, to make sure our classroom can support your chosen
technology! If no one in your group has the required technological
know-how, please contact me ASAP.
- Writing of a "Lesson
Project" as described in section IV below (Each member of the group
will write a portion of the final project).
- On an individual basis, turn in the "Peer Review Form" no later than a week after your
presentation. Forms can be handed in to me after class, dropped during office
hours, or left in my mailbox. Failure
to turn in your form will
result in the loss of one-half letter grade from your project grade.
IV. Lesson Project
written assignment, or "Lesson Project", will consist of two major parts: the
lesson plan and the
final project must be typed in Times New Roman or Courier, 12pt font.
Margins are to be 1 inch all around, and line space should be double.
Avoid extended headings and unnecessary spacing.
sources, whether quoted directly or used indirectly, must be annotated. Either in-text notation or footnotes
will do. If you are not sure of how to annotate your sources, please see
me for further clarification.
original. Although ready-made lectures from the Internet may be consulted
(you must annotate them and list them in the bibliography), mere copying of them is unacceptable.
a. Lesson plan
The lesson plan is the written explanation of
the objectives and tools of the lecture. It should include the following:
· A section listing and
explaining the objectives of the lecture.
· A list of the tools to be used during the presentation, including an explanation of why they have been chosen/implemented.
This should include all multi-media components and reading assignments.
That is, here you should explain why your group chose the readings you did, and
how they are particularly representative of the topic. Why are they
· The lecture outline.
· The lecture notes.
· The guide questions for the assigned readings.
· A guide for discussion of the readings. How do you propose
to start/encourage discussion? What are the main topics to highlight?
Which parts of the reading should be stressed? Etc.
b. Research report
report is the written summary of the
researchers' findings. It should include the rough material from which the lecture notes
are to be compiled.
· The report should summarize the sources you have found about the
topic. It may be organized by theme/sub-headings or it may follow the
· It should include quotes and annotations.
· It should not include photocopies or web print-outs.
· Researchers must
include a bibliography, listing separately primary and secondary sources.
Within each of those, websites should be listed first, with other sources
If you have any
questions, please contact me. I recommend that you start work on the project as early as
possible. Although the work itself is not hard, the project
will be time-consuming and will require coordination among all members of the
For group assignment deadlines and presentation dates,
consult the course schedule (handed-out separately).