Founding Brothers Project



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Founding Brothers Project
Your summer reading book, Founding Brothers, discusses the men we Americans commonly refer to as our “founding fathers”: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, etc. These are the people who helped to found the United States of America, taking it from a colony of England to an independent nation that would one day be one of the most powerful in the world. He takes a different look at these Americans, however, thinking of them not as fathers but as brothers, not as historical figures but as real people with real lives.
Your project is to do your own study of a “founding” American and present it as a multi-genre research project.




What is a multi-genre research project? A multi-genre research project is like a research paper: you research a topic and present the information. However, instead of presenting all the information in one essay, you can choose different genres to present your research.
What is a genre? A genre is a type of text. For example, a poem is a genre. A newspaper article is a genre. An essay is a genre. A collage is a genre.

Student Learning Objectives:

  • Students will research an important figure in early American history.

  • Students will synthesize their research into a multi-genre research project.


Criteria:

  • Project demonstrates research on an early American

  • Project uses three genres to present research

  • Project contains an introduction and conclusion

  • Project addresses the three focus questions

  • Project communicates relevant information clearly – information is organized

  • Project is accurate

  • Project is interesting and thoughtful

  • Project is presented professionally, with few errors

  • Project cites sources

Students who meet all these criteria will receive full credit (100%).

Reading Assignments:

  • 6/19: pages1-47

  • 7/10: pages 48-162 (about 5 pages a day)

  • 7/31: pages 163-248 (about 4 pages a day)


Getting Started…
Who will I research? You will research an important early American. You may choose

  • one of the people discussed in the book, OR

  • another important early American (before 1900)


Founding Brothers (and sister) from the book: Abigail Adams, John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.
Other early Americans:

  • Some Early American Women: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Annie Wittenmyer, Frances Willard, Abigail Adams, Sarah Grimké, Elizabeth Blackwell

  • List of prominent Native Americans (make sure the one you choose is from early America) http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aihmbioaz.html

  • List of African American abolitionists: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmpeople16.html

  • Latinos in history: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/Hispanic/history1.htm





What will I write about?

You will have three focus questions, each one presented in a different genre:



  • Who was s/he? Research biographical information

  • What did s/he accomplish? Research a political / historical accomplishment

  • What was going on? What important situations or events made their accomplishments important? Research the time / place they lived


What genres will I use? You will choose three genres, one for each question.

  • essay

  • interview

  • collage

  • Power Point

  • Descriptive paragraph

  • Painting

  • Diorama

  • News article

  • Poem

  • Short Story

  • Dialogue between two people

  • Cartoon or comic strip

  • Diary entry

  • Encyclopedia entry

  • Letter

  • Obituary

  • Song

  • Wanted poster

  • Travel poster

  • Website

Research Sources:
To find information about your early American, you will use the book, Founding Brothers, and the internet. When you find a source that will be useful, record the information below. This will make it easier for you to take notes.

You should have at least two sources.




SOURCE 1

AUTHOR: Joseph Ellis

TITLE OF BOOK: Founding Brothers

DATE PUBLISHED: 2000

PUBLISHING COMPANY: Random House

CITY PUBLISHED: New York




SOURCE 2

AUTHOR:

TITLE OF ARTICLE:

TITLE OF WEBSITE:

DATE PUBLISHED:

TODAY’S DATE:

URL:




SOURCE 3

AUTHOR:

TITLE OF ARTICLE:

TITLE OF WEBSITE:

DATE PUBLISHED:

TODAY’S DATE:

URL:



SOURCE 4

AUTHOR:

TITLE OF ARTICLE:

TITLE OF WEBSITE:

DATE PUBLISHED:

TODAY’S DATE:

URL:




SOURCE 5

AUTHOR:

TITLE OF ARTICLE:

TITLE OF WEBSITE:

DATE PUBLISHED:

TODAY’S DATE:

URL:




SOURCE 6

AUTHOR:

TITLE OF ARTICLE:

TITLE OF WEBSITE:

DATE PUBLISHED:

TODAY’S DATE:

URL:




SOURCE 7

AUTHOR:

TITLE OF ARTICLE:

TITLE OF WEBSITE:

DATE PUBLISHED:

TODAY’S DATE:

URL:


Research Notes:
While conducting research, it’s important to take notes so that we remember what we learned and where we found it. For this project, we’ll organize our research around three categories: Time and Place, Biographical Information, Accomplishment(s).
On the right-hand side, write notes on important information you found about the Time and Place in which your leader lived. On the left-hand side, write the source number (see pages 4 and 5) where you found the information.


TIME AND PLACE:

When did this person live? What issues or historical events were important? What was the society like?



SOURCE #

NOTES:








BIOGRAPHICAL INFO:

Write notes on anything about this person’s life or personality that you think is important:





SOURCE #

NOTES:









ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

What did this person accomplish that was important to America? How did this person impact the society in which s/he lived?





SOURCE #

NOTES:






Writing your Multi-Genre Research Project…
Now that you have collected the important information, you are ready to begin presenting your research. Review the genres listed below, and determine the best genre to present each topic.


Genres: You will choose three genres, one for each question.

  • essay

  • interview

  • collage

  • Power Point

  • Descriptive paragraph

  • Painting

  • Diorama

  • News article

  • Poem

  • Short Story

  • Dialogue between two people

  • Cartoon or comic strip

  • Diary entry

  • Encyclopedia entry

  • Letter

  • Obituary

  • Song

  • Wanted poster

  • Travel poster

  • A quiz

  • Website


For explanations and examples of these genres, see http://www.sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us/cyberenglish9/multi_genre/multigenre.htm
If you have an idea for another genre, discuss your idea with Ms. Holbrook.
TOPIC GENRE

Time / Place: _______________________________________________


Biographical Information: _______________________________________________

Accomplishment(s): _______________________________________________


Directions for putting together your research project:


  1. Create a title page that includes your title, your name, and the date

  2. Table of contents page

  3. Write an introduction – why is this person important to read about?

  4. Your three topics in three different genres come next – you may put these in the order you see fit

  5. Write a conclusion – what did you learn from doing this project? What made it challenging? What made it satisfactory?

  6. Sources Cited – write a bibliography of the sources you used

Example multi-genre research papers:



http://www.sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us/cyberenglish9/multi_genre/best.htm





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