All infomercials must include a visual aid

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APUSH chapter 14 project: Antebellum Reform Movements
Develop an infomercial describing your reform movement. The goal of the presentation is to convince your classmates to buy into or join your assigned reform movement. All infomercials must include a visual aid.
Be creative! Costumes, props, and the use of music is encouraged to help sell your “product”.

Infomercials should be limited to 10 minutes.

The class will vote on the best infomercial, fabulous prizes await the winner!
Possible topics to be assigned randomly:

Prison and Institutional Reform



Women’s Rights




Health Fads and Spiritualism
Each infomercial must include the following information:

  1. Organizations associated with the reform movement

  2. Leaders/important people of the reform movement

  3. Goals

  4. Accomplishments

  5. Affect on society today

Students should be prepared to present their infomercial at the beginning of class on Monday 10-26-09.


Antebellum Reform Movements Infomercial

Name: ________________________

Teacher: Mr. Kadzis

Date of Presentation: ____________

Title of Work: ___________________










Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information.

Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around.

Student presents information in logical sequence which audience can follow.

Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow.


Content Knowledge

Student does not have grasp of information; student cannot answer questions about subject.

Student is uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions.

Student is at ease with content, but fails to elaborate.

Student demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) with explanations and elaboration.



Student used no visuals.

Student occasional used visuals that rarely support text and presentation.

Visuals related to text and presentation.

Student used visuals to reinforce screen text and presentation.



Student's presentation had four or more spelling errors and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation had three misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation has no more than two misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.



Student mumbles, incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly for students in the back of class to hear.

Student incorrectly pronounces terms. Audience members have difficulty hearing presentation.

Student's voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly.

Student used a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms.








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