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Project Overview:

Student groups of 4-5 will be assigned a decade in U.S. history to research at the national and local levels.  Groups will create a written product and at least a five minute documentary that will be screened to an audience in some capacity.

The Final Project will require the following:

Research:  Students will be expected to complete thorough research utilizing a variety of primary and secondary sources and will be expected to complete out of class research.  

Examples include:

  • YOUR TEXTBOOK is a great source for information and will be necessary to complete your decade overview.
  • The databases the LRC offers. 
  • Research at the Grayslake Historical Society and Museum!
  • Research at another locale- perhaps the Grayslake Library, the CLC library, the Grayslake Village Hall, the Lake County Courthouse and many, many more!
  • You may need to research and film on location!  This could mean trips around town!   
  • You will need AT LEAST ONE interview for your documentary.  This could be an individual alive during your decade or an individual with knowledge of your decade/topic.  
  • Each team will be required to use a variety of PRIMARY and SECONDARY sources.

 A Written Component:

 Each Film Team will need to complete:

  •  An annotated Bibliography per the guidelines presented in class.

  • A 2-3 page OVERVIEW of what was going on in the US during your assignment decade.  Each individual will be assigned a SPECFIC sub-topic to complete research on over Spring Break.  For example, political, social economic etc. events during your time period.  You should primarily rely on your textbook for this! 

  • A reflection component that culminates your research process with a compare/contrast reflection on life in Grayslake during your assigned time period in comparison to what was going on in the United States at that time. 

 A Documentary: 

  • At least 5 minutes long
  • Interview (either with an individual or highlight excerpts from an interview)
  • Images - Still photos and live shots
  • Appropriate music from the decade in particular
  • Proper captions and subtitles

We will be spending time in class working on “How to Create a Good Documentary” so do not worry about this yet.  What we want you to do is to start thinking about WHAT you could put in your documentary, what you will NEED to accomplish this and if you know of any individuals to INTERVIEW for your documentary.

While we certainly understand that this is a “big” project, we will be completing it in parts- so do not worry!  You should, however, ensure that you keep track of deadlines and your responsibilities to YOUR team.  While this is a GROUP effort, you will also receive an INDIVIDUAL grade for this project as well.   We will be providing you with time in-class to work on this project; however, you need to ensure that you are working outside of class on this as well.  In particular, you will need to be completing a good chunk of research on your own time by visiting the Grayslake Historical Society/Museum, locations for your documentary etc.  You will not be able to complete this project by solely using your textbook and school databases. 

Furthermore, this project will comprise 10% of your Second Semester Grade as it is the Performance Task portion of your Final Exam.  Thus, you will have a Written Final worth 10% and this project will be worth 10%.

Upon receiving your group and decade, you will need to work together to choose your specific sub-topic.  Your responsibility is to become the “expert” on this sub-topic throughout the duration of the project.  Each group NEEDS to have at least ONE Political, Social AND Economic Sub-Topic.    

Here is a Potential List of sub-topics:  

  • Entertainment
  • Civil Rights/Discrimination
  • Class Divisions/Differences
  • Economic Climate
  • Political Issues and Events
  • Domestic problems and government response
  • Cultural Transformation
  • Morals and Values
  • Conflict
  • Protests and Revolutions
  • International Relations/Affairs


Online Books

Gale Virtual Reference Library  (GVRL) collection of many eReference books; good background to supplement your text and class handouts.

Salem Press History - often has a nice overview of impact from a person/event.

To ACCESS SALEM PRESS from HOME - click HERE  password is trevians

ABC-CLIO (contains a few specific eBooks including ones on Pop Culture, Rock History, and Women's Roles)


Library Catalog


Use the link above to search the catalog -- we have 100's of books on the 20th century -- and WALK the SHELVES:

  • 900's, especially 973.9, for American history from 1950 to 2010
  • 700's; especially 780's for American music;
  • 300's, especially 306.4, for information on popular culture

Ask for help if you need it!!

*We will have a book cart available for students with commonly used books for this project.  There might be something we missed though, so please check the catalog anyhow!  We might be able to borrow a specific book from North as well.



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