The Big Book Of ABC History Project

The Big Book of ABC’s

The students will create an American History after 1877:  ABC book. This will be a collaborative effort for the class as a whole.

We are going to collectively make an ABC book explaining 26 of the most important concepts of 19th– and 20th– century America.

The format is simple. “A is for ______, B is for _________” etc.

Students must submit a list, in order of preference (up to three events/concepts), of which ABC book concept they would like to submit. The student must also submit a 250-word essay (“Persuasive Paragraphs,” in the discussion worth 15 points) as to why they are particularly suited to their first choice.

There are five themes which you can choose from:  Politics/Military, Culture, The Bad and the Sad, The Underrepresented, and American Technology and Business.

Instructions for the assignment click here


Example:  L for Los Angeles Riots, A for Aids Epidemic, etc.

Below is an example of how your project should be submitted

1-For each letter you must include a related photograph, political cartoon, or graph/chart/

2-For each letter you must write a two hundred (200) word description of your chosen theme.

3-Your research must include three primary sources that you will create an annotated bibliography.

As a class we will create a bibliography page with the book. Review your graded annotated bibliography.

You will research your chosen topic:  Example A is for Aids Epidemic,

sources I would use for annotated bibliography:  1-Shilts, Randy (1987). And the band played on : politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic. New York: St. Martin’s Press.  2-Bragdon v. Abbott, 524 U.S. 624 (1998) (Links to an external site.) 3-McNeil, Donald.  H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before ‘Patient Zero’.  New York Times.  October 26, 2016.  I would annotate each source.

4-After each student has finalized their alphabet, the student will put them into the Google Document template I have provided  :  (make a copy and edit, then submit the link in your submission in Canvas)

Then save the Google template as a PPT and submit to Canvas, do not submit the link but the actual file.