Project Overview

For this assignment you will explore a person or time period in American history from 1865 to the present. In addition to discussing the historical background of your topic, you will also explore an influential piece of writing that relates to your time period, or that your person of interest wrote. By doing this, you should explain how this text "got things done," or "made things happen," and you should also address the past or present human troubles which stem from this text. Finally, you will discuss the impact this person or event had on America, and how this still resonates in our country today.

Ways to think about your essay topic: Is there a current event, movement, news story that you are interested in? If so, try to figure out the historical roots of the problem or issue. Focus on the major themes of race, civil rights, citizenship, gender, politics, economics then focus more closely on a particular problem or issue.

First Year Symposium - 10% of final grade

Once you have all of your research you will create an oral/visual presentation to represent Triad K at our annual First Year Symposium. You already have experience creating visual rhetoric with your writing displays, so now we are going to take it a step further and have a live audience. Requirements:

  • Presentation must be on a trifold board, a PowerPoint, a Prezi, or another acceptable format
  • Conference with instructor
  • Attend Practice Presentations on Tuesday, November 17th
  • Present at First Year Symposium on Thursday, November 19th

The Essay - 15% of final grade

As stated above, you will use the research you collect on your person/event to write the expository essay. You will need to incorporate all of the sources included in your Annotated Bibliography into this essay, as well as the historical context for the person/event. Remember to address how this text "got things done," or "made things happen," the Triad K theme of Human Trouble, and the impact this person or event had on America, and how this still resonates in our country today. Requirements:

  • Submit a draft for peer-review workshop
  • Conference with instructor
  • Due: Tuesday, December 1st at the beginning of class

Assignment adapted from Jen Bray