to Fall 05 English Calendar
Project 3– American Stories
Women’s Pavilion at the Centennial Exposition
Philadelphia, December 1876.
Albumen photograph. Centennial Photographic Co.
The pavilion housed examples of women’s achievements from
painting to patented inventions.
your third web project you will be asked to become the historian and tell
one of America’s stories from the nineteenth century in our visual
web format. As we have seen, different historians, all looking at the
same evidence, can make different choices regarding what to include and
how to construct their narratives. We have also seen how the continuing
story of America creates emphasis and erasure, depending on point of view.
Your task will be to take one of the suggested topics and to craft, within
our limited parameters, a narrative that explains your topic and informs
your viewer. You will have to do the work of any teacher or historian,
deciding what to include, what to exclude, and how to tell the story.
You should see yourselves as contributors to the national narrative.
For your project consider the following:
- A brief
overview of your topic.
source material. The historian’s first job is to examine the evidence.
You have already done this in examining the slave ads and the paintings.
Think about what might be considered primary source material related
to your topic. Texts? Photographs? Newspapers? Maps?
- A timeline
in any format you choose, with at least 5 entries.
sketches, if your project suggests these.
- An interpretation
of how your topic fits into or affects the larger concerns of nineteenth
century America. Try here to make your own leap, from evidence to interpretation,
and not to depend entirely on someone else’s view.
about this assignment as a logical extension of your first two projects
which included description, historical context, and interpretation.
You are free
here to organize your material in any way you choose. Think about how
the story will logically flow, both textually and visually. Always keep
in mind your audience, that is, someone intelligent and curious, who is
not already familiar with the material, and who appreciates a clear, direct,
and interesting presentation.
overview of topic
- Some primary
source material (ask if you have trouble here)
- At least
3 sources, excluding your images
- A timeline
in any format with at least 5 entries
400-500 words of text (excluding the timeline)
parenthetical citations for all material either quoted directly or paraphrased
of all your sources, both text and image, in MLA format
name that reflects the project
from your menu page to the project, and from your project back to the
- At least
- Alt tags
for your images
- Link to
at least one external website, opening in a new window, giving your
viewer more information
of an image
More than one page with navigation between the pages
due – Tuesday, November 29
of Women’s Pavilion reproduced from:
Victorian Ideals of Gender. The Library Company of Philadelphia. 23 October