Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Making an informed decision utilizing Primary sources
Author:
Lisa Eastman
Course:
US History
Time Frame:
1-2 weeks
Subjects:
Cuban Missile Crisis

Grade Levels:
9, 10, 11, 12

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:

 

Cooperative learning/technology/primary sources



  • Students will be given a historical crisis and have to make a decisions as the presidents before them have based on Primary sources from the respective Presidential libraries and official transcripts:

Kennedy (https://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Services.aspx)

 

  • Bay of Pigs

  • Cuban Missle crisis

  • Assaination of MLK

  • Assanation of Kennedy himself

Rationale:

I am doing this so students learn how to utilize online resources and learn the importance of reliable sources and appreciate what exactly the president does in his decision making process.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:


 

  • WI State standards:

  • B.12.1 Explain different points of view on the same historical event, using data gathered from various sources, such as letters, journals, diaries, newspapers, government documents, and speeches

  • B.12.2 Analyze primary and secondary sources related to a historical question to evaluate their relevance, make comparisons, integrate new information with prior knowledge, and come to a reasoned conclusion

  • B.12.3 Recall, select, and analyze significant historical periods and the relationships among them

  • B.12.4 Assess the validity of different interpretations of significant historical events

  • B.12.5 Gather various types of historical evidence, including visual and quantitative data, to analyze issues of freedom and equality, liberty and order, region and nation, individual and community, law and conscience, diversity and civic duty; form a reasoned conclusion in the light of other possible conclusions; and develop a coherent argument in the light of other possible arguments

  • B.12.6 Select and analyze various documents that have influenced the legal, political, and constitutional heritage of the United States

  • B.12.8 Recall, select, and explain the significance of important people, their work, and their ideas in the areas of political and intellectual leadership, inventions, discoveries, and the arts, within each major era of Wisconsin, United States, and world history

  • B.12.11 Compare examples and analyze why governments of various countries have sometimes sought peaceful resolution to conflicts and sometimes gone to war

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

 

  • https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_3?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=mlk+assassination&sprefix=MLK%2Cstripbooks%2C134&crid=1QMLQ4ZN1EZQR

  • https://www.amazon.com/John-F.-Kennedy/e/B000APFSFC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

  • https://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Days-Memoir-Missile-Crisis/dp/0393318346/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501076095&sr=1-1&keywords=cuban+missile+crisis

Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

 

  • https://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Search-Our-Collections/Browse-Digital-Collections.aspx

  • https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington

  • http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/bay-of-pigs-invasion

 

Technology Required:

Computer access

Full description of activity or assignment.

 

  • Students will be randomly chosen and work in teams of 4-5 to research and develop a powerpoint on the era of Kennedy crisis and explain what outcomes they have gleaned from primary sources and historical fact. They will than present their finding to the class.  

 

Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:

 

  • Students will be self/peer assessed on their presentation and have to write a 2-3 page essay on what they have learned through the process as they see it from the presidents prospective.













Research PowerPoint                  Name:  _______________________

Evaluation Rubric



10 slides    10pts:                          0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10



 

5-10  minutes 10pts:              0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10



 

Included sources 10pts:                             0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Color Scheme, Font and Etc 10pts:              0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Images, Related Info 10pts: 0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Links 10pts: 0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Appearance 10pts: 0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Organization 10pts: 0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Spelling & Grammar 10pts: 0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




Objectives Met 10pts: 0     ½      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10




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