Concept Cube Assignment
- The purpose of this project is to help you review a period of American history and to
see the relationships between causes and consequences.
- You may work with a partner or you can do this on your own.
- In either case, the work should be done well, be colorful and interesting,
and should use a carefully chosen set of images, graphs, songs, selections
from speeches, pictures, etc., to present your time period and topic.
- The first thing you need to do is to pick a topic. One side of the cube
will be a "title" side and this will contain the topic. Your topic
should be a major event in U. S. History.
- The next thing you need to do is to think back to five important "causes"
of your topic event. Try to avoid the obvious and make certain that those
significant events actually were "causes" of the event you are highlighting.
For instance, if you chose an event like the Boston Tea Party, what five things
led up to that event? Another way of looking at this is to pick a topic event
and then pose yourself the question: This event would never occurred unless
what five things had happened first?
- Having picked your title event, rank the five significant "causes"
in order from least to most important.
- Get an regular sized piece of poster paper. You do not have to use white.
You can either trace the pattern available in class, or you can measure out
your own as indicated below.
- It is a good idea to sketch out how you plan to proceed before you go hunting
- Start with your title side and think of an artful way of depicting it. Then
move down your list to the most significant cause, the next most significant
cause, etc., until you have planned out how you are going to represent each
of these "faces" of the cube.
- Whatever you do, you cannot just write words on the sides of the
cube; you must use graphs, pictures, song lyrics, political cartoons, etc.
And remember color, creativity, neatness all count.
- After the cube is completed, you must "present" your cube to the
class, introducing your topic and walking the class through the events you
chose and justifying your work as you go.
- Keep this in mind: your work will be displayed and used by students other
than those who know you or what you were thinking when you did the project.
* Here's an example of what I mean by a cause and effect list. Say, for instance
that students had the Civil War as their topic. They would need to dress up
one face of their cube with this topic, the five faces might involve a list
of events like the following where I have used side 6 as the title and listed
the events in ascending order toward that event
6. The Civil War
5. John Brown's raid or Dred Scott
4. Compromise of 1850 (fugitive slave law)
3. Gag Rule or Nullification
2. Missouri Compromise
1. 3/5 Compromise (U. S. Constitution)