From the end of the Civil War in 1865 until the turn of the century in 1900, America underwent significant changes that transformed it into a modern industrial nation. Your assignment will be to tell one part of the story of this transformation through words and visuals in storyboard form. Storyboards are used by filmmakers to plan out the shots that they will use in their movies. In many ways, they are similar to graphic novels in comic strips. This approach will also give us the ability to cover a significant amount of material (four chapters from your textbook) in a short amount of time. The directions below provide you with information on what you will need to be successful in producing your assigned storyboard.
Topic selection/research: On February 12, you and your partner will be asked to commit to working with one of the subtopics from the list provided on the reverse side of this page. Once you have selected your subtopic, you will need to consult the textbook for information on your topic. You'll want to pay special attention to the terms listed next to your subtopics. These terms need to appear and be fully explained in the storyboard that you produce.
Storyboard design/production: You and your partner will have significant class time during the week to design and produce your final storyboard. Storyboards must include the following elements:
5-7 panels with both visuals and text captions/banners
inclusion and explanation of all terms listed for the assigned textbook section
terms should be written in bold and/or a different color from other text
title and panels fill an 18 x 24 sheet of construction paper
Storyboard gallery: Completed storyboards must be ready for viewing at the beginning of class on February 19th. Students will then be given an opportunity to view/read all storyboards and completed guide that will help to prepare them for the unit test.
Grading The completed storyboard constitutes both a classwork and a project grade, as it will require both class time and at home preparation to be successfully completed. Your grade will be based on the rubric below.
Students produce a superior quality storyboard that has all required elements, including substantive details and creative artwork, clearly describes required terms, all visuals and text are relevant, comprehensive, and informative. ---100%
As above, but could use additional substantive details for clarity/comprehension.
Good effort; final product shows quality and attention to detail but may need further explanation of terms and context; visuals could use more creativity/attention to detail.
As above, may be missing up to one required term and/or panel.
May need more substantive detail and/or attention to visuals; product provides an adequate treatment of the assigned topic area, but may be missing more than one panel/term.
Submitted late (after start of class on due date) but not after the second date of viewing; final product may be missing significant elements/details.
*The Plight of Native Americans Ch. 17, (pp. 511-523)
Terms: “Buffalo Bill” Cody/buffalo slaughter, Sand Creek Massacre, Battle of Little Bighorn/Custer’s Last Stand/Red Cloud/Sitting Bull, Red River War, Treaty of Fort Laramie, Helen Hunt Jackson/A Century of Dishonor, Dawes Severalty Act, Carlisle Indian School, Ghost Dance/Wounded Knee
*Settling the West Ch. 17, (pp. 523-539)
Terms: Pacific Railroad Act/Transcontinental Railroad, Munn -v- Illinois, Interstate Commerce Commission, Homestead Act/homesteaders, Comstock Lode/Klondike gold rush/Joseph McCoy/Chisholm Trail/cowboys, Bonanza farms/Oklahoma land rush, Frederick Jackson Turner, Conservation/Yellowstone National Park/John Muir/Sierra Club
*Rise of Corporate America Ch. 18, (pp. 544-557)
Terms: Features of Industrial Manufacturing, Vanderbilt/Railroads, Carnegie/Bessemer/Steel, Rockefeller/Standard Oil, Edwin L. Drake, Interstate Commerce Act, Sherman Anti-Trust Act, Vertical/Horizontal Integration, US -v- E.C. Knight Company, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan/G.E/Westinghouse
*Factories and the Work Force Ch. 18, (pp. 560-573)
terms: The Grange, Farmers’ Alliances, Populism, Panic of 1893, bimetallism, gold standard,
Gold Bugs, Silverites, William Jennings Bryan, Election of 1896
Thomas Edison, electricity, typewriter, Alexander Graham Bell, telephone
*Working Class Politics and Reform Ch. 19, (pp. 583-591, 596-604)
terms: Transcontinental Railroad, time zones, George M. Pullman, Credit Mobilier scandal,
Granger laws, Munn v. Illinois, Interstate Commerce Act
*Political and Economic Upheaval Ch. 20, (pp. 609-617, 627-629)
*The Populists and Time for the People Ch. 19, (pp. 617-629)
AMERICAN STORYBOARDS: GALLERY NOTES Name: _____________________________
Please use the time provided in class today and during the next class period (half of the block) to take notes on the storyboards produced by your classmates. Pay special attention to terms in bold (the same ones listed on your American Storyboards assignment sheet). You might even want to summarize your own storyboard since you will be able to use this set of notes on the upcoming “Industrial America” unit test. The completed gallery notes will be turned in with the unit test and will constitute a class work credit.
The Plight of Native Americans
Who is Sitting Bull? Leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux tribe, he led his people during years of resistance to US gov’t policies, he defeated Custer and US troops at the battle of Little Bighorn
Who was killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn? George A. Custer
What happened at Sand Creek? Led by John Chivington, a group of white men attacked a peaceful Cheyenne village and killed 150 men, women and children
What is the Dawes Act? Divided American Indian tribal land into allotments for Native Americans, those who accepted the land could become citizens, the act was an attempt to “Americanize” Indians
What is the idea of blending Native Americans into American culture? Assimilation
Cattle Trails & Cowboys
What was the type of cattle used on the long drives? Cows, Longhorns
Where did the term cowboys originate from? Spanish word “vaquero”, meaning “a boy who tends cows”
What did Joseph McCoy do? A famous longhorn farmer, he is best known for promoting transport of longhorns from Texas to the east coast
Who invented barbed wire? Joseph Glidden
What act provided farmers with free land from the Federal Government? Homestead Act
What is the term for African-Americans who left the south to settle and farm in the Great Plains? Exodusters
What act created agricultural colleges in the mid-west? Morrill Act of 1862
The Populist Movement
What group of people are most closely associated with the Grange Movement? Farmers
What is the main focus of Populism? Movement of the people; established People’s Party 1892; goal was to give the people greater voice in government
What is the idea of backing paper money with both silver and gold? Bimetallism
What is the Gold standard? Backing dollars solely with gold; “gold bugs” strongly supported the gold standard
Who is William Jennings Bryan? Known as “The Great Commoner”, he was a dominant force in populist wing of Democratic party; anti-gold standard
Inventions & Industry
Who perfected a means to retrieve oil from the ground? Edwin L. Drake
The Bessemer process is used for what? Making iron into steel
What did the stronger steel help build (it helped with the growth of cities)? Skyscrapers, bridges, railroads, etc.
Who invented the light bulb Thomas Edison
Who invented the typewriter? Christopher Sholes
Alexander Graham Bell is most closely associated with which invention? Telephone
The Age of Railroads
What was the Transcontinental Railroad? First railroad built that crossed the nation from Atlantic to Pacific
Time zones were introduced to benefit which group? Train travelers and railroad companies
Who was George M. Pullman? American engineer and industrialist; founder of the sleeping car (railway passenger cars with beds for passengers)
What was the Credit Mobilier scandal? Scandal involving railroads, Congressmen distributed cash bribes and discounted Crédit Mobiliershares of stock to other congressmen, in exchange for votes and actions favorable to the Union Pacific; the scandal caused public distrust of Congress and federal government
Andrew Carnegie is most closely associated with which industry? Steel industry
What business strategy did Andrew Carnegie use? Horizontal integration – merging of companies that make similar products to make one larger, more powerful company
John D. Rockefeller is most closely associated with which industry? Oil industry
What is a “Robber baron”? Businessmen (such as Carnegie and Rockefeller) who engaged in unethical and monopolistic practices