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Imagine that you were a 16-year old attending prepartory school in New Hampshire in 1942.
Consider information like:
World War II
Popular authors, singers, actors, etc.
Your job will be to create a PowerPoint-formatted electronic time capsule for the characters in A Separate Peace that will help them remember the summer that changed their lives. Your PowerPoint presentation should be 15-20 slides in length (not counting works cited slides). You will have two class days to complete the time capsule project and may work with one other person.
- Collect a variety of information on 1942.
With the data you find, you will develop a list of items to include in an electronic time capsule that will give an overall representation of the time.
- To help Gene remember his life as a sixteen-year-old, find information that was relevant to his life at the time. Consider things like:
World War II and its South Pacific battles
Advertisements and propaganda posters
Popular authors, singers, actors, etc.
New inventions and medical discoveries
- 15-20 PowerPoint slides for content
- 1-2 slides for works cited sources will work well for this project.
Too many PowerPoint slides will cause your audience to yawn.
- Use pictures, but incorporate them creatively.
You can also use your own artwork if it is appropriate.
- Be sure to title and/or caption your graphics.
- Do not feel limited to this list of items to include!!! Try to think of other forms of documentation to use -- creativity is a large portion of your presentation.
Homepage of Exeter Academy.
Article by John Knowles discussing his time at Exeter.
Photographic essay of the moods and setting of A Separate Peace.
Description of Exeter's response to the coming of World War II.
Discussion of life at Exeter during World War II.
Changes made at Exeter to meet special circumstances caused by the draft.
How labor entered the curriculum at Exeter.
John Knowles discusses his novel.
Faculty perspective of life at Exeter in the forties.
An educational website dedicated to the New Deal and surrounding times that contains links to speeches, photos, letters, and interviews.
A subject index for the New Deal Network. May be useful to search for specific subjects.
Approximately 30,000 political cartoons about Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration.
Homepage for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Photographs of the Great Depression.
Photographs of World War II
Pictures from National Archives of World War II.
Links to timelines and information on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the New Deal.
Photographs from the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection of America from 1935-1945.
Heisman Award winners.
Article on TIME magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1942..
Summary of battles in Pacific between U.S. Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy.
Information on Casablanca
Information on Roy Rogers.
A list of movies from various time periods.
A list of World War II movies.
Random facts about American history.
Pictures of Cars from the 1930s and 1940s
Lyrics to "White Christmas."
A guide to the Oscars of 1942.
History of the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Information on the Glenn Miller Band.
An "A" capsule must include at least these components:
CONTENT: 70 points
- information about WW II battles in the Pacific
- advertisements and/or American propaganda posters from the early 1940s
- information about a popular song(s) and/or singers
- information about popular authors, singers, actors, etc.
- information about a new invention or medical discovery
- information about typical teenage clothing for young men
- information about American political leaders during 1942-1945
- material is well-researched, well-written, and well-organized
TECHNICAL: 30 points
- PowerPoint displays critical thinking in placement of text, sequencing of pages, and page composition
- Works cited slides are complete (at end of PowerPoint)
- Presentation includes 10-15 slides unified by cohesive slide backgrounds