• Mrs. Scott's Project:
    In 1989, Billy Joel released a CD entitled “Storm Front”. On this CD was a song called “We Didn’t Start the Fire” which addresses issues of world significance since 1949. Notice he begins with 1949 (I know, I know… he is off by two years… we’ll let that slide) and ends with 1963. The remaining years, 1964 through 1989, are grouped together.

    This assignment can be completed individually or with a partner, but expectations will be dictated by how you choose to work on this. Partnerships will have additional expectations as there are two people working on the same goal, in theory. Each student will be assigned a person, place or event from the song. Partnerships will be expected to choose two assignments. Each person, place or event in the song has already been numbered one through one hundred. Students will draw a random number from a box; the student will be responsible for the term that corresponds with the number drawn. If you so desire to make a trade, it must be mutual and must occur by __________. Those making the change must both be present to make the change official so that we do not have duplicate topics being reported on later in May.

    The individual student or partnership will design a presentation for his/her term(s). In order to receive an “A” or “B”, the following criteria must be met:

    1. The presentation must include technology: PowerPoint, Podcast, movie, glog or museum box (I can speak with you about these last two individually if you wish!)
    2. There will also be a speaking component in place where you share the context of your term or person, what you personally learned and why you feel this person or event is significant for people to know about your topic! The verbal presentation will be graded, and in the case of partnerships both must talk not just one person saddled with that responsibility. (40 points possible)
    3. At least FiVE pictures of/ or relating to the term must be included. (10 points)
    4. These Four questions must be answered in your own words or phrases who is the person / Where is the place / what is the definition of the term?
    · What happened with the term in that year that was so significant?
    · Why did Billy Joel select your term for inclusion in the lyrics of the song? And what is behind the refrain of the song? (Look for historical evidence of the reason)
    · What should your classmates know that you found out that might elevate their understanding of the topic and the details surrounding it (put the person or term in proper context)?
    The Four questions will be valued at 8 points each for quality answers =
    (32 points possible)
    5.The presentation should contain many images, a lot of relevant information pertaining to your person or event. Use large pictures, large words so it can be seen easily. Make smart color and font decisions for easy legibility. (5 points possible)
    6. There must be a handout accompanying your presentation so that the audience can get important information for the Final Exam that will certainly contain reference to this! A completion style worksheet or open-ended response question is recommended- something that will guarantee that they listen to you and are accountable for it! (15 points possible)
    7. List the sources (books, websites, etc.) used. Be specific with the websites. (8 points possible)

    If you are reluctant to use technology to “kick this up a notch”; you should know that this is a tiered assignment with your top grade available for a traditional poster being a “C”. If you are concerned about access to technology; I am looking at providing two class days for students to work individually/or in partners to try to finish up many of the details associated with this using our class laptops. That would provide access to most technologies that students would want to use on this assignment.
    Those content with a “C” will still complete a student handout, make a poster and be prepared to talk about said topic.

    Tech Days: 

    Project Due Date:

    All parts are due on this date, despite presentations occurring throughout this week into the following. Late projects will be devalued at 10% EACH day LATE!

    Point Value: 110 Points Possible 


    Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray
    South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

    Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
    North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

    Rosenbergs, H Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
    Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye

    Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
    Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

    We didn't start the fire
    It was always burning
    Since the world's been turning
    We didn't start the fire
    No we didn't light it
    But we tried to fight it

    Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
    Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

    Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
    Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

    Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
    Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

    Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
    Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez


    Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
    Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai

    Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
    Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide

    Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
    Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

    U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
    Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo


    Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
    Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

    Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
    Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

    Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
    J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say


    Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
    Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
    Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
    Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

    Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
    Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
    Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
    Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore