The History of Education in America

Assignment Options


Please choose ONE of the following assignment options to complete. Please note that assignments will be formally presented to the class. The assignment options are based on Dr. Howard Gardnerís Multiple Intelligenceís Theory; this means there are a variety of assignment options that should fit any learning style.  If you have a suggestion for any additional ideas, please let Dr. Stock know in class. This assignment is worth 100 points toward your final grade. Have fun and Good luck! 

  1. Write a research paper about the history of education beginning from the 1700s. Be sure to include a reference page formatted as per APA requirements.
  2. Write a newspaper article discussing some historical aspect of education.  The article must be relevant to that time period. Be very clear about the time period being written about.  Also, this assignment should be formatted to look like a newspaper article--complete with the publication date--remember, newspapers weren't printed for distribution until the early 1700s.
  3. Create a timeline, including major historical events, beginning with the year 1700 until the present. This timeline must go beyond the book (i. e., don't copy the one from the book). This may be done neatly as a poster or generated on the computer.  It's important to be able to speak intelligently about each event listed on your timeline during the formal class presentation, so know what those historical events really were and how they helped shape education, as we know it today.
  4. Create a series of bar graphs that display data with regard to population growth, as it pertains to education, beginning with the 1800s until the present.
  5. Read any book pertaining to the history of education and write a report. See me for suggestions.
  6. Paint (or create in some medium) a picture that represents your vision of education from an historical perspective. Your picture must include a card explaining its contents and historical significance.
  7. Write a song that represents your vision of education from a historical perspective.
  8. Write a script and role-play any person instrumental in the history of education.
  9. With one or two partners, write and present a short play representing any time period from the 1700s until the 1970s with regard to the history of education.
  10. Write at least three separate teacher diary entries that may have existed throughout history; the entries should be for the years 1750, 1850 and 1950.  The entries must contain evidence that is representative of that particular time period.  Be as authentic as possible, including the medium used for the assignment -- computers /word processing weren't available during these time periods.
  11. Build a model comparing two classrooms from different periods in history (for example; one from 1750 and another from 1950). The model must be historically accurate for each time period and include a typed one-page attachment describing, in detail, the two classrooms. A comparison must also be made with regard to the two classrooms.
  12. Research one or more of the following populations typically marginalized throughout education.  Write a paper and create a PowerPoint presentation, highlighting the main points, to share with the class: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Females.
  13. Write a 3-5 page paper on any one of the following people (APA format): Comenius (Jan Komensky), Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Friedrich Froebel, Johann Herbart, Emma Hart Willard, Horace Mann, Prudence Crandall, Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Mary McLeod Bethune, Jean Piaget, Burrhus Frederick (B.F.)Skinner, Sylvia Ashton-Warner, Kenneth Clark, Jerome Bruner, Paulo Reglus Neves Freire.


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