Recently in Mr. Cordle’s 11th grade AP US History (APUSH) class, students created presentations on Native American tribes. The students all chose one Native American tribe and presented the tribe to the class, describing their history, way of life, and social structures. The students were also allowed to dress up in a costume of their tribe, which many participated in. Multiple competitions took place in the room, demonstrating games that the Native Americans played. Artifacts and objects were brought in by the dozen, enforcing the visual effect of the presentations. From war paint and tomahawks, to loincloths and sea shells, the AP class definitely stepped up to the challenge of creating an interesting and exciting collection of presentations.
Some students explained their thoughts on the assignment. “I think projects are good, because we get to understand and immerse ourselves in a subject. We can dominate a subject and explain it.” Laura Obregon exclaims. Students were also allowed to interact with their class alongside their project with games, quizzes, and dances that came from their tribe. When asked what she learned from her classmates’ projects, Liz Adair answered, “I learned about the varying cultures and societies that each Indian tribe entertained. To my surprise, most of them were very different from each other.”
Not all projects are forever. A horrible tragedy happened to a part of Matt Kennedy’s presentation. When finished with his project, he set an ancient Indian horse hair pot on the desk behind him, and hastily reached back while stretching. Consequently he knocked the pot to the ground and shattered it. “Even though it was tragic, the funniest part about the projects was when Matt dropped his vase.” Sarah Elliot comments on her best friend’s adversity.
By: Morgan LaRon Curry and Brett Buchanan