Imagine that you are living during the Great Depression and that your classmates have decided to put together a time capsule for students of the future to use to learn and understand what life was like during the Great Depression.
What is a time capsule?
Time Capsule - noun
a receptacle containing documents or objects typical of the current period, placed in the earth or in a cornerstone for discovery in the future
A time capsule is representative of many aspects of a time period and not just representative of just one or two interesting or peculiar aspects of the time. A well-stocked time capsule should include items and artifacts that represent:
Daily life - what people did, work, family life, eating, clothing, prices of common items, what students were learning in school, marriage/divorce rates, etc.
News events - big headlines from the time - political, social, and economic
Music and Entertainment - popular music from the time, lyrics, recordings, popular film from the time, film clips, radio, theatre, sports, what people did for fun
Art and Literature - examples that represent the time period
Your time capsule should contain various artifacts that represent cultural and historical documents of the day. A person looking at your time capsule of the Great Depression should feel that he/she has a much better understanding of that period of time.
Here are more ideas adapted from: http://www.heritagetimecapsules.com/
What Can You Put InTime Capsules?
Letterhead & Business Cards
Automobile Sales Brochures
Be sure to refer to the Evaluation/Rubric as necessary for more specific criteria for your time capsule.
Your team's Task for this project has two parts:
1) Select 14 items/artifacts you want to put into your Time Capsule. You will prepare a Google Doc PRESENTATION that includes these 14 items/artifacts as slides. Your PRESENTATION should last 5-7 minutes.
2) Create an Artifact Inventory List that contains all the artifacts and documents included in your Time Capsule. Each entry must provide a description as well as an explanation as to how each artifact and document illustrates an aspect of life during the Great Depression. Refer to Evaluation/Rubric for more specific criteria.