- Sample story map http://arcg.is/1ryKWS
As you embark upon your historical geography portfolio project, I wanted to give you a few thoughts on history and geography.
Hopefully, after looking at these two brief articles, you will have a fuller understanding on the role of historical geography in the study of history.
Please note that this is a very broad topic that you can narrow in many ways. “Relations” can be defined in many ways to include political, religious, social, cultural, military, or economic. So, just as with a broad prompt for an analytical essay, you will have to do some brainstorming/concept mapping to come up with your narrowed focus. You are welcome to email me to discuss your overall thesis (ie the narrowed topic) for your project before you get too far along.
Using information in the course module, textbook, or linked materials in the textbook/modules to other sites, you will research and develop your theme. , you are permitted to use ACADEMICALLY ACCEPTABLE (for college level research) WEBSITES to also gather information. You will search the Internet to find suitable images and maps to use in you project. When completed you will have an introduction and SIX LOCATIONS that are relevant to your narrowed topic relating to the theme of Foreign Relations. You will present your analysis in a Story Map (which is a free tool – see link below).
“Story Map” is aptly named. This app allows you to create an historical analysis based upon geography that allows for rich imagery and mapping. The key components you will provide will be an introduction explaining your theme (just like an introductory paragraph to an essay) then the six locations that in some way relate to your theme. Each of these locations will have a one paragraph historical geography analysis (like a paragraph in an essay) answering the basic questions of “What happened where, why it happened there, and who cares?” discussed in the reading above. The Story Map will allow you to not only MAP the location, but also provide another image to show what you are talking about (for example, if you are talking about trade with Asia, you may want to provide an image of a political cartoon of “Dollar Diplomacy” to go along with your analysis). And, of course, you must provide footnote citations for the materials you consulted in your analysis of each location.
The other element in the project is your Reflective Essay, which is a 1-2 page discussion of the key points and findings of all six locations taken together and any patterns you are seeing based upon geography and chronology. This is not a restatement of the paragraphs of the Story Map, but is a critical thinking exercise in which you reflect upon what you have learned from the project, the “big picture.”
Don’t be daunted, think of the Story Map as an analytical essay broken up into chunks with maps and images. The Reflection is a shorter essay in which you will consider how all of the chunks fit together both geographically and chronologically, in which you discuss your “take-aways” from the project. Although this project will require some diligence and time management on your part, don’t make it harder by making it harder than it needs to be.
Your map will be graded on following the above instructions (having all the requisite elements listed above) in addition to logic and clarity, historical and geographical analysis, accuracy, grammar and mechanics (including citations), and aesthetics.
Your reflective analysis will be graded like any other essay: logic and clarity of argument, required components, accuracy of analysis, grammar and mechanics.
The first page you will come to using this link asks for you to log in or create an account.
After you log in/create account, you will land on the Story Map app page.
Be sure to read through the “Overview” and “Tutorial” information of the Story Map Journal, and take a look at the “Gallery,” before clicking on “Build” to begin your own Story Map. There is a lot of very useful “how-to” information here that will help you to build your map.
Below you will find our step-by-step instructions for the Story Map Journal and a checklist you may use to make sure you have all of the required elements.
Contact me if you have any questions about creating your Story Map, but I ask you to review the the tutorial information and our instructions/FAQs first and then clearly tell me what the problem is and what you have tried to do to resolve it so that I can target my response to your specific problem.
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