History Fair 2017 was a great success! Each year, the 8th graders continue to impress me with their knowledge and analysis of their respective topics. While I am incredibly proud of the time & effort each student contributed to his/her project, I would like to take the opportunity to recongize this year’s History Fair medalists who recieved the highest average scores on their projects:
Among these medalists, the following individuals will be competing in the Regional History Fair competition at Lane Tech on Saturday, April 22nd:
- Ellie, Mary Harris Thompson: Changing Medicine for Women
- Lauren & Suzy, Julia Lathrop: Making a Difference
- Nora, Chicago Freedom Movement
- Ericka, The Jungle: The Meatpacking Industry in Chicago
A big congratulations to all History Fair participants on a job well done! 🙂
INSPIRATION: This project was inspired by the ABC television show Shark Tank. This series features aspiring entrepreneurs making original business presentations to a panel of investors or “sharks” that choose whether or not to invest in the presented product or company.
DIRECTIONS: After choosing an invention from the Industrial Revolution, students will research their products to create a sales pitch that includes the following elements:
Begin your sales pitch by introducing yourself as the inventor. If you are working with a partner, you both must assume the role of an individual who contributed to the invention. If your inventor did not collaborate with anyone, your partner should assume the role of a patent lawyer or financial analyst.
Similarly to the first sentence of an introduction paragraph of a paper, your sales pitch needs a hook that relates to the invention and will grab the attention of the sharks.
Explain the problem you experienced that caused you create this invention. This will lead up nicely to the introduction of your invention.
Your solution should include a detailed description of the invention and explain how it serves as a solution to the aforementioned problem.
A patent is a government-issued license that protects your idea by disallowing anyone to make or sell your invention. Declare whether or not you have a patent for this product. If so, when was it issued.
Was this invention successful initially? Within the first few years, tell how many individuals purchased/used this invention.
A sales projection is the amount of revenue a company expects to earn. How many individuals do you anticipate will be using your product by 2017? Research how many times your invention has been sold and what the leading company (without mentioning its name) is worth. Use the most recent information available.
Based on the net worth of your product in 2017, how much money do you want the sharks to invest in exchange for what percentage of your company? For example: “Seeking a $75,000 investment in exchange for 10% equity in our company.”
During your sales pitch in class, the sharks will make offers. Your responsibility is to choose the best offer on the table. Have fun with this, but make sure you are including all of the required information! 🙂
A majority of this assignment will be completed in class. Be ready to deliver your sales pitch on Friday, January 20th!
8th Grade Families,
In social studies, the 8th graders have been working hard on individual research assignments that meet this year’s National History Day theme: “Taking a Stand”. While their topics vary, each student will be completing a 3+ page research paper and a 3-fold poster that proves how the individual, group, etc. took a stand in history.
The early stages of this project have been/will be completed in class. Typically, only work that is not finished in class will go home for homework in these early stages. These topics include the following:
- Choosing a Topic
- Researching a Topic
- Organizing Research into Categories
- Designing Topic Sentences for Each Paragraph
- Creating Well-Organized Paragraphs with In-Text Citations
- Refining the Rough Draft
The rough draft will be due before Christmas Break. Please check the homework section of my webpage for the official due date (TBD) and additional information. Feedback on the rough drafts will be given after students return from Christmas Break. Students will be expected to complete the final draft of their paper and the 3-fold poster outside of school.
History Fair Deadlines:
- Rough Draft: Friday, December 23rd
- Final Draft & 3-Fold Display Board: Wednesday, February 1st
History Fair Rubrics & Guidelines:
- In-Text Citations Guidelines
- Research Paper Rubric
- Display Board Rubric
- Judges’ Project Evaluation Sheet
History Fair at St. Giles will take place on the evening of Thursday, February 9th, 2017 (Note: projects will be due well before that date). Students who chose a topic relating to Chicago/Illinois may be eligible to qualify for the Chicago Metro Regional History Fair at Lane Tech High School on Saturday, April 22nd.
I look forward to this year’s History Fair!
Ms. ByrneView More
Links & Resources
Quizlet is a simple study tool that helps students prepare for assessments via flashcards, games, etc. Pre-made Quizlets will be created & posted before tests & quizzes in Social Studies.
Free Rice (ALL)
Free Rice is a multiple choice quiz game. For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Program.
CFHK is an internationally recognized charity organization that spreads hope, joy, and magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards.
(U.S.) Bill of Rights Song Lyrics (7th Grade)
The lyrics to this spin on Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” help students remember which rights are covered in our national Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Illinois Constitution Study Guide (8th Grade)
This study guide will help 8th grade students prepare to take the Illinois Constitution Test at the end of October. This study guide will be completed & submitted as a grade the day of the exam.
360 Cities (ALL)
360 Cities allows students to view panoramic images of a wide variety of locations worldwide.
BibMe helps students create citations for their projects & research papers in APA format.
CNN Student News (ALL)
This is a ten-minute, daily news program for middle school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN.View More
About the Teacher
Welcome! My name is Ms. Byrne and I teach junior high Social Studies. Prior to becoming a teacher, I attended Carthage College where I earned my degree in Secondary Education and History while playing collegiate soccer. In addition to teaching, I also coach the 7th grade soccer team. I am thrilled to be a part of such a welcoming, supportive community and look forward to my second year at St. Giles School.