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					COURSE TITLE: Ball State Library Archives and Special Collections Digital
History
GRADE LEVEL: 4th Grade
UNIT: Middletown Studies


ABSTRACT
This task is designed to assess students’ knowledge on the Middletown studies. Students
will explore the reasons as to why researchers could have chosen to conduct the study in
Muncie, Indiana. After reviewing a Muncie souvenir booklet from 1910, reasons will
become evident. Students will create a souvenir booklet of their own that will define the
“new” attractions of our city. Students’ books will focus on attractions that are
considered important in the current year, 2011. After creating the souvenir books,
students will share with the class about what and why certain attractions were mentioned
in the booklet. A class discussion will be led pertaining to how some of the attractions
could alter a new Middletown study, if it were to be conducted.

PROMPT

    Discuss Middletown by reviewing the book, Middletown: A Study in American
     Culture and the online source,
     http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/muncie/f1.html.
    On the computer, show students the souvenir booklet obtained from Ball State
     Digital Archives database. Souvenir Booklet:

              http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/MunHistBklt&
              CISOPTR=488&REC=4

    Provide students with the prompt of creating their own souvenir books.

    Give students paper booklets with which they will assemble and create their
     souvenir booklet.

    Provide this website: http://www.cityofmuncie.com/ to help students when
     thinking of interest points to mention within their souvenir booklets. Allow
     students to find information online and on their own.
DIRECTIONS
“We have been learning about the Middletown studies. Now we are going to assess the
aspects of Muncie, Indiana that may have attracted researchers to this town. After
analyzing a 1910 souvenir booklet that provides details about Muncie during the time of
the Middletown study, we will create our own souvenir booklets of 2011 that could
potentially attract researchers or other people to this city.”
       1. As a class, review the Middletown studies that were conducted by the Robert
          and Helen Lynd. Revisit the book, Middletown: A Study in American Culture
            and the online source,
            http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/muncie/f1.html.
       2.   Students will look at the souvenir booklet provided by the Ball State Archives
            and Special Collections website. The website is:
            http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/MunHistBklt&CIS
            OPTR=488&REC=4
       3.   After viewing the souvenir booklet, students will discuss as a class the
            possible appeal Muncie had to researchers like the Lynds.
       4.   Students will work individually to create a new version of the souvenir
            booklet that reflects Muncie in the year 2011.
       5.   The booklet must provide details about certain attractions in Muncie that
            could be exciting and interesting to researchers and visitors. The website:
            http://www.cityofmuncie.com/ will be provided for students to use as a
            tool in making the souvenir booklets.
       6.   After the completion of the booklets, students will present their own
            booklet to the class. Each student will also explain which attraction listed
            in their booklet would be found the most interesting to researchers and
            why.
       7.   Students will be reminded that the audience is made up of a diverse
            culture of people, and so, the attraction that is most worthy of mentioning
            should be appealing to a broad expanse of different people.
       8.   Presenters will answer questions about chosen attraction from the
            audience of students.
       9.   After students complete their presentations, lead a class discussion about our
            findings within the present-day community. Lead students with the following
            questions: Is this community attractive to people traveling? Do you think that
            people would choose to leave their current homes to move to Muncie because
            it is an attractive place? If our community is not attractive, what kind of
            consequences may we see occur throughout the upcoming years? Is there
            something that we can do in order to attract more people to the community?

“Work independently in class and use the material provided. After presenting and
persuading the class about one important attraction, turn in the completed work by the
end of class today.”

PROCEDURE
Review information with students pertaining to the Middletown study. Display and read,
as a class, the 1910 Muncie souvenir booklet found online at the Ball State Digital
Archive Center. Discuss attractions mentioned in the booklet that may have led the
Lynds to conduct their study in Muncie, Indiana. Explain the task. Read the directions to
the students and show them how the scoring rubric will work. Answer any questions
students have pertaining to the task. Explain to students that the souvenir booklets will
be placed on display at the Muncie Visitor’s Bureau.
         SCORING RUBRIC

    BENCHMARK                                                   SCORE

                                    1                   2                    3                      4
(4.4.1) Give examples of    Students create a   Students create a    Students create     Students create a
the kinds of goods and      current Muncie,     current Muncie,      a current           current Muncie,
services produced in        Indiana souvenir    Indiana souvenir     Muncie, Indiana     Indiana souvenir
Indiana in different        booklet that        booklet that         souvenir booklet    booklet that includes
historical periods. (Core   includes writing    includes writing     that includes       writing and pictures
Standard)                   about at least 3    and pictures of at   writing and         of at least 5 major
                            major attractions   least 3 major        pictures of at      attractions for visitors
                            for visitors and    attractions for      least 4 major       and researchers.
                            researchers.        visitors and         attractions for
                                                researchers.         visitors and        Students present their
                                                                     researchers.        booklets to the class
                                                Students present                         where they identify
                                                their booklets to    Students present    one particularly
                                                the class.           their booklets to   interesting attraction.
                                                                     the class where
                                                                     they identify       Students explain and
                                                                     one particularly    defend with reasoning
                                                                     interesting         the importance and
                                                                     attraction.         interest in the chosen
                                                                                         attraction mentioned
                                                                                         in the created
                                                                                         souvenir booklet.
COURSE TITLE: Ball State Library Archives and Special Collections Digital
History
GRADE LEVEL: 4th Grade
UNIT: Middletown Studies


ABSTRACT
This task is designed to assess students’ knowledge on the Middletown studies. After
reviewing concepts of the initial Middletown study conducted by the Lynds, students will
explore in their own communities. While conducting their own research within their
community, students will gather information that will represent similar concepts shown
by the Lynds’ research.

PROMPT

    Discuss Middletown by reviewing the book, Middletown: A Study in American
     Culture.

    Review from the book that the study of people in the city was broken down
     into 6 main-trunk activities: getting a living, making a home, training the
     young, using leisure in various forms of play and art, engaging in religious
     practices, and engaging in community activities.

    Guide students in thinking about current available jobs, who is usually
     working these jobs, what type of houses people live in, type of relationship
     between parents of children, how are children raised, does the family eat
     together, is appearance and clothing important, describe different aspects
     about schooling, leisure time activities, dominant religious beliefs, local
     government, and keeping healthy.
    On the computer, show students the many different modes and ways that
     information can be collected. Visit the Ball State Digital Media Repository online
     at:
     http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm4/BrowseResults.php?sortby=SUBJECT#Middletown%20
     Studies

    Provide students with the prompt of conducting their own study about the
     local community.

    Give students necessary materials needed to gather information: tape
     recorder, tapes, paper, and video camera.


DIRECTIONS
“We have been learning about the Middletown studies. Now we are going to conduct our
own research that will look into information about our community. Most of the
information we will gather will be based upon the study that was conducted almost a
century ago by Robert and Helen Lynd. We will examine how the information found by
the Lynds could have affected life during the early 20th century in Indiana. Furthermore,
we will analyze the information gathered by our classroom about our community. We
will see if any of our findings majorly affect our lives today.

   1. As a class, verbally describe the Middletown study (where/why it was
      studied in Muncie, Indiana, what components made up the study, and how
      the Muncie environment may have affected participants lives).
   2. Visit the online Ball State Digital Media Repository to view different modes of
      information that contribute to the Middletown study.
   3. Perform your own study on the local community in present day (focus on aspects
      that were identified in the Lynd’s original study of Muncie).
   4. Provide tangible data from your own study (pictures of people, pictures of
      artifacts important to community, interviews, DVD of local happenings, or oral
      recordings.)
   5. Be sure to focus your data on an aspect of the community that you find very
      important and influential to the daily lives of people who live within our
      community.
   6. Present your findings to the class, and explain why the data you gathered was
      very important. Include a printed description about the data that was collected.
      (Where the data was found and what kind of data it is).
   7. As a class, combine all community research into a classroom book.

 “Work independently in and out of class and use the materials provided. After
presenting and persuading the class about one important attraction, turn in the completed
work by the end of class tomorrow.”

PROCEDURE
        As a class, review the Middletown studies that were conducted by the Robert and
Helen Lynd. Revisit the book, Middletown: A Study in American Culture. Ask students
to identify the major components and findings of the Lynd’s study. The components
include: getting a living, making a home, training the young, using leisure in various
forms of play and art, engaging in religious practices, and engaging in community
activities. Ask students how these findings may have affected the lives of those living in
Middletown during the study. Discuss with students if the surroundings of the city may
have played a part in the findings of the study.
        Explain to students that the class will be conducting it’s own research about the
local community. After visiting the online Ball State Digital Media Repository online,
and discovering different forms of research that are listed on the website, tell students
that we will be collecting information from the community in a variety of forms (pictures,
recordings, interview, drawings, and video recordings), and will eventually combine all
of our research into a book. Be sure to explain to students that while looking for research
in the community, some negative information about the town or experiences in the
community may surface. Explain that both positive and negative findings in the
community will help further our understanding about the local community. Give an
example of an interview that may be conducted. Perhaps the interviewee dislikes the
location of a local park or dislikes the new restaurant in town, explain to students that the
interview documentation must include all comments made during the interview,
including negative comments.
        Students will be asked to include descriptions within the classroom book
describing the interesting information they individually contributed to the book. The
classroom book will be placed in a display with the book, Middletown: A Study in
Modern American Culture at the local library. To accompany the two books, as a class,
we will create a summarized description of the completed project, which will inform
onlookers about the library display.
             SCORING RUBRIC

    BENCHMARK                                                         SCORE

                                    1                     2                     3                         4
(4.1.12) Growth and         Student visits Ball Student visits        Student visits Ball     Student gives input about
Development: 1900 to        state Digital Media Ball state Digital    state Digital Media     the Middletown study.
1950. Describe the          Repository to view  Media                 Repository to view
transformation of Indiana   different modes of  Repository to         different modes of      Student visits Ball state
through immigration and     information.        view different        information.            Digital Media Repository
through developments in     Student lists one   modes of              Student lists three     to view different modes
agriculture, industry and   mode of research    information.          modes of research       of information. Student
transportation. (Core       gathering that was  Student lists two     gathering that was      lists at least four modes
Standard)                   evident on the      modes of              evident on the          of research gathering that
                            website.            research              website.                was evident on the
                                                gathering that                                website.
                            Student presents    was evident on        Student presents
                            tangible data found the website.          tangible data found     Student presents tangible
                            while researching                         while researching       data found while
                            within the          Student presents      within the              researching within the
                            community. The      tangible data         community. The          community. The data
                            data can consist of found while           data can consist of     can consist of at least one
                            at least one of the researching           at least one of the     of the following: pictures
                            following: pictures within the            following: pictures     of people, pictures of
                            of people, pictures community. The        of people, pictures     artifacts important to
                            of artifacts        data can consist      of artifacts            community, interviews,
                            important to        of at least one of    important to            DVD of local
                            community,          the following:        community,              happenings, or oral
                            interviews, DVD     pictures of           interviews, DVD of      recordings. A description
                            of local            people, pictures      local happenings,       of the data is included.
                            happenings, or oral of artifacts          or oral recordings.
                            recordings.         important to          A description of the    Student explains and
                                                community,            data is included.       defends with reasoning
                                                interviews, DVD                               the importance and
                                                of local              Student explains        interest in the chosen
                                                happenings, or        and defends with        information that was
                                                oral recordings.      reasoning the           studied.
                                                                      importance and
                                                  Student presents    interest in the         Student presents their
                                                  their findings to   chosen information      findings to the class.
                                                  the class.          that was studied.

                                                                      Student presents
                                                                      their findings to the
                                                                      class.

				
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