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Creating an Illustrated Quilt of Colonial America

This culminating project challenges you to create an illustrated quilt examining Colonial America that answers this question: What are the important ideas you learned about in Colonial America? To do this, you will work in pairs to create an illustrated quilt with four sections representing the key ideas of this unit: Britain’s perspectives vs. Colonist perspectives, Patriots vs. Loyalists, Tolerance and Oppression, Important people and Events leading to the Revolution. The quilt must incorporate a variety of elements – maps, timelines, symbols, illustrations, quotes – to show what important ideas you have learned about Colonial America. You will also write a one-page artist statement in which you explain the meaning of your illustrated quilt. To create your illustrated quilt, which will be on butcher paper, you will use Materials accumulated during this class and resources that will demonstrate your group’s creativity.
 

Requirements
1. Design your illustrated quilt to show your understanding of key ideas of this unit. Your illustrated quilt must be designed to support your answer to this question: What are the important ideas you learned about in Colonial America? The quilt should be comprised of four sections, each which address one of the aspects covered in this unit:
Great Britain vs. Colonists perspective
Patriot vs. Loyalist perspective
Tolerance vs. Oppression
Important people and events leading to the Revolution
2.  Your illustrated quilt may include any of the following elements:
Symbols Illustrations Quotes
Cutout pictures Words Maps
Poems Timelines Tracings
3.  You must create bold, detailed visuals for each section of the illustrated quilt to represent the important ideas you have learned about Colonial America. For example, you can depict the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party and an oppressive act such as the Stamp Act through the different perspectives of a Loyalist and a Patriot.

Brainstorm ideas for each of the quilt sections by completing the CP Student Handout C: Brainstorming ideas for an Illustrated Quilt. For each section of the quilt, review your ideas with your teacher before designing your rough draft.

On the back of your illustrated quilt, attach a one-page summary statement that describes your quilt and explains how it represents the important ideas you have learned. In addition, include at least three ways the quilt you created does not represent important ideas about Colonial America.

Steps for Completing an Illustrated Quilt

Step 1: Review notes from this class and discuss classroom experiences to decide on your answer to the project question: What are the important ideas you learned about in Colonial America?

Step 2: Decide what best represents important ideas you have learned and whose perspective does it represent.

Step 3: Review any key ideas for each section and brainstorm how to connect them with the details of the illustrated quilt.

Step 4: Draw a rough sketch of your quilt and label each section. Also, include one page summary statement and three differences. Review this rough draft with your teacher so you can receive feedback before creating the final version.

Step 5: Create the final version of the illustrated quilt project – use butcher paper to create your quilt.
 
 

Scoring Rubric for Culminating Project
 
A
all requirements for both the visual and written are completed
project is highly creative and imaginative
project accurately represents and reflects strong student understanding of important ideas about Colonial America
explanation and understanding of important ideas learned and accurate representation of four elements are both well developed in narrative and visual
project contains variety of quilt elements to describe important ideas
project is striking to viewer and has visual appeal
project is neat and relatively free of grammatical errors
B
all requirements for both the visual and written are completed
project is somewhat creative and imaginative
important ideas explanation and accurate representation of four elements are somewhat developed
project contains some variety of quilt elements
project reflects a solid but not a thorough understanding of important ideas about Colonial America
grammatical errors and neatness problems exist but do NOT DOMINATE.
C
most, but not all, requirements for visual and narrative are completed
project lacks sufficient creativity or imagination
important ideas explanation and accurate representation of four elements present but not sufficiently developed
project reflects little overall student understanding of four parts of the quilt
project represents little variety in quilt elements
grammatical errors and neatness problems Dominate and indicate lack of effort
D
few requirements for project are completed
project has no evidence of student’s creativity or originality
important ideas explanation and accurate representation of four elements are non-existent
project looks like it was conceived and born during third hour study hall