Timeline Assignment

Timeline Assignment
Assignment Instructions
The purpose of this assignment is for you to VISUALIZE
A HISTORY using the web-based tool, Timeglider (or comparable free software).
Complete a web-based Historical Timeline concentrating
on a ten-year period during the period 1945 1985. You are urged to use
Timeglider.com, which has a free student registration option. You must also
include a short 1000 word (approx. 4 pages, double-spaced) explanation of your
history along with your timeline.
Each timeline must include at least 10 events. Each
event should include a reference to the bibliographic source in the annotation
or URL link.
SOURCES. No, four different Wikipedia pages will not cut it. Check out
magazines from the period like Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Film
Culture, Screen, Sight & Sound, etc. and actual books
from the library.
How to work
with Timeglider
Go to Timeglider.com and register for the free student
Create Timeline by clicking timelines (upper left)
and New+. Name your timeline.
Add Event by clicking on New Event.
Within the Event Box, you should modify the following:
Icon (colour code)
Start and end dates
Importance (how important is this event in your
history?). This adjusts event size
Description: add a paragraph of annotation for your
Image: you can upload images here
URL: use this to add links to video and/or audio
materials AND for online bibliographic references
Remember to SAVE each event!
Assignment Instructions
1.Choose a
historical phenomenon within a roughly 10-year period, e.g., Cuban cinema
1965-75 or American documentary film 1960-1970, or French New Wave cinema 1959-1969,
or Marxist film theory 1950-1960, or feminist cinema and theory 1975-1985,
etc. Note that, although you will concentrate on a ten-year period, you
may include individual entries outside the main ten-year period upon which you
are concentrating.
2.Choose at least
10 SALIENT events for your history. Events may include films, publications
(e.g., essays or manifestos from class), or events in the world (including the
film world, e.g., festivals, film movements, etc.). You will be evaluated on
how relevant your events are to the FOCUS of your history.
3.Add information
about each event using the Description function. Explain why the event is
important. Add your bibliographic reference here and/or in the URL function
4.Categorize your
events using the Icon function. For example, you may wish to colour code
political events and film premieres differently. Or films and published
essays. Etc. You MUST provide a Legend for your Icon categorizations in your
explanation text.
5.Evaluate the
importance of each event for your history using the importance function.
Important events should be larger than less important events.
6.Add images
and/or URL links to audio and video to deepen the historical information about
each event for your reader. This is also your opportunity to demonstrate that
you are not simply finding all of your history on Wikipedia. For internet
sources, you can add your research source here.
7.When you are
finished with your timeline, go to the Timeline area Share Tab and
share it by copying and pasting the public URL that Timeglider provides to you.
Make sure you copy and past this URL at the top of the first page of your
explanatory text.
8.Submit your
1000 word explanatory text to Moodle for grading by the deadline of 7 October
2013, 11:59pm.
of this assignment is to learn about writing history. History always involves
more information in the world than can be included in the historical account.
Therefore, events must be chosen, described, categorized, evaluated, and
justified. Your final mark will reflect how well
a) you have focused and
explained your historical period;
b) you have visualized your
historical period using Timegliders web-based functions;
c) you have imaginatively and ambitiously
discovered connections among your events.

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