World History I
Theme V: Innovation Madness! (2500 BCE to 1600 CE)
Innovation Madness is modeled after March Madness, pitting technological innovations against one another. Your job is to take your innovation to the final round. To do this, you and your partner need to prepare a solid argument based on evidence that answers the question below:
Why has __________ had the most significant impact on society? How?
Show this impact by relating your innovation to Themes One, Two, and Three. The rounds of the debate will also follow the Themes.
What you will turn in (typed and printed out):
- Thesis statement that answers the question for your assigned innovation.
- Ten pieces of evidence that support your thesis, in bullet point (2 lines or less) format with footnotes
(UNLESS information is common knowledge, footnotes MUST be included for
information used from any outside source whether you directly quote it or paraphrase it.)
- Chicago-Style Bibliography with at least four entries that reflect the source types below:
How your grade will be determined:
5 points - on task in library
10 points - thesis
20 points - evidence
5 points - works cited page with corresponding in-text citations
10 points - presentation of your innovation and constructive participation during the tournament
Innovation Madness Prep:
Library Intro 1/4
Library on 1/5, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10
***Once you complete preparing for your argument, you should spend time investigating and discussing arguments against potential opponents. ***
Due: All written work is due on Thursday, January 11 at the beginning of class
The Madness (debate) begins on Thursday, January 11!