Cracking India Project


Each student will complete a project on the partition of India in 1947. Your project should be based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel, Cracking India, and the final product may take the form of a 15-20 minute podcast, (auto)biographical historical fiction, an online museum exhibit, or a lesson plan. You can review the project rubric here.  Group projects will be permitted ONLY with pre-approval by the instructor. In the case of group projects, each student will receive his or her own grade and is responsible for making his or her contributions to the project clear to the instructor.

Project Schedule:

1) Declare your topic and product for the project using this form by July 1.

2) Turn in an outline of your project on Blackboard in Module 7 by July 8, 2016. This should be a full outline with references for all information and a tentative Chicago Style bibliography of sources. 

3) Share your project with the class via our Tackk discussion board during Module 10 (Due date for Summer 2016: July 31).

4) Give positive feedback to at least one of your classmates on his or her project.

Grading: You will be graded your ability to analyze Cracking India and understand its historical context, as well as your use of Chicago Style Citations. Refer to this rubric for detailed grading information.


Final Essay

**DUE: Friday, August 12 at 8 AM on Blackboard**

Directions: In this 5-7 page essay, answer ONE of the four thematic questions from our course syllabus. You are required to use at least TWO secondary sources and at least TWO primary sources to support your argument. Any secondary internet sources from outside of class (except peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles) must be approved by the professor BEFORE the due date. Be sure to support your analysis with detailed examples from world history.
Theme I: What factors affected the wealth and power of different global regions?

Theme II: How do the relationships between states and people differ in various historical contexts, and why?

Theme III: How do the forces of war, consumerism, and empire shape the modern world?

Theme IV: What role (s) do nations play in a global world?

Expectations: Essays should be 5-7 pages, use 12pt Times New Roman font, and be double-spaced with 1” margins. Bibliography and page numbers are required. All sources must be cited using the Chicago Manual of Style (footnote/bibliography).

Grading: Essays will be graded on your ability to follow the directions above as well as formatting and organization. This includes using the proper formatting for Chicago Style Footnotes as we have practiced in class. Be sure that you construct a clear, concise argument that demonstrates the importance of your chosen theme for world history. Use campus resources like the Writing Center/ History Resource Center or see your instructor(s) for help. Late papers will be penalized ½ letter grade per day late.




Welcome to HIS 104: Modern World History, 1500 to present. This course runs from May 23, 2016 to August 12, 2016 and all content will be hosted at this site. Selected assignments will be turned in via Blackboard.

Please review the course information and syllabus. Contact me if you have any questions regarding the course.

Also take a moment to review the general education information in the course syllabus. I am excited to work with all of you this summer!