Guidelines: Submit one blog per group

Blog must include:

  • Detailed description of Project Topic
  • Essential Questions: what questions do you hope your project will answer?
  • Map Styles: what types of maps will you include in this project? What mapping tools will you use?
  • Narrative style: What types of historical narrative will your project include? How will this contribute to your larger project
  • Presentation / Public Output : How do you plan to share your maps and narrative? Website? Submission to FoundSF? Blog?

  • Data and Sources: Describe the types of data or primary sources you might use in this project. How will you include the analysis of primary sources?

  • Annotated bibliography: Include an annotated bibliography of at least 5 primary and 5 secondary sources (include links and proper citations).

    Annotations should be 2-4 sentences describing the source, how you will use it, and how it will contribute to your project. References: Use inline references (Author date, page number) (e.g. Johnson 2000, 208). Include a bibliography of sources at the end using the Chicago Manual of Style.

  • Suggested breakdown of labor: How will you divide the components of this project? Why do you think this is a fair distribution of labor?

  • Suggested quantities for contract: What will your project contain? What can I hold you to producing?
  • Due by 11:59PM on Sunday 11/6.
  • Audience

    Write to convince instructor of your project plan.


  • To increase your comfort proposing a project
  • To work through the goals of your project as a collaborative team
  • To gain experience and comfort in blogging and digital communication

  • Grading

    Blog posts will be graded on a 20-point scale with all members receiving the same grade.
    Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Needs improvement
    Writing / Content / Ideas (5 Points) Your post has a “critical edge,” meaning that you pay attention to complexity, contradictions, and nuance. You challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, shed new light on old topics, and/or explore alternative viewpoints. You include specific, detailed examples, and approach the topic from an interesting or exciting viewpoint. Your post notes some complexity, contradictions, and nuance, but could move to the next level by challenging taken-for-granted assumptions, shedding new light on old topics, or exploring alternative viewpoints. You include examples but they may be lacking in appropriate detail. Your post lacks attention to complexity, contradictions, and nuance, and instead focuses on a single perspective and/or generalizations. To improve in this area, seek a more innovative viewpoint. Your post may also be lacking in detailed examples.
    Professionalism (5 points) Your post follows the basic rules for clear writing. Your post is thoroughly proofread, and is well-written in an appropriately professional tone. You include proper citations as needed. Your post meets all requirements (length, number of sources, etc.). Your post generally follows the basic rules for clear writing and is generally well-written, but it has a few proofreading errors and/or is missing citations. The tone is appropriately professional. Your post meets all or most requirements (length, number of sources, etc.). Your post would be stronger if you invested more time in proofreading and revisions. You may also be missing citations or be writing in too informal of a tone. Your post may not have met all of the requirements (length, number of sources, etc.).
    Quality and Thoughtfulness of Proposal (10 Pts) Contains a viable and thoughtful proposal for a project with proper attention to detail and displays consideration for all of the components listed. Contains basic foundations of project but lacks attention to details, is missing project components, or needs more thought in the details of the project design. Missing elements or shows lack of thoughtfulness in project design.