Kelly/US History

Progressive Exhibit Project
You are being contacted by the Exeter Historical Society. The curator of the museum
wants to add an exhibit on the Progressive Era to the collection. The has selected you to create
the new exhibit, but he has given you some guidelines to follow.
The Progressive Era was a period of immense change in America society. People began
to think that the government should tackle some of the social and economic issues facing the
country. Many reforms sought to produce a more efficient, democratic, and accountable
government. The curator of the museum would like to highlight three of the most effective
reforms made during the Progressive Era to display in the museum.
Using your notes, the textbook, the internet, and any other sources we have seen in class,
select what you think are the three most important reforms made during the Progressive Era.
Highlight these three reforms in your exhibit.
With each reform, you must provide the following in writing, displayed on your exhibit:




What societal problems led to this reform? What issue was the reform
trying to solve?
What group of people advocated for this reform? (Men, Women,
African-Americans, more than one?)
When did this reform take effect?
Was it successful at the time? How did people react to this reform?
Can we see any aspect of this reform in our current society?

In addition to answering the question above, each reform must have at least ONE photo and
ONE physical artifact. The artifact can be any object that you feel acts as a representation of
either your reform or the issue it sought to solve. In total, you must have three photos and three
artifacts.
Remember, creativity, color, and design are important aspects of any exhibit. You want your
exhibit to be visually appealing while still being informative. Good luck, have fun, see Mr. Kelly
with any questions or concerns you have.

GRADING RUBRIC

Kelly/US History

Category

4

3

Written portion is 
Content/Accura Written portion is 
very well written, all well written, most 
cy
questions are 
questions are 

2

1
Written portion 
explains the exhibit, 
but does not address 
all of the questions. 
Claims are not 
supported with 
evidence

answered fully, all 
claims are supported
with evidence

answered fully, and 
claims are supported
with evidence

Written portion 
addresses some or 
all of the questions 
but claims are not 
supported with 
adequate evidence

The exhibit is 
exceptionally 
attractive in terms of
design, layout, and 
neatness. It includes 
a written portion, 
photo, and "artifact"

The exhibit is 
attractive in terms of
design, layout and 
neatness. It includes 
a written portion, 
photo, and "artifact"

The exhibit is 
acceptably attractive
though it may be a 
bit messy. It is 
missing one of the 
three elements

The exhibit is 
distractingly messy 
or poorly designed. 
It is not attractive. It 
is missing two or 
more elements

Mechanics/Cita Capitalization, 
punctuation, and 
tions
spelling are correct 
throughout the 
poster. Sources are 
cited in­text using 
MLA format

There are few errors
in capitalization, 
punctuation, or 
spelling. Most 
sources are properly
cited in­text using 
MLA.

There are two or 
more errors in 
capitalization, 
punctuation, or 
spelling. Some 
citations are 
included.

There are many 
errors capitalization,
punctuation, or 
spelling. Inaccurate 
or missing citations.

All photos and 
artifacts are related 
to the topic and 
make it easier to 
understand. All 
borrowed graphics 
have a source 
citation.

All photos and 
artifacts are related 
to the topic and 
most make it easier 
to understand. All 
borrowed graphics 
have a source 
citation.

All photos and 
artifacts relate to the
topic. Most 
borrowed graphics 
have a source 
citation.

Photos and artifacts 
do not relate to the 
topic OR several 
borrowed graphics 
do not have a source
citation.

Attractiveness

Photo/Artifacts

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