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In a letter to her husband, John Adams, Abigail Adams wrote: "And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors." This assignment will afford you the opportunity to highlight the life of at least one woman, now deceased. You will:
interview someone who knew her or articulate your own recollections about this woman
and compose a brief, 250-word bio to upload to the findagrave website.
upload a photo of the headstone, a portrait photo, or a candid photo of on the gravesite of
the particular woman that you chose. There is a 'virtual cemetery' site on the Web, 'Find a Grave', on which you will upload this information. If there a memorial has already been created for the person you wanted to honor, either select someone else or create a second memorial for the same person. Your name must appear on the memorial site in order to receive full credit for this assignment.
write a 500-word paragraph, describing your experience(s) completing this assignment.
NOTE: More and more people are choosing cremation or non-burial. This website now accommodates that, as well. When you click on the ‘Add Burial Records’ link, you can choose the ‘Family and Friends #2’ link. Here are the assignment specifics: 1. Click on the link ‘Success Stories’ at the Findagrave website. Choose one of the stories to read.
2. Choose a woman you know to be buried in a location accessible to you for photographing
her headstone. This might be someone that you know or someone for whom you are able to get a brief bio by interviewing someone else. Select someone for whom you will be able to upload a photo of either the grave or a personal photo of her.
3. Make arrangements (either by phone, in-person, or email) to interview someone who
knew her. In lieu of interviewing someone, you could write your own bio for someone you knew.
4. During the interview, take copious notes and/or ask permission of your interviewee to
record the session.
5. Photograph the headstone in the cemetery in which your selected woman is buried.
Remember, if the woman whom you are honoring does not have a grave, upload a photograph of her.
It’s difficult to imagine that we won’t live forever. With that said. however. . as once something has been uploaded to the Web. it is my hope that students will not look upon the ‘findagrave’ website as ‘weird’. Find a Grave. making arrangements for funerals. so those obituaries are going to be online. composing an obituary. etc. There are many heartwarming stories of re-connecting with loved ones who are still living. A portion of your grade will rely on me being able to access that page. as well. see it as just another venue for people to honor and remember loved ones. The deaths of most written up in some way and submitted to a newspaper. Write a 500-word paragraph describing this experience and upload your paper to the dropbox. as well. 7. rather. there are students who initially find this assignment a bit awkward. you can continue to delete and add to it. I find those to be valid reasons for encouraging students to experience one way people are online of honoring someone who has passed on. The following site. Death is mysterious. Some students have never lost someone close to them or had many experiences with death. etc. use good judgment in the photos you select.6. From the website. feel free to upload them. One. Follow the instructions for entering information. I believe there might be a couple of reasons for this. burial. Be sure to include the link for the specific ‘Find Grave’ webpage to which you uploaded the information for the woman whom you honored. Only submit your 500-word paragraph describing your brief study of this woman’s life. we tend to avoid dealing with the reality our own mortality. it is there (somewhere) indefinitely. so give me the correct address! 8. and your reflections on paying tribute to someone’s life. Nearly all newspapers have an presence. as a society. Framed in that perspective. is the location at which you are to upload both the 250word bio (mentioned above) and photo of the headstone. Include any thoughts that you had after reading one of the success stories related to this website. Sidenote: Each semester. particularly a woman. As the creator of this memorial. Naturally. If you have other photographs of the woman you are honoring. locating the ‘lost’ grave of a loved one. You should only submit one file to the dropbox. click on the link “Add Burial Records”. in this way. I’d also encourage students to read over the ‘success stories’ of many who have created memorials at this site. the experience of using the findagrave website.