History 8-2, Assignment Two, How America was Changing




Assignment Two
How America was Changing

Deadline, 3/21, 80 points

Click here to go back to the web site for History 8-1.



What were some of the key events that shaped the years after Washington?

Ohio River settlement



George Washington left a legacy unmatched in American history. As he left office in 1796, America was facing continued challenges and growth. History books often overlook the legacy of John Adams, but we are going to explore it.


Students will identify and describe the effects of one of the key events from the latter part of the Washington years or the Adams years.

Essential questions

How did your event develop? Specifically, what events led up to it?

What were the long-term impacts of your event?

Who was involved? When did it occur? What were the key issues involved? Why is it important? Where did it occur?

Special instructions

Consider one of the following topics:

  1. The XYZ Affair, Andrew, Deven, Kandis
  2. American Expansion into the Ohio River Valley, Hyrum, Jaralyn, Briana, Elexa
  3. The Greenville Treaty, Nathan
  4. The Battle of Fallen Timbers, Mason, Ozzy, Josh
  5. The Midnight Justices, Brynlee, Emma
  6. The Alien and Sedition Acts

For this assignment you will create a presentation about one of the events above. Your presentation must address the essential questions as they relate your event. You may work in groups of up to three people.

I strongly suggest you look closely at the textbook and the sources listed in the right column of this page.




Was the time used well? Did the students focus on getting the project done without distracting others?
20 points possible

Were the topic and messages of the the selected materials clear and easily understood?
20 points possible

Did the details (including labels) support the main idea without distracting with clutter?
10 points possible

Did the presentation include at least 5 accurate facts/concepts?
15 points possible

Were the graphic and information used appropriately?
15 points possible

Did the color, shape, size, and arrangement of graphics
contribute meaning to the overall message?
10 points possible

is the design/layout is neat, clear, and visually appealing.
Capitalization and punctuation correct throughout the presentation. Is it composed with no grammatical errors?
15 points possible.

Did the presenters know their material? Were they able to share the content well? Did they avoid staring at the board and reading to us?
10 points possible




Printed files

There is no printed copy of this assignment. Please refer to the instructions on this page.

Media files

To come

Online files

Click here to access Chapter Thirteen of the textbook.

Click here to access Chapter Fourteen of the textbook.

Click here for information about settlement in the Ohio River Valley.

Battle of Fallen Timbers information 1, 2, 3 (You may need to log in for #3) 4

Alien and Sedition Acts
1, 2, 3

XYZ Affair
1, 2, 3

Sound files