Final Project: World 1


Produce a project that is the equivalent of 500 words (2 pages, double spaced) that demonstrates:

  1. Your understanding of how freshwater was accessed, used, or made meaning with in the period 0-1400 CE.
  2. Your ability to use a digital humanities tool we've learned this semester (distant reading, data literacy, GIS, art analysis, podcasting, or metadata).
  3. Your ability to find and draw evidenced-based conclusions from quality historical sources.
  4. Engages a 2022-2023 audience on why your item is worth considering and how it relates to modern life.

Purpose: demonstrate historical thinking combined with research and digital humanities skills in order to successfully land a paid internship.
Audience: A fresh water nonprofit organization looking to hire a content producer for their website.

Final Product

  1. Bibliography, using the Chicago Manual of Style format.
  2. Project that is either 500 words or the equivalent analysis.
  3. Pre-writing submitted as your Prepare
  4. Reflection on your experience in this class for the entire semester.



Your final product addresses a fresh water person, place, idea, object or idea in the period 0-1400 CE period. It can take any of the following forms:

  1. A two page analysis.
  2. A less than three-minute podcast
  3. A less than three-minute video
  4. A slide deck (power point)
  5. A story map.

If you wish to use another communication form, please check with me.

Individual or group (3 or fewer students)

Students may work on their own or in groups of up to three. Groups will produce work that is the aggregate of the requirements of individuals. For example, a group of three writing a paper will need to write 1500 words, or six pages equivalent of work.

Groups need to create a shared Assignment file with track changes Office or Google . You will use this shared space for your work, but you will _post your final work to your individual Assignment files.__

All group members are expected to share in the work equally even if they chose to do different types of work.


Your final project will have three parts, roughly the Prepare, Project, and Revision. The Revision is the Final Product.

You chose what you want to be your Prepare and Project elements. Prepare is due Thursday December 1, Project is Due December 6 and the Revision (Final Product) is Due December 8.

You get to decide what you submit at the first two stages of the project, but you must submit some type of complete pre-writing document for each of the first two stages.

Suggested Creation Process

Prepare- A list of sources centered on a fresh water topic
Project- A draft of your project that allows me to give you feedback.
Revision: Final product for the fresh water nonprofit

Checklist of Requirements and Grading Criteria

[ ] Project contains 5 quality source with at least one primary sources.
[ ] All sources pass a SIFT evaluation and included a named expert, and credible citations
[ ] Final project engages a 2022-2023 audience on why your item is worth considering and how it relates to modern life.
[ ] Project moves beyond summary of facts to draw evidenced-based conclusions from quality historical sources for the importance of your object (historically or to contemporary discussions of water)
[ ] Is written with standard professional English (no errors in spelling, capitalization, or punctuation).
[ ] Explicitly uses a digital humanities tool learned this semester.

A note on submission dates

To give you time to work, I've shifted the usual submissions dates back one. So Prepare is now on Thursday, December 1, Project is on Tuesday, December 6, and Revisions (Final Product) is due on Thursday, December 8.


I strongly encourage use of Discord in the general chat area for this project. While your projects will be unique to you, the challenges you face and overcome will be useful to all to observe. As usual, I'll answer all inquiries in whatever form they come (email, phone, DM, general chat, carrier pigeon, SMS, etc.)