1. Built on Hope

    Investigation

    Goal

    1. To map the “hope” cities of the world on the GlobalLab map.
    2. To study these towns and their history, as well as the history of their regions.
    3. To study and compare the origins of communities with “hope” in their names.

    Research question

    1. “Cities of hope” are found in the New World only.
    2. The tradition of naming towns and cities with “hope” can be observed in distinct periods of time in a region’s history.

    Equipment

    A photo camera or a digital device with a camera.

    Why use data from multiple participants?

    Only with data from users distributed around the world can we create a map of the “cities of hope” that shows their locations and the origins of their names.

    Investigation Protocol

    Both individuals and classes can participate in this project. We offer two protocols: one for individual participants and one for groups of participants.

    Investigation protocol for an individual participant

    1. Select a town or city that has “hope” in its name. It could be where you live, a nearby town or city, or one you choose for other reasons.
    2. Learn about your town of hope and its history. Focus on the following questions:
      a)When was the town was founded?
      b)Who founded the town?
      c)When and why did the town get its name?

      Collect as much information about the history of your town and its name as possible. Visit local libraries, city or town hall, or historical societies. Ask their librarians or employees for help. The more questions you ask, the more likely you’ll find useful information.
      Also check online sources, including your town’s website and Google searches. Pay attention to the reliability for your source.

      Optional: Look for and collect visual materials for the art project (described below). These could be old and new photos of your town, scans of archives and almanacs, etc.

      NOTE: Do not forget to record the source(s) of your information. Record the index items for every publication used. These include the year, month, author, and the publisher. For information on the Internet, record the URL of websites. Also record the date the website was last updated. Usually, this information is at the bottom of the webpage.
    3. Review and reflect on your information.
      Use information from the most reliable sources. Make your conclusions and write down answers to these questions:

      - When the town was founded?
      - Who founded the town?
      - When and why did the town get its name?

    4. Write an essay that reflects your findings about the history of your town and the reasons that led to its naming with the word “hope.”
    5. Photograph a sign with your town or city’s name on it.
    6. (optional) Prepare an art project.
      Select the best visual materials you gathered and use them to make a collage or—even better—a display in your school hallway (only after getting permission).
      You probably have discovered interesting information about your town of hope that other people do not know. Share your findings with your friends and teachers and surprise them.

      Very important—your artwork should reflect your investigation into the history of your town’s name.

      NOTE. Record where you found your visual materials. If you found them in books, specify each book’s author, title, publisher, the year the book was published, and the page number. For periodicals, record each publication’s name, the date of the issue (year, month, day), the page number, and the photographer’s first and last name. For pictures on the Internet, record the URL and the date of the most recent update, if any. This information should appear in the photograph’s caption.
    7. If you make a collage or installed a display, take a photograph of it. Make sure it is in the appropriate format and size for the Report From (up to 10 MB, in png, jpg or gif formats).
    8. Answer the Report Form questions and enter your findings.
    9. Use the Internet to find other cities and towns with “hope” in their names. Look for these towns’ middle and high schools websites and write a letter to the students of these schools, inviting them to join this project.
    10. Explore the data.
      What can the data from all the project’s participants tell you? Are “cities of hope” a phenomenon of the New World? How many different reasons are there for why a town or city has “hope” in its name? In the U.S., is there a connection between when a town or city was founded and how far west it is?

    Investigation protocol for Groups

    1. Select a town or city that has “hope” in its name. It could be where you live, a nearby town or city, or one you choose for other reasons.
    2. Divide your team or class into four groups—each with its own responsibilities: Field team, Visual & Arts team, Writing team, Tech team.
    3. Field team:
      Learn about your town of hope and its history. Focus on the following questions:

      a)When was the town was founded?
      b)Who founded the town?
      c)When and why did the town get its name?

      Collect as much information about the history of your town and its name as possible. Visit local libraries, city or town hall, or historical societies. Ask their librarians or employees for help. The more questions you ask, the more likely you’ll find useful information.

      Also check online sources, including your town’s website and Google searches. Pay attention to the reliability for your source.

      Look for and collect visual materials for the art project (described below). These could be old and new photos of your town, scans of archives and almanacs, etc.

      NOTE: Do not forget to record the source(s) of your information. Record the index items for every publication used. These include the year, month, author, and the publisher. For information on the Internet, record the URL of websites. Also record the date the website was last updated. Usually, this information is at the bottom of the webpage.

    4. Have everyone in the group or class get together to review and brainstorm around the information gathered by the Field team.
      Use information from the most reliable sources. Make your conclusions and write down answers to these questions:

      - When the town was founded?
      - Who founded the town?
      - When and why did the town get its name?

    5. Writing team:
      • While the Field team is looking for information, prepare a letter inviting students at other schools to join our “cities of hope” investigation. Give it to the Tech team.
      • Gather the information from the Field team and write an essay that reflects your findings about the history of your town and the reasons that led to its naming with the work “hope.”
    6. Visual & Arts team:
      • Photograph a sign with your town or city’s name on it.
      • Prepare an art project (optional).

      Select the best visual materials the Field team has gathered and use them to make a collage or—even better—a display in your school hallway (only after getting permission).
      Very important—your artwork should reflect your investigation into the history of your town’s name.

      NOTE. Record where you found your visual materials. If you found them in books, specify each book’s author, title, publisher, the year the book was published, and the page number. For periodicals, record each publication’s name, the date of the issue (year, month, day), the page number, and the photographer’s first and last name. For pictures on the Internet, record the URL and the date of the most recent update, if any. This information should appear in the photograph’s caption.

      If you make a collage or installed a display, take a photograph of it. Make sure it is in the appropriate format and size for the Report From (up to 10 MB, in png, jpg or gif formats).

    7. Tech team
      • While the Field team is looking for information, run an Internet search for other cities and towns with “hope” in their names. Look for these towns’ middle and high schools’ websites and send a letter to the students of these schools inviting them to join our investigation (the letter is prepared by the Writing team).
      • Fill in the project’s Report From. Make sure you have all the information ready. This includes the answers for the three questions that the Field team focused on, the town sign photo, the essay the Writing team prepared, and an image of the art project.
    8. All teams explore the data together.
      What can the data from all the project’s participants tell you? Are “cities of hope” a phenomenon of the New World? How many different reasons are there for why a town or city has “hope” in its name? In the U.S., is there a connection between when a town or city was founded and how far west it is?

    Safety tips

    Exercise caution and common sense when travelling outside.

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    • Project was published on:October 10, 2013
    Report Form Before filling in the Report Form, please read the Investigation Protocol