• Students in Kari Griffin's two Advanced Placement US History (APUSH) classes formed groups to pitch various Gilded Age inventions to panels of fellow students serving as "sharks."  The pitchmen (and women) hoped to persuade skeptical investors to fund their ideas - the telephone, the light bulb, the sewing machine, the phonograph, the typewriter, motion pictures, Coke, Quaker Oats, and toilet paper (!).  The sharks played the roles of the titans of Gilded Age capitalism like J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie.  

      This activity challenged students' creativity, and demanded research skills and persuasive speech. 

      Included in the gallery are some shots from the two days.