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CHAPTER 3

Spartan Society to the Battle of Leuctra 371 BC



Assessment task (Total marks: 60)

Weighting: 15% (Research 10%; Oral 5%)

Outcomes


H 1.1 describe and assess the significance of key people, groups, events, institutions, societies and sites within their historical context

H 2.1 explain historical factors and assess their significance in contributing to change and continuity in the ancient world

H 3.1 locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources

H 3.2 discuss relevant problems of sources for reconstructing the past

H 3.3 analyse and evaluate sources for their usefulness and reliability

H 3.4 explain and evaluate differing perspectives and interpretations of the past

H 3.6 plan and present the findings of historical investigations analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources

H 4.1 use historical terms and concepts appropriately

H 4.2 communicate a knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues using appropriate oral and written forms.

Criteria


See each part of the task.

General instructions



1 Hand your summary in on the day the assessment task is due. This is to ensure that all students are ready to present on the due date.

2 If you want your summary or support material photocopied or made into overheads, hand them in at least the day before the task is due to allow time for this to be done.

3 Hand in your discussion stimulation questions with your summary.

4 An order of presentation will be determined prior to the due date of the task.

5 Make sure that the work you present is your own. Plagiarism will be severely penalised.

6 Detailed evidence of the planning and execution of the research process is an essential part of this task.

7 Your topic will be assigned in class.

PART A – RESEARCH (20 marks)

Outcomes

H 1.1 describe and assess the significance of key people, groups, events, institutions, societies and sites within their historical context

H 2.1 explain historical factors and assess their significance in contributing to change and continuity in the ancient world

H 3.1 locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources

H 3.2 discuss relevant problems of sources for reconstructing the past

H 3.3 analyse and evaluate sources for their usefulness and reliability

H 3.4 explain and evaluate differing perspectives and interpretations of the past

H 3.6 plan and present the findings of historical investigations analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources

H 4.1 use historical terms and concepts appropriately

H 4.2 communicate a knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues using appropriate oral and written forms.

Task description

• Research your assigned topic and prepare a response, which you will deliver to your class as a seminar. N.B. a seminar presentation includes delivery of the response and leading of the class in discussion of important points raised.

• Submit a summary of your seminar to be copied for the class. This MUST use a graphic organiser e.g. a mind map, table, Venn diagram, fishbone etc. and should occupy the space of ONE A4 sheet of paper.

• Prepare at least five questions that you will integrate within your presentation to stimulate discussion.

Criteria

• Ability to describe and assess the significance of key people, groups, events and institutions within Spartan society.

• Ability to explain historical factors and assess their significance in contributing to change and continuity in Spartan society.

• Preparation of a clear, concise but meaningful summary.

• Preparation of appropriate stimulation questions.

Topics


1 Explain the development of the system of dual kingship developed in ancient Sparta and assess its effectiveness.

2 Explain the roles and responsibilities of the Spartan kings.

3 Explain the role and significance of the gerousia in Spartan government.

4 Explain the role and significance of the ekklesia in Spartan government.

5 Explain the role and significance of the ephorate in Spartan government.

6 In what ways was the Spartan system of government a combination of both oligarchy and democracy?

7 Assess the importance of Lycurgus in the development of Spartan government and way of life.

8 Explain the role and status of women in Spartan society.

9 Explain what the political and military obligations of Spartan citizenship reveal about the values of Spartan society.

10 Explain the importance of the agoge in maintaining the Spartan value system and way of life.

11 Explain the organisation and role of the Spartan army.

12 Explain the importance of land ownership to the Spartan economy and way of life.

13 Explain the importance of technology and trade in the Spartan economy and way of life.

14 Explain the function and importance of the periokoi in Spartan society.

15 Explain the origins of the helot class and its role in Spartan society.

16 Evaluate TWO conflicting modern sources on the Spartan treatment of the helots.

17 Explain the importance of the main Spartan gods and goddesses in Spartan religion. What does the evidence reveal about their shrines and worship?

18 Explain the importance of myths and legends in Spartan religion and way of life.

19 Explain what Spartan religious festivals reveal about Spartan religious beliefs and values.

20 Explain the nature and significance of Spartan funerary customs and rituals.

21 What do the ancient sources reveal about Spartan art?

22 What do the poems of Alcman and Tyrtaeus reveal about continuity and change in Spartan society?

23 Explain the nature of marriage customs and their importance in Spartan society.

24 Explain what the evidence reveals about the following features of everyday life in ancient Sparta: food, clothing & leisure activities.

PART B – RESEARCH LOG AND BIBLIOGRAPHY (20 marks)

Outcomes

H 3.1 locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources

H 3.3 analyse and evaluate sources for their usefulness and reliability

H 3.6 plan and present the findings of historical investigations analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources

Task description

• Keep a Research Log with full details of your work each time you work on your assessment task.

• Submit your completed Research Log as part of the task.

• Provide a full correctly set out bibliography.

• List all the resources used.

• Give a description of how and where THREE resources were used and an assessment of their reliability and usefulness.

Criteria

• The range depth and complexity of historical sources consulted.

• Evidence of ability to analyse and synthesise information from a variety of perspectives and sources.

• Evidence of effective planning and review strategies used to manage the competing demands of the complex task.

• Evidence of effective use of time and resources to complete the historical investigation.

PART C – ORAL (20 marks)

Outcomes

H 4.2 communicate a knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues using appropriate oral and written forms

Task description

• Present a seminar paper in response to your allocated topic in which you speak for no longer than 8–10 minutes.

• Support your seminar with any visual material you think necessary e.g. maps, diagrams and pictures.

• Your presentation MUST include some integrated class discussion of your topic which you lead. You should prepare at least five questions that you will use to stimulate discussion. Hand these in with your summary.

Criteria

• A well structured and organised presentation that addresses the question and competently answers it.

• Selection of material that is relevant and appropriate to the topic.

• Integrated discussion led by the presenter.

• Engagement and communication with the audience. The presentation should be clear and the audience’s attention should be held for the duration. The presentation should be given without heavy reliance on notes.

• The quality of voice and its projection: appropriate tone, volume, pace, intonation.

• There should be confident use of clear, well-structured diagrams and clear and appropriate illustrations.

End of task

ASSESSMENT TASK

Spartan Society to the Battle of Leuctra 371 BC

Marking criteria

Part A – Research



CRITERIA

MARKS

 A clear, meaningful, well-structured diagram

 Use of material that is relevant to key people, events, institutions and forces and assesses their significance

Competent assessment, evaluation, analysis or explanation of topic with reference to significance of factors affecting change and continuity


18–20

 A clear, meaningful diagram

 Use of mostly relevant material that identifies key people, events, institutions and forces

 Satisfactory assessment, evaluation, analysis or explanation of topic with identification of factors affecting change and continuity


14–17

 Clear diagram

 Use of some relevant material that refers to key people, events, institutions and forces

 Attempted assessment, evaluation, analysis or explanation of topic with some reference to change and continuity


10–13

 An attempt at a diagrammatic presentation of material, or no attempt at a diagram

 Mostly irrelevant material; material might be largely copied

 Little or no attempt at assessment, evaluation, analysis or explanation of topic


0–9

Part B – Research Process Log and Bibliography



CRITERIA

MARKS

 Use of at least 6–10 or more resources of a wide range of depth and complexity

 Demonstration of extensive analysis and synthesis of varied information

 Detailed analysis of the reliability and usefulness of three resources used

 Evidence of detailed planning and review strategies to complete the task effectively

 Clear evidence of effective use of time and resources


18–20

 Use of at least 5–6 resources of some range of depth and complexity

 Demonstration of analysis and synthesis of varied information

 Analysis of the reliability and usefulness of three resources used

 Evidence of satisfactory planning and review strategies to complete the task effectively

 Evidence of effective use of time and resources


14–17

 Use of fewer than 5 resources of limited range, depth and complexity

 Demonstration of an attempt at analysis and synthesis of information

 Evidence of some planning and review strategies to complete the task effectively

 Evidence of some effective use of time and resources



10–13

 Use of one or two resources

 Little or no analysis and synthesis of information

 Little evidence of planning and review strategies to complete the task effectively

 Little evidence of effective use of time and resources



0–9

Part C: Oral

CRITERIA

MARKS

A coherent, well-organised and structured presentation that addresses the question and answers it effectively

Use of well-selected, relevant and appropriate material

 Well-managed, integrated and competently led discussion of the topic, using submitted questions effectively

Very fluent speaker, with clear enunciation and well-modulated and projected voice

 Excellent audience engagement and unobtrusive use of notes

 Confident use of clear, well-structured diagrams and clear, appropriate illustrations



18–20

 A well-organised and structured presentation that addresses the question and answers it satisfactorily

 Use of well-selected, relevant material

 Integrated discussion of the topic, using submitted questions

 Clear speaker with modulated and projected voice

 Audience engagement and minimal use of notes

 Use of structured diagrams and appropriate illustrations



14–17

 A structured presentation that addresses the question but with descriptive/narrative sections

 Use of mostly relevant material

 Some discussion of the topic, less well managed

 Enunciation, modulation and projection of voice not good enough for audience to readily follow the presentation

 Some audience engagement with more obvious reliance on notes

 Use of a diagram and some illustrations



10–13

 An unstructured presentation that mostly describes the question

 Selection of largely irrelevant or inappropriate material

 Minimal or no discussion of the topic

 Use of voice makes it difficult to hear or to follow the talk



 No use of illustrations

0–9



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