Part 1: Ancient Egypt/Africa Then and Now



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Level One Humanities Unit II Newspaper Project

Interdisciplinary: Language & Literature

Fall 2013

Part 1: Ancient Egypt/Africa Then and Now


Tier 4 Research Assignment

Score

Humanities Criteria A: Knowledge

Language & Literature Criteria B:

Organization

Student Language

0


The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors given below.


The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.

The student did not reach the goal set by the teacher or the assignment.
Plagiarized, did not turn in assignment, not enough information, no details, only half or less complete, not using resources, incorrect info, little or no effort, sloppy, boring presentation, procrastinated, copies from Wikipedia or Google

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1-2


The use of terminology is inconsistent or incorrect.

Facts and examples are either absent, or those used are irrelevant or do not show understanding. The student provides descriptions that are inaccurate or that have insufficient detail; explanations are absent or superficial.



The student rarely employs organizational structures and/or language specific conventions, or uses those that do not serve the context and intention.
The work is generally disorganized, unclear and/or incoherent.

The student did not reach the goal set by the teacher or the assignment.
Not enough information (½ half page), way too many pictures, pictures that don’t show facts,  no information but good presentation, no Humanities vocabulary words, causes students/teacher to fall asleep, did not practice presentation, reading is choppy, same information over again, “like” too many times, incorrect spelling and grammar, doesn’t make sense, cheating or copied project, 1 sentence per slide

3-4


The use of terminology is mostly accurate and usually appropriate, though some errors remain. Facts and examples used are mostly relevant, and usually show understanding. The student provides basic descriptions that may need more detail; explanations are usually adequate but sometimes superficial.

The student sometimes employs organizational structures and/or language-specific conventions that serve context and intention.

The work shows beginnings of organization but lacks coherence.



The student made an attempt to reach the goal set by the teacher or the assignment.

Fewer mistakes, did only what was asked on the rubric-missing one thing, 2-3 vocabulary words, misuse of vocabulary words, little effort, 1 page only, 1 picture to show facts, poor punctuation, poor grammar-tough to read, not enough information, misspelled words, shows little detail about the first, next, then, and now parts of the history, not focused on the assignment rubric


5-6


A range of terminology is used accurately and appropriately. A range of relevant facts and examples are used to show understanding. The student provides accurate and detailed descriptions; explanations are developed.

The student usually employs organizational structures and language specific conventions that serve the context and intention.
The work is generally organized, clear and coherent.

The student reached the goal set by the teacher or the assignment.
4-5 vocabulary, some misspelling but not a lot, no extra work or pictures, not original, not enough creativity, does not tell how the plot works and how it relates to the topic, minimum references required but no more, follows first, next, then, last, uses references for all research facts, details about ancient Egypt and current Egypt, speak but no accent,

7-8


The student shows an excellent command of a wide range of terminology, and uses it appropriately. An extensive range of relevant facts and examples are used to show understanding.

Descriptions are accurate and detailed and explanations are fully developed.



The student consistently employs organizational structures and language specific conventions that serve the context and intention.
The work is consistently well organized, clear and coherent and the ideas being expressed build on each other in a sophisticated manner.

The student exceeded the goal set by the teacher or assignment.
Going above and beyond, spelling all words correct, pronunciation correctly, 7-8 vocabulary words, thorough details that explain the information, nothing copy and pasted, all original, organized correctly, includes a table of contents or outline, headings, good explanation, the reader can re-teach the material, all correct information and mixed resources, perfect grammar, 7-8 pictures that show the facts, shows a lot of creativity

Your Newspapers must include the following sections:

1. A front page news article that provides an overview of Ancient Egyptian civilization written in the plot formula (first, next, then, last) that covers the initial settlement of Egypt (c. 3000 BCE) up to the Roman conquest in 31 BCE.

2. An obituary that documents the major life events of an Egyptian pharaoh of your choosing.

3. A current event article on Africa (following the same directions for current events as last time)

4. A book review on The Other Side of Truth (same format as the Summer Book Review Project)
Your Newspaper must include at least two sections of your choosing:

1. A letter to the editor from the point of view of one of the following: A peasant farmer, wealthy elite, pharaoh, or foreign visitor to Ancient Egypt that voice concerns about a problem they might have.

2. A news article that highlights the major aspects of Ancient Egyptian religion.

3. A political cartoon that illustrates a social issue that affected Ancient Egypt.

4. A sports section that explains some of the recreational sports Ancient Egyptians participated in.

5. A business section that describes the economic activities of Ancient Egypt.

6. A technology section that highlights important Ancient Egyptian inventions or discoveries.
A-Day Due Dates in Humanities: A-Day Due Dates in Language A:

Draft of Civilization Article & three MLA citations- 11/4/13 Book Review- 11/08/13

Current Event Article- 11/6/13 Obituary-11/12/13 (in class)

Final Draft of Civilization Article- 11/8/13 Choice Article- 11/14/13

Choice Article- 11/13/13

Final Product- 11/19/13
B-Day Due Dates in Humanities: B-Day Due Dates in Language A:

Draft of Civilization Article & three MLA citations- 11/5/13 Book Review- 11/07/13

Current Event Article- 11/7/13 Obituary- 11/13/13 (in class)

Final Draft of Civilization Article- 11/12/13 Choice Article-11/15/13



Choice Article- 11/14/13

Final Product- 11/18/13

You will be working on different parts of your newspaper in both Humanities and Language A. In both classes, you will have time in the computer labs to conduct research and write your articles as well as class time to write articles. You will receive classwork grades based on participation and appropriate use of class time while in the computer lab.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You must include parenthetical citations and Works Cited page that follows the MLA format. A minimum of seven reputable sources should be used. All final articles must be typed and arranged in the newspaper template that has been provided to you. Your work should reflect original thinking and demonstrate an appropriate understanding of both the factual content of Ancient Egypt and the use of plot.


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