Task Instructions Task #1: Map of a British Colony



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Task Instructions
Task #1: Map of a British Colony
In this project the class will be divided up into small groups, with each group responsible for a colony within the British Empire. The point of the project is to piece together how the Empire was designed to make a profit for Britain. Each group will summarize and create a map for one colony, and then the class will collect all of these maps to make one giant visual display that shows how the interaction between colonies and the mother country resulted in massive profits for Great Britain.
Project Learning Outcomes:

These are the things you should be able to explain and perform by the end of the project.



  1. Select and summarize information from primary and secondary print and non-print sources, including electronic sources

  2. Define colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism

  3. Analyse factors that contribute to revolution and conflict

  4. Evaluate the changing nature of law and its relation to social conditions of the times

  5. Assess how economic systems contributed to the development of early Canada

  6. Analyse effects of colonialism on trade and conflict

  7. Identify factors that influenced growth and development of industry

  8. Evaluate the effects of the Industrial Revolution on society and the changing nature of work

  9. Construct, interpret, and use graphs, tables, grids, scales, legends, contours, and various types of maps


Project Focus Questions:

These are the key questions you should be able to answer these by the end of the project:



  1. What is mercantilism?

  2. What is colonialism?

  3. How was the British Empire structured (legally, economically, politically) to increase the wealth of Britain through the management and exploitation of its colonies?

  4. How did each of the individual colonies contribute politically and economically to the Empire as a whole?


List of Countries & Colonies:

  1. Great Britain

  2. Ireland

  3. Canada & Newfoundland

  4. The 13 Colonies (USA)

  5. British Guiana




  1. Bermuda & The West Indies

  2. Gibraltar

  3. Palestine (Israel)

  4. Iraq

  5. Oman & Aiden




  1. Sierra Leone

  2. The Gold Coast

  3. Egypt & Sudan

  4. British Somaliland

  5. East Africa (Tanzania/Kenya)




  1. South Africa & Rhodesia

  2. India

  3. Hong Kong

  4. Australia

  5. New Zealand





Assignment Parameters:

  • Provide a illustration of your colony (a map that will be part of a larger map of the whole Empire) that illustrates the economic contributions of the colony to the British economy at the height of its involvement in the Empire; will show when possible the exports, imports and transportation infrastructure of the colony you’re assigned.

  • The map will also have a timeline of major historical events relating to the colony within the British Empire, from the time of the creation of the colony to independence.

  • Your map will also need to have attached to it several written summaries that explain information that your map won’t be able to visually display.

  • Your map should also include an APA style bibliography of all of your sources. This could be placed in the bottom corner.

  • Lastly although it will not be marked, be prepared as a group to give an explanation of your map and a brief summary of your countries history with the British Empire


Assignment Focus Questions:

These are the specific areas your group needs to address for project.




  1. Geography:

    1. Where is your colony located?

    2. What is its size and geographical make up?

    3. What were the natural resources of your colony (even if there are none this needs to be mentioned)

    4. What (if anything) could be grown, mined or harvested for the British Empire to make a profit.




  1. Pre-Colony Culture:

    1. What was the ethnic make up of the population of your colony?

    2. Did Europeans replace the population or did it remain the same?

    3. What was the economy based on before the arrival of Europeans?

    4. Were the people hunter-gatherers, farmers or industrialists?

    5. What animals, crops or products were harvested or produced so that people could survive?

    6. What was the effect of colonization on the culture of the colony?




  1. Timeline:

    1. When did your colony become part of the British Empire?

    2. How long did it take?

    3. When and how did your colony become independent?




  1. Mercantilism:

    1. Was your country a colony for economic, transportation or strategic reasons? More than one?

    2. In ways did the British Empire use your colony to make a profit?

    3. Were resources harvested, did it contribute through being a trading centre or did it operate as a marketplace, was it a colony because its location had a strategic value?

    4. Remember some colonies acted only as one of these, others acted as all three.

    5. Be sure to highlight the differences between before and during the time of the British Empire and if these changes were voluntary.


Evaluation Parameters:

  • see attached rubrics


What your map will need to include:

THE MAP

  1. All the usual things we include in a map:

    1. a title

    2. a legend

    3. a system of symbols to represent information on the map

    4. a scale & compass

  2. Information on resources & major geographic formations (mountains, rivers etc):

  3. Demographic information, settlements, towns, citites etc

  4. Major transportation routes built or used by the British

  5. A system to show what was being exported and imported to/from Great Britain


THE TIMELINE

  1. A timeline of major events from when your country became part of the British Empire to its independence


THE SUMMARIES

  1. Summaries of information that cannot be represented on your map. For example the Pre-Colony Culture information.


THE BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. A list of all sources used, including maps and photos in APA Style




Mapping A British Colony Rubric

Group Members: __________________________________________________________________________________


Colony: __________________________________________________________________________________



Criteria

5/ Excellent

4/Good

3/Adequate

2/Poor

1/Not Complete

Grade

Content
The historical information contained within the presentation

All the content is accurate, relevant and includes all of, the necessary information; without excessive amounts of detail.


Almost all of the content is accurate, & relevant & includes almost all of the necessary information. Has a good amount of info without too much or too little.


Most of the content is accurate, relevant and includes most of the necessary information. Presentation has some excess info or too little in parts


Very little of the content is accurate, relevant and includes almost none of the necessary information. Presentation is excessive or too brief

Not Competed




Visually Appealing & Attractive
Overall neatness, clarity of the writing, organization of the content

The presentation has excellent visual appeal, shows creativity and planning.
Each slide has an appropriate amount of information on it.


The presentation has very good visual appeal, shows a lot of creativity and planning. Some slides have too much/too little information.


The presentation has reasonably good visual appeal, with limited creativity and an acceptable amount of planning. Many slides have excessive or too little information.

The presentation has poor visual appeal, and shows a serious lack of creativity and real planning. Presentation has far too much or far too little information.


Not Completed




Graphics
The photos, maps, animation, clarity of writing and overall graphics

All pictures are clear and relate to the topic on that slide. Presentation includes a variety of illustrations; maps, photos etc…


Almost all of the pictures are clear and most relate to the topic. There is a good amount of variety.


There are not a lot of pictures, but they are clear and mostly related to the topic. Presentation needed more variety.


There are not a lot of pictures and those that are there are not clear or unrelated to the topic; illustrations lack any variety.

Not Completed




References
A list of sources presented in APA Style

An extensive number of references; wide range of sources used. APA style is correct

A good number of references; a range of sources used. APA style is mostly correct

A limited number of references; a narrow range of sources used. APA style has some errors

Too few sources to allow students to complete this assignment to the level of expectation. APA style may have multiple errors or not used

Not Completed



















Total:____________



Mapping Great Britain Instructions
Your instructions are a little different simply because Great Britain was not a colony under the British Empire, it was the mother country.
Assignment Focus Questions:

These are the specific areas your group needs to address for project.




  1. Geography:

    1. Where is your Great Britain located?

    2. What is its size and geographical make up?

    3. What were the natural resources of your colony?

    4. What things could Britain produce on a large scale, what could it not?




  1. Culture & the Enclosure Movement:

    1. What was the ethnic make up of the population of Great Britain (remember even today not all British people speak English, Britain has at least 6 native languages)?

    2. What was the economy based on before the British Empire?

    3. What happened to the population during the Empire, what changed about where people lived and how they earned a living?

    4. What animals, crops or products were harvested or produced so that people could survive?

    5. What was the effect of colonization on the culture of the colony?




  1. Timeline:

    1. When did the British Empire begin?

    2. How long did it take?

    3. When and how did the British Empire cease to exist?




  1. Mercantilism:

    1. What resources or products were imported into Great Britain?

    2. What resources or products were exported out of Great Britain?

    3. What major transportation systems were added during this time?


Evaluation Parameters:

  • see attached rubrics


What your map will need to include:

THE MAP

  1. All the usual things we include in a map:

    1. a title

    2. a legend

    3. a system of symbols to represent information on the map

    4. a scale & compass

  2. Information on resources & major geographic formations (mountains, rivers etc):

  3. Demographic information, settlements, towns, citites etc

  4. Major transportation routes built or used.

  5. A system to show what was being exported and imported out of/into Great Britain


THE TIMELINE

  1. A timeline of major events from when your country became part of the British Empire to its independence


THE SUMMARIES

  1. Summaries of information that cannot be represented on your map. For example the Culture & Enclosure Movement information.


THE BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. A list of all sources used, including maps and photos in APA Style


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