candidates: Our small European country of Nacirema is seeking the leadership and guidance of a dynamic leader. After the Reformation and the weakening of the power of the Roman Catholic Church, Nacirema declared its independence and created a sovereign nation. The nation has narrowed the list of potential applicants to the following leaders:
Henry IV (France)
Cardinal Richelieu (France)
Zhu Di(Yongle)(Ming Dynasty)
Shah Abbas the Great (Persia)
Sultan Suleiman (Ottoman)
Akbar the Great (India)
Maria Theresa (Austria)
Frederick the Great (Prussia)
Kang Xi (Qing dynasty)
Joseph II (Austria)
Nicholas I (Russia)
Louis XVI (France)
Ivan III (Russia)
Oliver Cromwell (England)
Henry VIII (England)
Elizabeth I (England)
James II (England)
James I (England)
Charles V (Holy Roman Empire)
Montezuma II (Aztec)
Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu) (Ming dynasty)
Tokugawa Ieyasu (Japan)
Frederick William I (Prussia)
Frederick William, the Great Elector (Prussia)
Frederick II (Holy Roman Empire)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Japan)
Kublai Khan (Yuan Dynasty)
Task: You will role play one of the above absolute monarchs who is trying to be appointed the new monarch of this nation. Your mission is to be the best absolute ruler to claim the throne of Nacirema and lead the country to greatness! In order to be considered for the position, you must submit your FACEBOOK page and a letter of your candidacy to the selection committee.
Research your monarch using at least the following four sources.
Print source –book in library or reference book in library
2. 3 internet sites of the student’s choice—NO WIKIPEDIA!
4. You must take notes on the annotation pages and write a citation of the source in the correct MLA format.
5. This annotated bibliography will be turned in with your facebook page and letter.
Create a mock FACEBOOK PAGE for that monarch including:
Name, contact information (nationality/address)
Objective statement (What your leader hopes to accomplish as a leader of this new nation)
Information – background information about your candidate (date of birth/death, country, dates of reign, parents, spouse, children, etc.)
Education / training (schools, military, religious, etc.)
Work/Job Experience (positions of authority held/jobs)
Accomplishments (Things your leader wants to stress in order to get hired. Make sure to list specific events and actions.)
Failures (Things that might hurt your candidate. Note – this would not typically be stressed, but you might want to “spin” the failure to word it in a favorable way.)
References (List the names and titles of at least two people that could be contacted about your leader’s ability to lead. These must be 2 actual historical people.)
Don’t forget other FACEBOOK favorites – include a picture of your monarch, pictures of 3 people who would be your monarch’s friends with captions underneath identifying them, 5 Networks to which s/he would belong and write 2 status updates on your Wall—you can be funny or creative but the information must be accurate.
Write a letter to the Nacirema Ruler Selection Committee
It must be at least 1 page single-spaced typed.
It should be formal and express the appropriate tone of a person seeking a job.
It must be a letter with correct salutation, body, and closing.
In your letter you must have one body paragraph explaining why you are an competent absolute ruler. Make sure you explain how you have met at least 2 of the key features of an absolute ruler.
You must have another body paragraph highlighting and explaining at least 2 of your most significant accomplishments included on your facebook page.
You must have another body paragraph in which you compare yourself to 1 other monarch studied in class (Philip II, Louis XIV, Peter the Great, Ferdinand II, Charles I, Catherine the Great). You can incorporate it into your letter by saying something like this: I understand that _______________(name of monarch) is also applying for this position. Although he is an excellent candidate, you should still choose me over him because . . . . You need to provide at least 2 explained and logical reasons why you are better than the monarch you chose.
**PLEASE TURN IN THE RUBRIC WITH YOUR PROJECT.
My Monarch is: _________________________________________________
Due Date (annotated bibliography, facebook page, & letter): _______________
1. PRINT SOURCE – BOOK IN LIBRARY OR REFERENCE BOOK Annotation – Notes about information for project, possibly a quote you can use and/or a key point that helps you.