Timeline Assignment: Early Civilizations Due Date: November 3, 2014

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Timeline Assignment: Early Civilizations

Due Date: November 3, 2014, Worth: 100 points

Introduction: One of the best ways to remember information about the cultures and civilizations is to construct timelines of the most important events from each of their respective histories. It will be helpful to have timelines so that you can easily make comparisons and reflect on the significance of events and people. This is a group project that counts in the projects/essays category of your grading rubric (20%). Each day your group project is late, 5 points will be deducted from EVERYONE’S grade. It is essential that you complete the assignment on time and carry your weight!


You will be put into either groups of 4 OR 5.

  1. From the list below, you and your group members needs to choose 4 out of the 6 civilizations/regions to study. Not all of them: 4!

  • Mesopotamia

  • Ancient Egypt

  • Shang China

  • Indus River Valley cultures (Mohenjo-Daro/Harappa)

  • Olmecs

  • Minoans/Myceaneans

  1. Each person in the group must choose ONE category from the list below to study. Each group member must choose a different category. Therefore, if you are in a group of 4, 4 out of the 5 categories should be selected. If you are in a group of 5, 5 out of the 5 categories should be selected.

  • Religion

  • Achievements

  • Politics/Government

  • Economy

  • Social Life (the way people lived)

  1. Individual Task 1: Each person is responsible for researching one significant event and/or development of their category for each chosen region/civilization. You also need to include a few sentences under that event that explains the significance of it (i.e. Why was this important? How did it impact people/societies?). Failure to include this part, will result in point deductions.

  • For example: If you chose politics/government, and your group chose Egypt, Mesopotamia, Shang China, and the Olmec civilizations, you would need to research ONE significant political event for EACH region (Ex. Hammurabi’s code developed in 1772 B.C is a politically significant event for Mesopotamia; then you would need one for Egypt, Shang China, and the Olmecs. Underneath the information on Hammurabi, you need to assess the significance: “Hammurabi’s code was the first written code, which helped clarify laws and provide more unity and order.” You would then repeat this concept for each region/event).

  • So, let’s add this up:

    • If you are in a group of 4, and each person researches 4 significant events and/or developments, there should be a total of at least 16 events on your timeline.

    • If you are in a group of 5, and each person researchers 4 significant events and/or developments, there should be a total of at least 20 events on your timeline.

  1. Group Task: Once everyone has completed their research, you and your group members must create a timeline together that showcases all of your chosen events and regions.

  • What needs to be on the timeline?

    • Your names need to be on the back of the posterboard

    • The timelines should have clear lines labeled with dates

    • Handwritten (neatly) or typed descriptions of each significant event (including the few sentence explanation of why this event was important)

      • Underneath each description you must include your name if you created that event

    • Visuals (handwritten if neat, or computer images).

      • At least 8 if you are in a group of 4: (2 for each group member)

      • At least 10 if you are in a group of 5: (2 for each group member)

      • Try to plan ahead and coordinate so that each civilization has some sort of visual. For example, you don’t want to have 6 visuals show images of Mesopotamia, and then 1 of Shang, and 1 of the Olmecs.

    • On the back: A list of your sources.

    • The events should be color coded by region (if you type it up and print out the info, you could outline the box in that color, or type it in the color font).

    • Include a key of your colors and respective regions

  • What do we need to include for our list of sources?

    • Format examples to be provided later

    • Each person must have at least ONE book source—not your textbook (don’t rely on google for everything. A library exists downstairs…it’s a nice one too.)

    • The source list must be TYPED and TAPED or GLUED to the back of the poster.

    • Put each person’s name next to their source.

    • Failure to include this list results in grade deductions for EACH group member!

    • You are NOT allowed to use encyclopedias like Wikipedia, about.com (or other unreliable sources), or general databases like ABC Clio, or travel sites (ex. India.com)

      • Websites should be attached to academic sources like colleges universities, or reputable publications. For example: http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/AshokatheGreat.html

      • Other reputable websites include: 1) Any news websites with current articles on the topic, 2) Museums, 3) History channel, PBS

  • How should the poster look?

    • Neatness will count towards your grade!

    • The poster must be 28” x 22”

Helpful reminders: It is your responsibility to plan ahead so that the due date doesn’t sneak up on you and you can create a meaningful project! Therefore, plan with your group members at least 3 times to meet or discuss the project.

For example:

  • Meeting 1- Choose categories (you could set up a google doc)

  • Meeting 2- Check in with each other to see how research is going. Remember, this is a GROUP GRADE, so you want to make sure no one is falling behind!

  • Meeting 3- Build your poster together. This needs to be a group effort (i.e. Don’t make the artistic person do all the work). You can come to SGI to do this or meet on the weekends.

  1. Individual Task 2: Each group member will submit a short paper that explains WHY he or she would prefer to live in 1 of the selected civilizations or regions. You have to make a choice!

  • This paper should be roughly 2 paragraphs long. NOTHING MORE THAN 1 PAGE. (12-point font, Times New Roman, double spaced).

  • This paper should make a clear claim in paragraph 1: ( example: I would rather live with the Olmecs because…). Use evidence from your timeline to back up your claim

  • This paper MUST support that claim with evidence from BOTH your research findings and the findings of others. To be clear, it MUST refer to the events/developments that other people in your group have contributed.

  • This paper should also make a counter claim in paragraph 2 (ex: The Olmecs could also be difficult to live with because…), which would mean you’d compare it to the other civilizations. You would obviously need to use evidence from your timeline to back up your claim

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