Monday, January 10, 2011

Mesopotamia Project: Your Written Report

Some folks may be working on the written portion of their Mesopotamia project, while other may not have started yet. Either way, here is some information on how to do a good job:
  • Consult the Score Card and Expectations handed out when the project was assigned. 
  • Be sure you have someone proofread your paper before handing it in.
  • Plan so that you have the written report ready to hand in on Friday, January 21st.
  • Use double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12-14 font.
  • A cover sheet should include: Name, Date, Block, and Title.
The written report will have two history grades and a writing skills grade. Let's look at each of these one at a time to understand how the report should be done.


1. HIST: Understanding Important Historical Developments:
Strand: Demonstrates thorough understanding of history
  • Level 7    Demonstrated a deep understanding of the topic by presenting many relevant, accurate facts, examples, and details in a report of 3 or more pages.
  • Level 6    Demonstrated an understanding of the topic by presenting many relevant, accurate facts, examples, and details in a report of 2 to 3 pages.
  • Level 5    Report showed some understanding of the topic, but not clearly OR report included a number of factual errors OR report was of insufficient length, without enough detail.
  • Level 4    Report showed little understanding of the topic OR report included a number of factual errors AND was of insufficient length, without enough detail.
This section of the written report is where you demonstrate what you've learned about the specific civilization that you have been researching. Remember to show what you know, give detailed facts and examples to help the reader understand who the people of your ancient civilization were.

In class, you used 10 questions to help guide your research. Remember, it's okay if you can't find the specific answer to a specific question. The questions are only to give you an idea of what types of facts you should include.
  1. Where was this civilization located? Are there appropriate maps included?
  2. In what time period did this civilization exist?
  3. What were some important accomplishments of this civilization?
  4. Who were some famous leaders of this civilization?
  5. How were the government and laws of the civilization set up?
  6. What was everyday life like for a person of this civilization?
  7. What were the different social levels or jobs found in this civilization?
  8. What was the culture of this civilization like in the areas of art, architecture, language, and literature?
  9. What were the religious beliefs of this civilization?
  10. How did this civilization interact with neighbors both in terms of war and trade?
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2. HIST:         Understanding Important Historical Developments:
Strand: Making connections between the past and the present
  • Level 7    Included several insightful connections between the past and the present in specific areas, had a clear reasoning for each connection, and demonstrated the effect of past events on civilization today.
  • Level 6    Included a couple of insightful connections between the past and the present in specific areas, had a clear reasoning for each connection, and demonstrated the effect of past events on civilization today.
  • Level 5    Included one insightful connection between the past and the present OR included a few connections that were confusing or inaccurate.
  • Level 4    Included just one connection between the past and the present AND included connection was confusing or inaccurate.
This section is an important one. It's where you demonstrate how the past is either different from or similar to the present. Here you may use the four analysis questions given out during class, but like the other questions, these are only to give you ideas. It is okay if you don't answer them all exactly.
  1. What was something you found interesting about your civilization?
  2. Which aspects of your civilization did you admire? Which aspects did you dislike?
  3. How does your ancient civilization compare to our civilization here in the U.S.?
  4. What influence has your ancient civilization had on people today (if any)? 
Here's a couple of examples:
"The Phoenicians sent trading ships all over the Mediterranean to buy and sell goods. Countries today send freighter ships all over the world, but instead of wooden sailing ships, our are made of steel."

"Both the Assyrian emperor and the U.S. Presidents have control over the military in their countries, however the Assyrian emperor could sentence someone to death just because he didn't like the person. The President can't."

"The Sumerian language was spoken all over Mesopotamia because when two groups of people traded, they spoke a language they had in common. Today, many people around the world speak English as a common language of business, trade, diplomacy, and law." 

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WRIT:         Conveying Information in Clear, Precise, and Proper English:
Strand: Mechanics and organization
  • Level 7    Report was organized into clearly defined, indented paragraphs and included almost no mistakes in spelling, grammar, or punctuation AND was interesting and easy to read.
  • Level 6    Report was organized into clearly defined, indented paragraphs and included a few mistakes in spelling, grammar, or punctuation AND was interesting and easy to read.
  • Level 5    Writing was somewhat disorganized OR included several errors OR was confusing and difficult to read.
  • Level 4    Writing was somewhat disorganized AND included several errors AND was confusing and difficult to read.
This grade is the easiest to understand, but the one which most students seem to forget. It is so important that you organize your writing so it makes sense. You might want to follow the order of the 10 questions from class, but don't just make a list. You should be writing a formal report with indented paragraphs.

The best way to eliminate mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuations is to have an adult proofread for you, and give you feedback so you can revise your draft.

Good luck! Tomorrow I'll blog about writing a proper bibliography.

4 comments:

  1. Hi do you have to double space your written report

    Ethan Kobelin

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  2. No, Kobes. You can single space it and divide it into sections with subtitles.

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  3. is it OK if I did

    Ethan

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