The Ancient Civilization Project forms a major part of the History Course. This project is worth 35% of the year's work and so the amount of effort put into this project must reflect that importance. A good project takes time to produce well. It will develop through several drafts before its final completion. Students that work on their projects in a timely manner, a little at a time, produce better work than students who rush their project over a few days to meet the deadline. You will be required to hand in your project for review several times to ensure your work is up-to-date and includes all the main elements. Below is the outline of the project. It details the sections, content and mark scheme.
SECTION 1: LOCATION AND ORIGINS
- INTRODUCTION: Your introduction needs to be on the meaning of the word civilization. One paragraph, about 100 words. (3 marks)
- ORIGINS: Write a paragraph to describe the origins of your civilization - i.e. how it got started, when, what cities were started, etc. Give factual information like names, dates, places, etc.
- DRAW or photocopy a map of the civilization that you have chosen. On your map, show the main towns, cities, rivers and any other relevant information. Put a title, and number it as source 1. Link it to the written text on "Origins". (5 marks)
SECTION 2: THEMES AND TOPICS
Choose any THREE topics from the ones below:
- How the people were ruled or governed.
- Religious beliefs and customs.
- Art and Culture (paintings, books, music).
- Special skills (e.g. in building, science, agriculture, writing, making things etc.)
- Agriculture and/or industry
- The Military
- Women in that civilization
- Children in that civilization
FOR EACH TOPIC YOU MUST:
- In your own words explain each of the topics carefully.
- Write one paragraph (about 100 words)
- Provide at least ONE VISUAL SOURCE WHICH IS CAREFULLY LABELLED, AND LINKED TO THE PARAGRAPH.
- You must add a written or other type of source. Give the source a number, title, page number.
Paragraphs = 3 x 4 = 12 marks
Sources = 3 x 3 = 6 marks
SECTION 3: CHRONOLOGICAL TIME LINE
- Draw a chronological time line.
- Put in at least 10 IMPORTANT EVENTS that happened in that civilization.
- Give specific factual information like names, places or statistics etc. in your own words.
- Include the START and the END of the civilization.
- Include relevant headings, key etc.
14 marks (10 for the events + 4 for clarity)
SECTION 4: EMPATHY
- One important event that happened during the life time your Civilization.
- Find out about the daily lives of the people who were there at the time (rulers, priests, poor, etc.) Then write an empathetic account. You can choose one of the following styles.
- A journal
- A newspaper
- A letter to a friend
Include in your answer:
- 2 photographs or pictures
- Make your account sound and look authentic as if it was written at the time.
- Include the facts that you should have discovered from your research in a natural way.
AIM FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 200 WORDS
6 marks for written details
3 marks for use of sources/drawings
3 marks for originality
Total = 12 marks
SECTION 5: COMPARISON CHART BETWEEN ANCIENT:
Draw a clear and understandable chart that COMPARES your civilization with the one studied in class. List 10 SIMILARITIES and DIFFERENCES. (10 marks)
SECTION 6: CONCLUSION
Write an essay that explains the civilization you studied, its achievements, its importance, and WHY it declined OR ended.
Provide 2 SOURCES to backup your points in the explanations.
Aim to provide 2 paragraphs, (about 200 words).
(6 marks for the paragraphs, 4 marks for the sources.
SECTION 7: MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS TO COMPLETE
- Cover page done as a colourful poster showing one aspect of your civilization.
- Title page with your name, title, grade, teacher, and date.
- Contents page.
- Number all pages, sources, maps etc.
- Spelling 3 marks
- Grammar 3 marks
- Neatness 3 marks
- Use of original ideas 3 marks
Total marks for section 7 = 20
DEADLINE FOR HANDING THIS PROJECT: ONE WEEK AFTER EASTER BREAK.