P02b_The Classical World
The activity will cover a period of time from ~8th C. BCE to 6th C. CE (with a few exceptions that may reach beyond). The period marks the beginning, height, and decline of the Classical Era. Many of the foundational elements of our philosophical and political world are established and developed in this period.
You are expected to use the sources found within the World History Research Primer and the History Research Primer Sources & Guidance that are accessible via the ‘Resources’ section of this website. Any other sources must approved by Mr.V via a Schoology message. Approvals can only be done during the second half of the research projects duration. Since our course uses a textbook for reading assignments, it can be used as a source without prior approval (Textbook chapters that relate to the content of this project are Ch. 05 through 09). However, the content requirements for this research project will not be fully served by your textbook and must be significantly augmented by other sources.
1. Please open the P02b_The Classical World mindmap prepared for you by Mr.V.
The mindmap contains six branches labeled for the topic areas being explored. The list of topic areas appears below.
05 South Asia/ India
Open the branch that is assigned to your group. You’ll see that ‘focus statements’, meant to surgically dissect the issue, have been incorporated. These statements are ‘true’ statements and only meant to help guide you to the information you should be uncovering.
The events, places, or circumstances that your group will explore will pave our path to understanding certain milestones. In essence, each branch of the mindmap is a contributory element to this era of World History.
2. Organize your groups.
A. Assign tasks to group members.
B. Choose how your group will collect, organize, and keep track of data collection by group members. If you decide to use a mindmap, you must share the map with Mr.V as before. If you decide to use a different application to keep your group’s research task organized, it must have ‘Can-Edit’ sharing capabilities for Mr.V. Mr.V must be able to observe the digital collaboration, NOT JUST a working copy of the final product (which is a PowerPoint presentation).
C. Begin collecting sources that may be of use in revealing the truths of the focus statements. The sources, as before, are to come from the Research Primers, course textbook, and any additional source you verify with Mr.V.
3. Presentation: Phase II of the project will introduce the product of our findings: An Audio/ Visual Presentation given by one speaker and aided by ‘group experts’. When the initial research phase (Phase I) ends, consider the following as you prepare the presentation:
A. The last slide of your presentation will consist of a Works Cited list. The format for compiling such a list is explained and illustrated on the Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab website. To access that resource, refer to the History Research Primer Mindmap Portal in the ‘Resources’ section of this website for the link. Be sure to use the 2016 MLA formatting standard that is offered on the site.
B. Use the focus statements provided in the mindmap to analyze the data gathered. These focus statements will be of particular importance in addressing the questions that Mr.V will ask at the end of each presentation.
C. Consider the construction of your presentation. Be sure to…
-Control the balance between ‘text’ and imagery.
-Consider the audience: How close will they be to your presentation (projection)? How long will the slide be visible for them to look at?
-As you enter text onto your slides, be sure to highlight the terms that are from the textbook assignments in the pertinent chapter. Your textbook assignments (vocabulary) are required to be incorporated in the text of your presentation slides.
-Consider the time limit for the presentation (8 – 10 minutes)
D. Choose a group member to act as the speaker during the presentation with a ‘tech’ assistant to advance the slides in the presentation. The person you choose to speak MUST NOT HAVE PREVIOUSLY SPOKEN for your group.
E. The Presentation file must…
-Be in a PDF format. Google Slides, macOS, and WindowsOS users must export their file as a PDF.
-Label your file: P02b_Topic-Pd#. (Example: P02b_Rome-03 means that this is a P02b project on Rome from Period 3).
-Attach your presentation file to an email message you send to worldhistoryreview(AT)outlook.com.
-The file must be in Mr.V’s possession by 7 PM the day before your group presents. It is the group’s responsibility to ensure the file ‘opens’ and displays the content in a manner that the group desires. Mr.V cannot correct those types of errors.
F. The Rubric Mr.V will complete as you give your presentation is accessible here.
The Results of P02b_The Classical World
I will make accessible the presentations created by all the research groups within our course. Take advantage of the hard work your peers put into the research that supports their presentation. To see the presentations of Period 3 students, click on the link ‘Pd 03’. For Period 5 students, click ‘Pd 05’.
A compilation of questions that Mr.V asked each presenter will appear below the associated topic heading.
To be posted…