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Mr. Zwolinkski's History Research Project

GENERAL HISTORICAL RESOURCE LINKS

NOODLETOOLS and Library page with SFUSD Databases

  • SIRS
  • World Book
  • Culture Grams
  • Science Online

TEACHER OZ (http://www.teacheroz.com/toc)

MR. DONN'S SOCIAL STUDIES SITE (http://www.mrdonn.org/index.html)

WIKIPEDIA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)

YOU TUBE (http://www.youtube.com)

Facing History (https://www.facinghistory.org/)

Overview

This spring you will complete multi-part research project on ancient technology.  The project will include a one-page research paper, a full-page, annotated image or graphic, and, if you choose to make one, a scale model for bonus points.   The project will be worth 200 Summative Assessment (40% of your final grade!) points. Your project must be entirely completed and turned in by 4:00 PM, MONDAY, MAY 6, 2014.

I               Research paper

  • Format:  12 point Times New Roman font; standard one-inch margins (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Heading:  Must include full name, name of course, date of completion, and title of project (again, all in Times New Roman, 12-point font).  Specific details to follow.
  • Length:  One page (600 words, plus or minus up to 50; this does NOT include the separate bibliography page).
  • Content: 
    • Introductory paragraph that firefly explains or defines what your example of ancient technology was and what it was used for
    • A second paragraph that describes who (what group or civilization or kingdom or empire, etc.) developed the technology; when and where  it was developed; and why (in response to what need) it was developed
    • A third paragraph clearly and concisely describing how the example of technology worked
    • A final, concluding paragraph that explains the historical, cultural significance of the technology (in other words, why was it important THEN?  And, why do we care TODAY?)
    • Bibliography:  On a separate page, with the heading “Bibliography,” list, in correct format (specific details to follow)list at least three sources you used to conduct your research.  At least one must be a book.

Scoring (100 Summative Assessment points)

  • 50 points:            You turned something in on time with your name on it
  • 5 points:               Correct format
  • 5 points:               Correct heading
  • 5 points:               Correct length (one page; 600 words, plus or minus 50)
  • 5 points:               Introductory (first) “what” paragraph (see “content,” above)
  • 5 points:               Second, “who / where / when / why” paragraph (see “content,” above)
  • 5 points:               Third, “how-it-worked” paragraph (see “content,” above)
  • 5 points:               Concluding, fourth, “why do we care?” paragraph (see above)
  •  5 points:              Accuracy of information
  • 5 points:               Correctly formatted and complete bibliography
  • 5 points:               Perfect conventions (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar)

 

II             Image

You must create and  turn in some sort of visual – a picture, photograph, diagram, drawing – that helps your reader (Mr. Z) understand precisely what the various parts / features of your example of technology were and how your example of technology worked.

  • Your image must fill a full page (e.g., not a half page or two-thirds of a page; not two pages).
  • It may be printed, photocopied, or hand-drawn.
  • Your image must be in color:  drawn and colored, or printed in color, or printed in black-and-white and hand-colored.
  • All important features / details / parts of the example of technology must be labeled accurately (label boxes with arrows).  You can do this freehand or you can use computer software
  • The image must be captioned (a label underneath the image) with the name of the example of technology, the people or society that developed it, the approximate date it was developed and used, and must include, in parentheses, your full name, e.g., “Assyrian Battering Ram, circa 850 BCE (Johnny Zwoski)”
  • The image must reflect careful, thoughtful, patient execution:  It must be “neat and complete.”
     

Scoring (100 Summative Assessment Points)

  • 50 points:            You turned something in, on time, with your name on it.
  • 10 points:            Image is a full page
  • 10 points:             Image is in full-color
  • 10 points:            Labels are neat, clear, detailed  and accurate
  • 10  points:           Image is captioned correctly (see above)
  • 10 points:            Image is “neat and complete”

III            Scale Model (optional; up to 50 bonus points)

You may opt to build a model of your example of technology for up to 50 bonus points (in other words, to make up points you may lose on the paper or image parts of the project) up to 200 total project points.

  • Model may be purchased and assembled (e.g., a plastic model) or built from scratch.  It may NOT be purchased “finished and complete” – you have to build it. (BONUS 10 points)
  • Must be historically accurate (BONUS 10 points)
  • Unless it’s life-size or really big, it must sit on some sort of presentation stand (BONUS 10 points)
  • The model must be accompanied by a card or plaque that names the example of technology, the people or society that developed it, the approximate date it was developed and used, and include, in parentheses, your full name, e.g., “Assyrian Battering Ram, circa 850 BCE (Johnny Zwoski)” (BONUS 10 points)
  • The model must reflect careful, thoughtful, patient execution:  It must be “neat and complete.” (BONUS 10 points)

 

Sixth Grade Technology Project Ideas

 

Basically, you can do your project on any important or interesting innovation or invention that humans came up with between 190,000 years go (when Homo Sapiens Sapiens successfully migrated out of Africa) to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West (c. 476 CE).You can do your project on the tools and weapons or hunter-gatherers or Neolithic farmers, or any of the technologies developed by the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Nubia, Hebrew, Indian, Chinese, Greek or Roman civilizations.Examples (this is NOT a comprehensive list!):

 

Paleolithic and Neolithic eras

  • Stone weapons and tools
  • Bone weapons and tools
  • Spears, atlatls, bows & arrows

 

Mesopotamia

  • copper, bronze, iron tools, weapons and armor
  • The wheel
  • The plow
  • Assyrian siege weapons
  • Archimedes Screw
  • Aqueduct
  • Chariot
  • qanat

 

Egypt & Kush

  • papyrus (paper)
  • Maps
  • Shadoof (irrigation tool)
  • Ramp

 

India

  • ships
  • sewer systems

 

China

 

Greece (Holy cow!  Those clever Greeks…)

 

Romans


 

Seventh Grade Technology Project Ideas

Basically, you can do your project on any important or interesting innovation or invention that humans came up with in the 500-odd years between the fall of Rome in the West (c. 476 CE) through to the end of the Age of Exploration (c. 1620).You can do your project on any of the technologies developed by Mesoamerican civilizations (Maya, Aztec and Inca); China; Japan; Europe: or the Muslim world.Ideas (this is NOT a comprehensive list!) are below:

Aztec

  • macuahuitl
  • Drills
  • axe blades
  • atlatl
  • canoe
  • chinampas (!)
     

Inca

  • terrace Farming
  • freeze dried foods
  • stonework
  • textiles
  • aqueducts
  • bridges
  • panpipes
  • quipus
     

Maya

  • Vulcanization
  • Loom
  • Sacbeob
  • Jade tools
  • hydraulic cement
  • Maya arch
  • Suspension bridges
     

Japan

  • Steel anufacturing
  • bronze casting
  • metalwork
  • silk painting
  • printing
  • washi
  • lacquer-ware
  • pottery and porcelain
  • wooden construction 
  • textile silk 
     

China

  • Metal casting
  • Steel
  • Paper
  • Gunpowder
  • Deep drilling
  • Use of natural gas
  • Mechanical clock mechanisms
  • Silk
  • Porcelain
  • Rudders
  • Suspension bridges
  • Wheelbarrows
  • The compass
  • Stirrup

 

Europe


 (Europe, continued)

 

Islamic world