Western Humanities Final Project/Final Exam Preparation

 

WHO IS WESTERN MAN?

 

Throughout the school year, we have studied the origins of Western culture, from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the Enlightenment in Europe.

 

By now it is expected that you have gained a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the achievements of Western civilization.  Hopefully, you have come to realize the importance of studying the past as a means of understanding the present and the future. 

 

Your task now is to answer the Essential Question of the course:  Who is Western man?

Big Picture Categories:

Philosopher

Artist

Soldier

Scientist/Inventor

Political Leader

The Prophet

To answer this, start by examining what the West has come to represent – good and/or bad, right and/or wrong and how what you have learned about the foundations of modern Western culture has led us to this point.

 

Your first task is to create a computer-generated timeline that clearly and thoroughly traces the development of Western European tradition from ancient Greece and Rome through the Enlightenment (18th Century). Your timeline must have a title and clearly distinguish the periods in history studied and all required information should be easily identified (this will require a key). For example:  political examples in blue and provide images for each. Be creative but be sure to use your time wisely i.e. more time on content than beautifying! 

 

You must include at least one detailed example of each of the following: political, economic, religious, social/cultural, intellectual and artistic event (can be a person or product as well) learned in class.  You will then closely examine the periods studied and determine how each contributed to the development our modern Western identity. This response will be located below each unit section on your timeline and must reflect thoughtful, thorough, critical analysis of both the unit and course essential questions.

 

Once your time line is completed to this point reflect on the events/individuals you chose to included and why. This will help you to choose which of the above “big picture” categories you believe best represents Western man. Once you have decided, identify key contributors within this category for each period studied and include them in your timeline. Be prepared to defend your choice using the evidence noted on your timeline.

 

 

Your culminating essay: Who, in all history, best embodies Western culture and ideals is your final exam essay question.  Regardless of the choice you make, it must be clear why you believe this person(s) best exemplifies Western culture and use evidence from the year (thus, the purpose of your timeline) to support.

 

 

The final product is due on: Monday, June 14th

Must be emailed to me by the start of your class period!

 

Late projects will not be accepted.

 If you are sick or have a planned absence you are still required to email the project on the set due date.

 

 

The onus is on you to complete the majority of your project on your own.  Remember that it should reflect 10th grade ability and effort.  Note: This project also serves as your final exam review and preparation so be precise and offer critical analysis of the topics covered in relation to the course essential question!

 

Good luck!


 

Western Humanities Grading Rubric (60 points)                                                   Name: ___________________________________

Final Project – Who Is Western Man?                                                                      Date _____________________  Period _________

            

 

 

Level of Performance    >

Beyond

Mastery

Mastery

Approaching Mastery

Basic

Below

Basic

Grade    >

A to A+

B to A-

B- to C-

D- to D+

F

 

Identification and analysis of Western culture and ideals

   

Identifies the evolution of significant aspects of Western ideals and values using more than one example for each; examination of these components of Western culture reflects thoughtful, thorough, critical analysis.

10     9

Identifies the evolution of significant aspects of Western ideals and values; examination of these components of Western culture reflects thoughtful and thorough analysis but may lack insight.

8     7

Identifies the evolution of several aspects of Western ideals and values; examination of these components of Western thoroughness and analysis not consistent.

 

 

6     5

Identifies some aspects of Western ideals and values, but choices may be superficial or insignificant; examination of these components of Western lacks thoroughness and critical analysis.

 

4     3

Does not identify or examine (analyze) Western ideals and values.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2     1     0

 

Insight into the Essential Question: Who is Western Man?

 

Final Exam Question Rubric

Answers the Essential Question effectively and persuasively; answer is richly supported with relevant, appropriate information; person selected embodies the Western ideals identified and analyzed by the student.

30     28

Answers the Essential Question effectively; answer is adequately supported with relevant, appropriate information; person selected embodies the Western ideals identified and analyzed by the student.

 

27-25

Answers the Essential Question effectively, but lacks adequate support with relevant information; person selected might not fully embody the Western ideals identified as analyzed by the student, or connection between person and ideals is lacking.

 

 

24- 21

Essential Question is not addressed or is not answered effectively; answer lacks support with relevant information; person selected does not embody the Western ideals as identified by the student, or connection between person and ideals is not made.

 

20 -   18

Essential Question is not addressed or is not answered effectively; no attempt is made to show relationship between person selected and Western ideals, or person selected is not a significant figure in Western history.

 

 

 

17 - 15   

 

Creativity / originality of ideas / final product choice

 

Final product is appropriate and extremely creative; approach to assessment reflects originality and the ability to exceed expectations.

10     9

Final product is appropriate and creative; approach to assessment reflects originality and the ability to meet expectations.

 

8     7

Final product is appropriate though not particularly creative; approach to assessment may reflect originality and/or the desire to meet expectations.

 

6     5

Final product is appropriate but not creative or original; approach to assessment does not reflect the desire to meet expectations.

 

4     3

Final product is not appropriate, creative, or original; approach to assessment does not reflect the desire to meet expectations.

 

2     1     0

 

Organization, fluency, and workmanship

 

Final product is neat, aesthetically pleasing, and shows precise attention to detail; ideas are organized and fluent; grammar and spelling errors are rare and do not detract from overall product; overall workmanship is superior.

10     9

Final product is neat, aesthetically pleasing, and shows precise attention to detail; ideas are organized and fluent; grammar and spelling errors are rare and do not detract from overall product; overall workmanship is very good.

8     7

Final product is neat and generally nice to look at; ideas are generally organized and fluent; grammar and spelling errors are minimal but may detract from overall product; overall workmanship is satisfactory.

 

6     5

Final product may be sloppy or awkward; organization and fluency need improvement; grammar and spelling errors are significant and detract from overall product; overall workmanship is below average.

 

 

4     3

Final product is sloppy or awkward; organization and fluency are seriously flawed; grammar and spelling errors are significant and detract from overall product; overall workmanship is unsatisfactory.

 

 

2     1     0

 

 

Timeline Raw score ______ / 30                                    Grade ______ / 100

Comments:                       Essay Raw Score: ______/30