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Unit Eight--Final Project
Please print this off and refer to it often. Click here for the rubric.
The Final Project for this course will be a teaching unit and is worth 120 points. Using the Units for this course as a template, you will create Lecture Notes, a Reading, an Agora Assignment, a Writing Assignment, and a quiz (see below for exact list). Then you will create a set of "webpages" similar to the Units for this course on a topic connected with the Arts. (Don't worry if you don't know how to make webpages--type the pages up as you normally would and I will turn your material into web pages.) In other words, it's your turn to be the teacher!!
Step One-- Choose a topic-
Your topic may be anything which we would normally study in this course, that is, anything related to the Arts. But be careful not to make the topic too broad. For example, don't choose an entire era , or even the history of one of the arts. Rather, choose a particular work and then research the era, the creator, social influences, etc., as I did with The Education of the Virgin or Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Grande Jatte or the poetry of Richard Wilbur. You could even choose an event which had an impact on the Arts like the Columbian Exposition.
And don't forget , there are several art forms we have not even looked at--dance, theatre, architecture, sculpture, prose literature and many others. Feel free to choose a topic that you may have an interest in or some background in. The main thing is to stay away from the tired old topics of one particular person, like Mozart or Van Gogh. If you want to concentrate on an individual, then look for a way of doing so from a broader perspective. For example, if you want to do Mozart maybe do "Opera in the 1700's," and then concentrate on Mozart as someone who wrote opera in the 1700's.
NOTE--For this Unit you will definitely need to do research in places other than the Internet (see below).
Step Two--Do the research
Begin looking for material on your topic, making sure to make a list of your sources as you go along so that you have them handy when you make your bibliography. You will mostly use internal citations in the Lecture Notes because you yourself will write them--and don't forget, put the information into your own words but cite your sources!
The Reading may be a link to another website or a scan of material from a book. (Do feel free to write your own Reading. However, if you do write your own, you will also need to cite your sources just as in the Lecture Notes.) You will need at least 7 sources for your final bib, so you will most likely need to refer to books, magazines, encyclopedias, etc. besides Internet sources
Step Three--Choose four objectives (Please read this section carefully)
When we started, I listed five broad goals for this course in the syllabus. Although you weren't necessarily aware of it, there were also objectives (or subtopics) for each unit which I then used to organize the material around. For example, one of the objectives (subtopics) for Unit Two was "The student will be able to identify the vanishing point in certain paintings." This subtopic/objective then became the focus point of some of the material for that Unit. In other words, you need to ask yourself what it is that you want your "students" to learn about or be able to do with your topic--that is, what are the four most important subtopics in the material you have gathered. This will help you to keep your material under control and not get too broad. So, just as I did, you will have to formulate four objectives (subtopics) for your teaching unit.
Then you need to formulate four study questions, one for each objective. For example, using our Unit Two as an example, a study question for the "vanishing point" objective could be-- "What are orthogonals and how are they used?" Obviously, the answers to these study questions then make up the content of your project--get it?
In other words, you will have to fill in the following form four times, once for each objective. You will end up with 4 objectives and 16 study questions.
Objective One: At the end of this unit the student will be able to discuss (or explain or demonstrate or identify, etc) ________________ (please use this phrasing).
Study question 1 _________________
Study question 2 _________________
Study question 3 _________________
Study question 4 _________________
NOTE--You will send these objectives and study questions to me by email before working on your final. This will give me a chance to help you out if by chance you might be going in the wrong direction.
For those of you who are visual learners, here is a concept map of the teaching unit. You can print it off and use it as a sort of check list as you work your way through the assignment.
Step Four--Here is what the project will be made up of
- Lecture Notes --Prepare a lecture on the first objective for your topic. You should include examples--images, sounds, etc., as well as links to related websites. Use the Lecture Notes from any of the HUM 210 units as examples of what you need to do. This should be at least 3 1/2 pages double spaced with 12 pt Times Roman or Arial font. Remember--you must cite your sources both within your lecture (with parenthetical citations) and in the Works Cited.
- Reading- From the texts you use to research your topic, choose one (or a section of one) that covers your second objective for your topic. For example, you may link to a site which has an appropriate reading. Or- If it is from a book or magazine, etc., you will need to type it out or scan it so that it can send it in via WebCT. Then, and most importantly, you must include a 1 1/2 to 2 page outline or bullet list of the information in the Reading. Or- you may write your own reading!! (If you do write your own, you must cite your sources.)
- Quiz --You must make up a 15 question multiple choice quiz based on the third objective of your topic.
- Writing assignment --Give instructions for a paper on the fourth objective of your topic. Then make a list or outline of the points or ideas you would expect the student to include in the paper.
- Agora Assignment --Invent a topic that students can make Agora postings on. It may be related to any of the four objectives. Take care to make the assignment thoughtful and and relevant.
- Related Sites page-- You must find 5 sites related to your topic. These will be sites in addition to any you use in the lecture notes.
- Bibliography --Your final bibliography needs to have at least 7 sources. The final bib must not have more than-- 1 encyclopedia entry; 2 magazine articles; or 5 Internet sites in the listing. You may use as many books as you want. (Don't forget that interviews, videos, TV programs, etc., also count as research and may be included in the bib. If you are not sure how to cite them, ask me and I will help you.)
What you are ultimately trying to do is create a teaching unit that mimics the units we have had in this course-- therefore, any of the units can act as a model for your work. This is your chance to be the teacher so take it!
I expect plenty of questions, so don't hesitate to email me.
Step Five-Check the Rubric to make sure you have done your best. Then submit the Final
Submit the final through your WebCT page in the same way you submit all writing assignments. As with the Midterm, please submit your file(s) as .rtf . And definitely don't forget to use the rubric. Besides being the assessment, it also works as a second set of instructions.
If you have seriously read these instructions, then here's a reward.
An example of a Final that received an A.
Be sure to read the example's Objectives and Study Questions for an idea of how to do them.