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East Asia and the Pacific World Report (Russ, Lawrence, Simpson, and Dodson 8th Grade): Mr. Lawrence's Assignment

Project Details

Mr. Lawrence

8th Cultural Geography

Ancient Civilizations, Cultures, and Kingdoms – South Asia

Due: October 26th and 27th 2020

 

Each student will choose a topic from the list below.  You will then complete an oral presentation meeting the following criteria:

 

LENGTH AND FORMAT: Your report should be approximately 2:00-3:00A minutes in length.  In addition to the presentation, you will need a quality visual aid as well as a thorough and typed outline.

 

SOURCES: You must have at least three sources for your report (maximum one encyclopedia, two other reputable sites; NO Wikipedia!, a book source is extra credit).  While the exact form in which you cite your sources is not important, it is essential that you do cite your sources.  

 

DO NOT PLAGIARIZE, but  FAMILIARIZE, ANALYZE, and PROSELYTIZE!!

 

CONTENT: Each of the topics below is an important civilization, culture, or kingdom in the South Asia before Colonial Involvement.  

 

The important thing is that you provide a clear and concise overview that also explains the significance of your topic!  Include an analysis of how this culture organized themselves, formed a distinct identity, and made decisions or advances that effected peoples and nations.  Try to explore the causes and effects, the “why” as well as the “what” in order to fully argue your thesis and cover necessary material.

 

TURN IN YOUR TYPED OUTLINE WITH YOUR PRESENTATION!!!

 

Simply because you will not write a whole paper, do not be mistaken to think you will not need quality content in your outline or for your presentation.  On the contrary, this project will rely more on specific information – and corresponding analysis - than word filler.

 

REQUIREMENTS: 

For your outline, you will need to include your thesis statement.  

Then, write a topic sentence for each paragraph / grouping of subject matter as it relates to proving your thesis statement.  Some ideas for relevant material would be the following: demographics (population size, trends, ethnicities), culture (art, mythology, important stories), and political events (trade, wars, impact on environment) from your topic.  

After your topic sentence, you will need supports.  These evidences will be the proof for your assertions, and will help your presentation flow logically. You do not need to write complete sentences for these supports, since you will show/explain them in your presentation.

Lastly, to complete each paragraph, you will need a concluding statement that draws together your proofs to complete your argument.  

Finally, you will emphatically express your confidence that you have demonstrated your thesis statement effectively with an ultimate conclusion.

 

It looks like this:


 

Mr. Lawrence Name _____________________

8th Cultural Geography

Written Report - Planning Sheet Topic: _____________________


 

COMPLETE THIS PLANNING SHEET BEFORE YOU CRAFT YOUR PRESENTATION. TURN THIS SHEET IN WITH YOUR PROJECT.


 

Restate your topic as a QUESTION (QUESTIONS) that you will answer.


 

Using sentence fragments and short phrases, state the basic argument/position that you will take in your paper.




 

Using the fragments and phrases above, write a THESIS STATEMENT that will function for your essay in the way that a topic sentence functions in a paragraph. Your thesis should be a one-sentence summary of your paper and should answer the basic question you posed above.



 

Briefly, using fragments and phrases, plan/outline the content of your body paragraphs.

 

  • Thesis Statement

  • Topic Body 1

    • Support-

    • Support-

    • Support-

  • Topic Body 2

    • Support -

    • Support-

    • Support-

  • Topic Body 3 (if needed)

    • Support-

    • Support-

    • Support-

  • Topic Body 4 (if needed)

    • Support-

    • Support-

    • Support -

  • Conclusion Statement



 

South Asian Kingdoms, Empires, & Civilizations

 

Harappan Empire

Dravidian People

Aryan Migration

Mahajanapadas

Mauryan Empire

Kushan Kingdom

Gupta Empire

Pala Empire

Chola Empire

Hun Invasion

Delhi Sultanate

Vijayanagar Empire

Mughal Empire

 

Ramayana

Mahabharata

 

Vedas 

Upanishads

Bhagavad-Gita

 

Jainism

Sikhism

Mr. Lawrence

8th Cultural Geography

Kingdoms, Cultures, and Civilizations – Asia

 

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PREPARATION:

 

____Outline – Thesis statement, topic sentences per paragraph, specific evidence, concluding statements

  9

 

____Sources and Planning Sheet – correct format, completion of requirements

  3

 

____Visual Aid – quality images, balanced information, relevant and appealing

  6


 

DELIVERY:


 

____ Length – at least 2:00, do not exceed 3:00.

 3


 

____ Significance – why is this person or topic famous/important?

 3


 

____ Key Evidence – identify (with dates) key events, details, or facts

 3


 

____ Story – include at least one interesting story (anecdote)

 2


 

____ Organization – clear beginning, middle, end; coherent instead of random rambling

 2


 

____ Delivery – pronunciation, familiarity with content, eye contact

 2