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Humanities Project Information Sheet • • • • • • •

All students will complete a humanities project and turn it in by April 1st. Students may choose a traditional or non-traditional project. Students only have to complete one project. Student may choose from the time periods ranging from ancient history to the early renaissance. Students must use MLA citation methods. Students must use at least 5 scholarly sources, only 2 of which may be websites. Students may not use Wikipedia as a source. All information should be cited throughout the paper and in a works cited. All papers should be approximately 4-5 pages of text in length. Students are encouraged to include graphics in their paper, but they should not take up more than 1 to 2 pages. Neither a title page nor works cited count towards this requirement, but should be included and numbered. I am trying to allow for as much creativity and individuality in this project as possible. I STRONGLY encourage you to email me or set up a meeting if you feel you need guidance or have questions.

Traditional Project 1. Architecture through the world: Choose at three distinct structures from different countries. These structures should be similar in function (church, government building, burial structure, etc…) and built within 100 years of each other. Students will briefly describe the period in which the structures were build, describe the building of those structures, discuss and account for differences and similarities, and explain the significance of the structures. 2. Culture through humanities: Choose a specific culture/country and discuss how art, architecture, music, dance, and literature have changed over time in that particular region or culture. Be sure to describe characteristics of the culture/country, and how those are incorporated into the fine arts. Have at least 5 examples. 3. The human body: Explain how the human body has been portrayed through time in the humanities. You must include 3 of the 5 disciplines and have at least 5 examples total. Include information about the artist/creator and their interpretation of the human body. Discuss how the stylization of abstraction of each figure is related to ideas/themes of the time. 4. Commissioning: The relationship between an artist or architect and a patron very often shape the form and content of a work. Identify a particular artist, architect, composer, choreographer, or writer that often had works commissioned. Name the people who commissioned work from him/her and discuss how the specific interest and intentions of the particular patron are revealed in the creator’s work. 5. Themes: Choose a theme (see the examples below) and explain how it is exemplified through the humanities. You must choose at least 3 of the 5 disciplines and have at least 5 examples total. a. Love, nature, war/violence, women, power, religion, class, wealth, death etc… 6. Creator: Choose an artist, architect, composer, choreographer, or writer and examine at least 3 of their works. Explain how this person and their works changed or influenced society and why they are significant.


Non-traditional project: Students may turn in a non-tradition project that relates to their current major or desired career. Non-traditional projects must meet the project parameters listed at the top of page 1, but students may choose to present a project portfolio with examples, samples, graphics, etc… Projects must be related to this humanities class. Students are expected to make references to materials studied through this course. Any student choosing to complete a non-traditional project should schedule a meeting and/or email a project proposal. Failure to do so could result in failure. Examples, but not limited to: • Education: create a lesson plan relating to the age group and subject area you would like to teach. Humanities can be included in almost any class! Included national or state standards, assessment, technology, and special education modifications. • Engineering/Construction/Building: pretend that you have been selected as a part of a building committee for a new structure (of your choice, be creative). Create a portfolio of a description of the building, creative influences on the building, materials to be used, and design ideas (landscaping, exterior, and interior). • Archaeologist: research a dig or site relating to an area of interest. Describe what art, structures, and/or evidence of religion, music, and dance was found there; who led the dig; and the importance of the dig. Then write a grant proposal for to continue work in the same field as the one you researched.

Grading MLA format used for title page, paper format, page numbering, citations (including graphics, if needed), and works cited. Information was gathered from a variety of quality electronic and print sources, including appropriate licensed databases. Sources are relevant, balanced and include critical readings relating to the topic. Information is presented thoroughly in project, but also includes ideas, opinions, analysis, interpretation, and/or conclusions. Creativity and original thought is shown through writing.  Students will loose 2 points per MAJOR grammatical mistake and/or improper MLA citation. TOTAL

10 points 20 points 70 points 100 pts.

Helpful websites: MLA • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/ AWESOME website that tells you exactly how to set up your paper (margins, spacing, etc…) AND how to cite your sources. This website also has really good writing tips! • http://library.wustl.edu/subjects/art/imagecitation.html How to cite artwork • http://www.liu.edu/CWIS/CWP/library/workshop/citmla.htm How to cite sources. • http://citationmachine.net/index.php?reqstyleid= Citation machine Humanities • Art history resources http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html • University of Kentucky Humanities Resources http://www.uky.edu/Subject/humanities.html • Images of art and architecture http://www2.art.utah.edu:81/index.html • Architectural images http://www.mip.berkeley.edu/spiro/


Students are encouraged to ask for help if they cannot find adequate resources.

Project Sheet  

guidelines for traditional and non-tradiational projects

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