Written Assignment 2
Please follow these instructions to the letter to create an accurate written assignment.
Application of Historical Research:
For this assignment, you are going to apply some of the ideas, facts, and research skills you have built over the course of the semester to assessing history outside of the classroom. This is a chance for you to see how those skills and methods apply to real world situations.
This assignment will require you to use your knowledge of the different civilization we have discussed and apply them to understanding the art created in the places and times covered by this class. You will write a paper, organized with an introduction, paragraphs that seamlessly answer the following questions, and a conclusion brining all of your thoughts together, and citations. You will investigate your local museums to see what collections they have. If, by chance, you are not able to gain access to a museum, look at the alternative instructions listed below. When you are investigating your museums, look at the types of collections that they contain. The ultimate goal is to find artwork that applies to civilizations covered in the scope of the class; this includes Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, Japan, Africa, the New World indigenous civilizations, or Europe before the Renaissance. Go to the museum and pick a piece of artwork that you feel informs you about that civilization. When you have done that, answer the following questions.
-What civilization does this art represent?
-What is the title of the piece?
-Who is the artist (if possible)?
-How was the piece created? What is the medium?
-Why did you choose this piece?
After returning home you will do further research on the piece, looking at the history behind it and the symbolism contained within it. Answer the following questions:
-Why was the piece created?
-What symbols are contained within the piece that give you an idea about the artist and the time and place the work was made?
-What is the background of the piece?
-How does this work inform you about the social norms and mores in this place and period?
-Why are the artistic representations of a place and time a good source for understanding the people, customs, and beliefs of a civilization?
Alternative Assignment Instructions:
If you do not have access to a well-stocked art museum, you do have the option to use an online collection. Several museums have created virtual tours of their collections. Follow the same instructions as above but using a virtual museum instead.
Purpose of the Assignment:
This assignment is designed to give you an interdisciplinary approach to understanding history. People produced much more than written documents throughout history. Humans have long created art, even before they developed into civilizations. Artistic representations reflect the beliefs, customs, norms, mores, and social structures of people, though sometimes it takes time to understand what is being conveyed by a piece of art. By looking closely, we get a visual representation of the people and societies that existed in the past. By studying the visual remnants of the past, it also gives students the opportunity to tap into different learning styles and concepts.
You want to create a well-researched analysis of art. You should do good background research which includes avoiding websites such as Wikipedia, About.com, encyclopedias, and other sources not rigorous enough for college-level research. You will create a paper that is not simply answering the questions but that provides insight into the different topics and your interpretation of the piece you are investigating. Essays should not simply restate the question and provide a short answer but use your writing skills to use the questions as a guide for each paragraph, but don’t number them.
To Create a Successful Paper:
Technical and Formatting Requirements:
These guidelines must be followed completely in order for a paper to be complete. A Short Paper Assignment allows you, early in the course, to demonstrate your research skills to your instructor and to receive feedback that will benefit you when you write your research paper. With this assignment, you will learn how to do proper and adequate research and write a short paper and prepare you for writing a research paper.
This short paper is at least three double-spaced pages of text (Times New Roman, font size 12) and you must consult a minimum of two academically credible sources. Bibliographies and citations will be in the Chicago Manual of Style format.
The short paper needs to be turned in through the assignment section for grading. If you use any of the information from your sources word-for-word, you must cite the source by using endnotes or footnotes. If you read the information and write it in your own words and it is not common knowledge, then you must cite the source because you are paraphrasing someone’s information.
The short paper must include a cover page with your name, course number and course title, instructor’s name, and date. You must also include a bibliography at the end of your paper. While composing your paper, use proper English. Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/ second person (I, you, we, our, etc). Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper. Please label your paper as follows: lastnamefirstnameHIST111ShortPaper.
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