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Temporal Journey via the Renaissance

Tenth Grade Coached Project, Fall 2011


Essential Questions:

  1. What distinguishes one period of history from another?
  2. Why do people study history?
  3. What is the role and impact of religion in society?
  4. What is the role and impact of art in society?
  5. How does technology influence society?
  6. What is the interaction between language and innovation/change?
  7. What does it mean to be a citizen (member of a society)?  How does who you are affect your life?
  8. What would life be like without geometry?
  9. Why do humans employ hierarchical structures?

Project Dates:

September 30, 2011: 

         Kick-off the project with A Knight’s Tale in the Trinity Room (writing assignment to accompany movie)

September 30-October 20:

         Decide upon a topic/personage and sign up with Mr. Stair

         Agree upon group members

         Decide what each member’s role will be within the groups

         Consider resources that might take some time to obtain (i.e. wood for construction, costumes, etc) & plan how to get those resources

         Conference with teachers about project possibilities

October 5, 2011:

         A Knight’s Tale Questions due to Mr. Stair by 8:10 AM

October 10, 2011: 

         Renaissance Faire Field Trip (not required, but it’ll be fun!!)

October 21, 2011: 

         Project Proposal due to Mr. Stair by 8:10 AM (one per person)

         10th Grade teacher liaison will be determined based on your choice of project

November 7 & 8:  Work Days


         Determine your presentation mode

         Agree upon each group member’s SPECIFIC responsibilities

         Determine your needs/resources, and a plan to procure them

         Utilize the computer lab, the library, the classrooms, Mr. Stair’s tools, and the advice of your teachers to create your project

November 17th:  

         Check-in meeting with Liaison

         Computer-Generated Annotated MLA Works Cited List due to your 10th Grade Teacher Liaison

November 22nd: 

         Formal presentations during 6th & 7th periods to 10th Grade Teacher Liaison and other 10th grade students

November 23rd: 

         The 10th Grade Renaissance Faire in the gym—invite your family!

November 28th:

         Post-Project Written Reflection Due to Ms HB by 8:10 via email or  hard copy


Group Size:

                It would be unwise to have groups larger than four people, as the information will likely get too watered down, and it would not be possible for all members to work up to full capacity.


Annotated MLA Works Cited Sheet:

This is a list of your sources with a short description of the information that you are using from that source in your presentation.  Use the sheet provided to complete this activity or download this sheet (easier to edit!) at Ms HB’s website.


Formal Presentation (See Presentation Rubric and Historical Content Rubric):

         Three-minute presentation on November 22, 2011 in your Teacher Liaison’s room

         You may choose to utilize PowerPoint, poster, or other appropriate mode of presentation

         You and your group members must cover the following in your presentation:

o   The historical importance of your person/topic

o   Connection between your person/topic and Classical epoch

o   (Brief) connection between your person/topic and modern day

o   How your topic/person is an example of the Renaissance


Renaissance Faire (See Life Skills (Civic/Social) Rubric and Presentation Rubric):

We will be in character on November 23, 2011, interacting with one another, and showing off our knowledge to visitors who happen upon our little village.

Other students, parents, faculty, or outside visitors may interview you about your character/topics.  Below are the questions you might be asked, so you should be prepared to answer them in character.

1.        What do you do for work?

2.        Where are you from?

3.        Tell me about your family.

4.        What should I know about you?

5.        Do you want to marry or have you ever been married?

6.        What do you do for fun?

7.        What are you most proud about?

8.        Is religion important to you?

9.        Do you follow politics?

10.     Which is the last book you read?

11.     Do you believe a cup is half empty or half full? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

12.     What adjective would a close friend use to describe you?

13.     Who is your favorite celebrity and why?


Post-Project Renaissance Reflection (see Post-Project Reflection Rubric):

This is your chance to reflect about your learning.  Show off your new, amazing knowledge; tell the teachers about your challenges, your victories, and lingering questions.  Make connections to the real world.

Renaissance Faire Possible Topics/Historical People
acrobats (Commedia dell'arte) Midwife
Alchemy Mime 
Anatomy Minstrel
Anne Boleyn music
Aphra Behn Nostradamus
apothercary palm reading
archery Philosophical Treatises
astrology Pirates--Francis Drake & Hawkins
Astronomy Pope Urban II
Black Plague Protestant Reformation in Europe
Blacksmithing punishment in Ren society--stockade
Catherine de Medici Queen Elizabeth I  
Christine de Pizan Queen Isabella of Spain
Class structure Queen Mary of Scots
Court Jester Rafael
Crime & Punishment Rationalism
Da Vinci vs. Michelangelo Renaissance Chef
Dance Renaissance Fashion
Dante's Inferno Renaissance Physician
flamenco/gypsy dancers Richard the Lionhearted
fortune tellers/gypsy camps Shakespeare
Henry VIII St. Teresa de Avila
Humanism swordfighting demonstration
Inquisition tarot cards
Isaac Newton Tetzel-Indulgences
Isabella D'Este trebuchet
Joan of Arc Trial of Martin Luther
Joan of Arc on Trial utopia / Sir Thomas More
Jousting William Harvey (medicine/dissection/ circulatory system)
Knights witch trials (in CT?)
Law & Literature Witchcraft
Martin Luther & Erasmus letters Women's Changing Role in Society
life of Catherine Howard
Martin Luther
Martin Luther's trial

Presentation Rubric: Temporal Journey
CATEGORY Exemplary Acceptable Limited Deficient
Preparedness Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed. Student seems pretty prepared but might have needed a couple more rehearsals.  Some stumbles or pauses during presentation.   Student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking.  Student stumbles/ pauses multiple times  Student does not seem at all prepared to present.  
Performance Understands role & situation exceptionally well.  Thoroughly incorporates research.  Understands role & situation. Incorporates some research, but content could show more depth.  Understands situation, but role is unclear or confusing.  Little research is incorporated.   Unclear of both situation and role.  Very little if any research is incorporated.  
Listens to Other Presentations Listens intently. Does not make distracting noises or movements.   Listens intently but has one distracting noise or movement. Sometimes does not appear to be listening but is not distracting. Sometimes does not appear to be listening and has distracting noises or movements.
Speaks Clearly Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words.  Students does not use awkward pauses, such as "umm" or "like" Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces one word.  Student uses a couple of awkward pauses.   Speaks clearly and distinctly most ( 94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word.  Student is slightly mumbling, repeatedly pausing, or monotone.   Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.
Uses Complete Sentences Always speaks in complete sentences. Mostly speaks in complete sentences. Sometimes speaks in complete sentences. Rarely speaks in complete sentences.
Posture/Body Language and Eye Contact Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Movements and gestures are fluid and help audience visualize content.  Body language demonstrates strong, postive feeling about the role/content.  Establishes eye contact with audience Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone present.  Occasionally displays enthusiasm or postive feeling towards role/content.  Sometimes stands up straight and establishes some eye contact OR constantly looks at notes or at feet OR Body language gives impression that student is  unenthusiastic or apathetic about role/content Slouches and/or does not look at audience during the presentation; body language gives impression that student is  unenthusiastic or apathetic about role/content
Volume Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members throughout the presentation. Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 90% of the time. Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 80% of the time. Volume often too soft to be heard by all audience members.

Historical Knowledge Rubric : Temporal Journey
CATEGORY Exemplary Acceptable Limited Deficient
Content - Accuracy                                                                              X 5 All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors. (20) Most of the content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate.(15) The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate.(10) Content is typically confusing or contains more than one factual error. (5)
Understanding of Task/Topic Rephrases project description in own words and can describe objectives of project relative to outcomes Student rephrases project description in own words Student repeats task as defined by project description Student cannot discuss project or task.
Research                        X 3 Appropriate, well-documented sources (5+ sources); MLA Works Cited sheet submitted to 10th grade team; shows in-depth research (12) Adequate sources (4); MLA Works Cited Sheet submitted to 10th grade team; shows thoughtful research (9) Minimal sources (2-3);  Incomplete; insufficient research; inaccurate details; MLA format absent or incorrect (3)
MLA Works Cited Sheet is not submitted to 10th grade team; demonstrated research is limited (6)

Temporal Journey - Life Skills Rubric
CATEGORY Exemplary Acceptable Limited Deficient
Group Dynamics All members are significantly involved. Most members are involved. Not all members are equally involved. One person does most of the work.
Usage of Time X 3 Class time is always used wisely and efficaciously (12) Minimal redirection needed AND class time is mostly used wisely and efficaciously (9) Redirection needed often OR Class time is sometimes used wisely (6) Teacher(s) has(/have) to redirect excessively; class time is not used wisely (3)
Deadlines                X 2 Meets all deadlines on time set for the project. (8) Meets most of the deadlines set for the project. (6) Meets some deadlines set for the project. (4) Meets few to no deadlines set for the project. (2)