Rubric Daily Life Illustrated Journal
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Ancient Egypt - Illustrated Journal Rubric Imagine that you are a spy from the Hittite Empire, powerful rival of ancient Egypt in 1350 B.C.E., who has spent several months spying on the Egyptians to learn about Egyptian daily life. You want to record and describe your most remarkable observations and experiences to your king or queen to help them decide whether or not to try to conquer Egypt.
Guidelines for Creating an Illustrated Journal About Ancient Egyptian Daily Life Use the ideas you recorded on Student Handout Notes and Sketches to create an illustrated journal describing Egyptian daily life. Follow these guidelines and rubric: 1. Give your journal an appropriate title. Be original, be creative! 2. Write your journal for your king, queen, and fellow Hittites, who are interested in conquering Egypt and want to know more about Egyptian daily life. Though you are writing for others, be sure to write in first person. 3. In the journal’s first entry, describe who you are (name, age, occupation, how do you plan to infiltrate Egyptian society, and so on….) and why you are keeping a journal. This entry should also include one of the topics noted in Number 5 below. 4. Include at least six other entries in your journal spanning several months. Date each entry, and describe your thoughts, feelings, observations, and actions for the day. These entries should be between ½ page (about 200 words) and 1 full page (about 400 words). 5. Include vivid and accurate references to at least seven of these topics:
adorning the body crafts and trade food and drink medicine religious beliefs warfare
burial practices domestic life housing music and dance social classes writing and education
6. Journal entries should clearly describe both the particular aspects of Egyptian daily life and how and where you learned about them. Use your creativity and imagination to explain how you learned about the particular aspect (s) of Egyptian daily life. For example, an entry might begin, “Today while standing in the marketplace, I saw a group
of Egyptian soldiers ride by on their chariots. To learn more about the power of the Egyptian army, I decided to follow the soldiers back to their encampment.” 7. Illustrate each of your entries with simple hand-made drawings. 8. Make your journal appropriate in length and style. Remember to peer edit your rough draft. Type or write your final draft neatly in ink. 9. Be creative! 10. Due Date – Monday, March 5 (this is a flexible date – depending on how classroom coverage of materials)
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Illustrated Journal Rubric Possible
Title is appropriate, original and creative. At least 7 entries, each one on a distinct topic, each is appropriately dated and organized
Content: Historical Accuracy
10- Descriptions of daily life and all other information is clear, concise and historically accurate. Creative methods or stories are included for discovering about the topics. 7- Descriptions of daily life and other information is clear and historically accurate. There is an attempt at creative methods or stories for discovering about some of the topics, but these may not be concise or clear. 4 - Not all descriptions of daily life or other information is clear and/or historically accurate. Information is just presented, there has been little to no attempt to creatively include these discoveries in the journal entries.
5- Extremely clear, visual and accurate, I chose the right words for the right places. My words are colorful, snappy, vital, brisk and fresh. You won’t find overdone, repetitive, or dead words or flowery language. Look at my energetic verbs. 3- Correct but not striking. The words get the message across but don’t capture the reader’s attention. I used everyday words but did not stretch much for new and better ways to say things. My words aren’t specific. I need better details. 1 -Confusing or unclear. The reader is often asking, ‘What did s/he mean by this?’ A lot of words and phrases are vague. I used the same words over and over again.
5- The sentences in my writing are varied, natural, and delightful to read out loud. Some are long and stretchy. Some are short and snappy. It’s easy to read my paper out loud. I love the sound of it. Sentence beginnings vary. Excess baggage or fluff has been cut. 3- Some sentences in my writing are varied, natural, and enjoyable to read out loud. It’s easy to read my paper out loud, though I may have used the same type of sentence too much. Some sentence beginnings vary. 1 -Sentences in my writing are not varied. There are too many short, choppy sentences or long, wordy, run-on or rambling sentences. Beginnings do not vary.
5- Really individual and powerful. My paper has personality and sounds different from the way anyone else writes. I have put my personal stamp on this. It’s me. My writing is full of feelings. No one else sounds like this. 3- This has my flavor, though some of it is common. My feelings aren’t unique. 1 - My writing style isn’t my own. It’s been done over and over again.
5 Mostly correct. There are very few errors in my brochure. Spelling is accurate; capitals used correctly; punctuation marks are correct; grammar is consistent. 3 About halfway there. A number of bothersome mistakes need cleaning up. A few simple/common mistakes have been overlooked. Problems in punctuation. 1 Editing is not under control yet. It would take more than one reading to get the message. Spelling errors are common. Capital letters are scattered all over, or not used at all. Punctuation is limited or overused and makes reading this paper difficult. I haven’t spent time editing this paper.
A 5 would include all of the following; 3 would include some; 1 is beginning for most. The form and presentation of the text & illustrations shows off my understanding of the information. It is creative and pleasing to the eye. If handwritten, letters are clear, spacing is uniform and text is easy to read. It has been written in pen. If word-processed, there is appropriate use of fonts and sizes which invite the reader into the text. Fonts for text are clear and easy to read. The use of space allows the reader to easily focus on the message without distractions. Use of a title, page numbering, bullets, and Sources Cited page. The illustrations and other graphics are organized and effective.
Drawings are carefully done, show effort and visually represent the topics presented.