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The Grade 10 Integrated Project 2009:
Peoples in History
Ever since human beings settled down to grow their own food, their cultures have produced great achievements, great wars and destruction, and eventually their own decline or collapse.
These cultures have grown and risen, had golden ages of great achievement, and finally they may have declined or even collapsed, leaving behind such legacies as monuments, books, scientific and mathematical
discoveries, art, moral philosophies and religions. Sometimes they also left a trail of destruction and desolation, deserts and extinction.
As these cultures and empires are different from each other, so are the factors that led to their successes and failures. Historians study and analyze these factors, and there are a variety of theories as to why a People rise and fall. Factors may be economic, environmental, geographic, technological, social, cultural, scientific, or other.
For this integrated project, you and a partner will research one People and analyze its rise and fall.
A Snapshot of the Project
You will do a research project and submit it in a wiki format.
This is an overview of your project – includes timeline, maps, graphics
Written Report on the Rise of the People
Time Frame: Rise and “Golden Age” period
Written Report on the Decline of the People
Time Frame: “Golden Age” and decline period
You will be assisted and evaluated by a mentor, a teacher who will be assigned to the pair.
Grade 10 Assembly
Introduction to Project
Monday March 23rd
Topic Sign Up
at 3:10 pm
36 – 62
Thursday March 26th
at 3:40 pm
Wednesday Session – April 1st and April 22nd
Friday May 1st
- wiki will close at end of day.
(Students will do a preliminary post on Wednesday April 29th)
Peer Edit Day
Wednesday May 6th
- wiki will open for 4 more days
Monday May 11th
- wiki closes at 4:00 pm
Group Project Viewing Activity
Wednesday May 13th
mark will be incorporated into History, Science and English course marks
Effective use of class research time (Wednesday sessions + research periods)
Wednesday Activity – working with other teams’ projects
Logical & effective organization – all necessary info provided (Title with dates, headings, group members, mentor name)
Maps are accurate, precise, and demonstrate the changes through
time – longitude and latitude included
Timeline indicates important developments in the rise and decline
of the People
Relevant and effective visuals illustrate significant aspects of project
Proper citation included for all material
Introductory Page should have two links
The Rise of The People – the Early Years
The Decline of the People – the Later Years
- ( 500-750 words)
Introduction gets reader’s attention,
states thesis clearly
Ideas and information are accurate, complete and interesting
Specific historical references are given in support of thesis
Interpretation of research reveals insightful understanding of People’s Rise/Decline
Communication Skills – clearly written, easy to follow, paragraphs well structured and organized,
correct grammar and punctuation
Works Cited List/Bibliography – in MLA format, citations throughout the body of essay
Research Summary Pages
Presented in point appropriate form format – organized according to the 6 topic
Main ideas and points are accurate and significant
Notes demonstrate depth of research and understanding
to six graphics that highlight the strengths and weaknesses effectively
Sources for each topic properly cited and organized
The mark awarded for the project will be counted as part of the History, English and Science course
Detailed Instructions for the Project
Start your research with general encyclopedia-style sources to get an overview of your People. Then go on to more in-depth Internet sources and books, which will be helpful for in-depth information.
Keep notes of bibliographical information for all your sources, so you can later do your MLA style Works Cited List (bibliography).
Important: all information sources must be cited in the body of the research pages and in the essay.
There should also be a final bibliography page submitted with the essay.
As you begin your research you will find that for some People, there is a neat subdivision of rise/golden age/ fall. In this case it will be easy for you to subdivide the project into two parts. In other cases it will be more difficult, and the division will be rather the early years (beginning)/ the middle years, and middle years/ later years.
The research summary will be written in
. Include central ideas without extra words. For example:
The sentence “
in ancient China in the 12th century for entertainment purposes.
” should be changed to “- fireworks invented 12th century China for entertainment”
Topics for Research Summary – Choose
Section A -
Everyone will do ALL topics in Section A
Climate and Geographic Factors
Briefly describe the type of climate (range of temperatures, humidity, proximity to bodies of water etc) and the topology, (mountains, plains etc) of the location. If applicable describe any climatic and seismic factors that would have affected the People.
2. Events and Leaders:
Name the major events (wars, epidemics, etc.) and leaders, (i.e. kings, prophets, presidents, warriors, etc.) giving basic information, without much detail unless you think that this was a major determining factor.
Choose FOUR topics from Section B
Choose well – identify topics that are most significant for your People.
3. Socio-Political Structure
: The socio-political structure of the society should be described.
What form of government and society did the People have? What were the major social classes? How were different groups (such as males/females, ethnic or religious groups, aristocrats/commoners, etc.) in the society treated? You could include the some of the main social and/or religious values of the culture, if known.
Industrial and Artistic Technology
When describing industrial, artisanal (e.g. pottery) or art works of the People, include the methods used in obtaining materials (e.g. pigments for painting) and/or the production of the objects (e.g. heating metals and creating alloys. Contrasting past and present technologies will be useful.
Transportation and Weaponry
: When describing transportation and weaponry find out details such as the range and speed achieved by the technology. Also investigate the source of energy required to fuel the transportation/weaponry systems. You may want to include the physical principles of mechanisms or chemical formulae involved. Also, if applicable, describe the ocean currents and wind patterns that may have affected routes in commerce and war.
Agriculture and the Economy
Describe the methods used in agriculture. (Sometimes you will find information using the keyword ‘economy’.) Investigate what crops were grown, which animals were raised, how the animals were fed. Note that in some societies, you may be looking at hunting and/or gathering. Did the people live in a forested area and if yes, how did they use this resource? Did the people at this time introduce new organisms (plants, animals, bacteria, etc) into their environment and/or did they domesticate any plants or animals? How did all this affect the ecosystem.
What sources were used for energy? Were the energy sources renewable or not? Did the methods of extraction of the energy cause any environmental problems (eg., pollution)? Did the people live in a forested area and if yes, how did they use this resource? How sustainable was their lifestyle?
Plagues and Diseases
If a plague or disease was important in the history of your group of peoples, describe the cause or causes and the consequences and cures (if any) of the plagues as understood at the time, and as understood now. Relate the spread of the plague to the way of life of your group of peoples. Focus on issues such as population density, general hygiene, waste disposal and burial customs that could have influenced the spread of the plague.
Art, Literature and Music
Describe what is known about this People’s art, literature, music, architecture, etc. Describe the cultural and technical aspects of artistic production. How does this area reflect the culture’s religious and social values?
Science and Mathematical Contributions
Were there any major scientific or mathematical contributions? If yes, describe their knowledge, discovery or invention. How did these discoveries influence your Peoples?
Include four to six illustrations to highlight the achievements and failures of this Peoples, or the legacy of this group of peoples. (e.g. architecture, artifacts, art, literature, etc.). All illustrations must have a proper reference
including title and a caption
written by the student.
You may include these illustrations on separate pages in the wiki or arrange them one after another on the same page.
Citations and Bibliography
You must include citations
in the body of your essay and research summary
All research sources must be included in the final Bibliography page.
You should use the encyclopedia as well as Internet sources and books. The citations should be in MLA style. You will be given more information on this in your library research periods. Also, refer to the school library website under Research Tools for formats, etc.
School library URL:
Essay (500-750 words)
write a five-paragraph essay that explores the following central question:
What are the most significant lessons that our world today can learn from the rise/fall of the group of peoples you are studying?
support your opinion/conclusions with evidence from your research summary section.
Working either by yourself or with your partner create a
, which is your opinion on the central question.
Create three supporting arguments (topic sentences) and back each with evidence from the information that you gathered. You should take risks and give your opinion, based on what you have found.
These supporting arguments should not focus on the facts but rather on an analysis of the factors contributing to the group of people's rise, fall, and Golden Age. Focus on
things happened the way they did, and then speculate on what we can learn from their successes and mistakes.
Suggested questions for analyzing your period/group of peoples:
Why was the People so successful? What factors made it decline or collapse in the end?
How are they similar/different to what you see in our world today?
What forces/factors contributed to: a) the creation or rise of this group of peoples or nation? b) This group of people's prosperity and peak? c) The end of this People’s Golden Age?
Are there lessons to be learned for us today?
What forces/factors facilitated or drove the People, and what forces or events hindered their success?
Are there similar forces/factors acting on us today?
What legacy did the period you are referring to leave for the future of the People and to other future People?
How will our legacy be similar/different?
How would you evaluate the ecological footprint (effect on the ecosystem) of this People?
Are we leaving similar/different footprints?
, write a five-paragraph essay (500-750 words). It must have the following components to be considered complete:
a 100-word introductory paragraph that states your main arguments and ends with
your underlined thesis statement
three 100- to 200-word supporting paragraphs with clear topic sentences, transitions, and evidence, complete with citations; and,
a 50- to 100-word conclusion that re-emphasizes your thesis statement but does not introduce any new information and includes a clincher or comments on the overall significance of your thesis.
Possible Peoples to study
Khmer ( Cambodia)
Ming Dynasty: China
Mongols and the Mongolian Empire
Nara & Heian Japan
Tang Dynasty China
Vedic Era, Rig-Veda India
Indus Valley: Harappan
Qing (Manchu) Dynasty China
Shang Dynasty China
Gupta Empire India
Central and South America
Inca Empire (pre-Columbus)
Norte Chico (Caral civilization)
Russia: From the birth to the fall of the Tsars
Mycenaean (Helladic) Greece
Charlemagne and the 8th Century Renaissance
Hellenic (Classical) Greece
Oceania (Pacific Area)
Northern Africa and Middle East
Hellenistic Culture: The Empire after Alexander
Hebrew/ The Israelites
Abbasid Caliphate: Medieval Islam
Ummayad Caliphate: Medieval Islam
Viking colony at Greenland
Iroquois Six Nations Confederacy
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