carefully. Write a three to four
(3-4) page paper (750-1,000 words) that responds to each of the items described
in the topic.
Note: Your instructor may require you to submit your topic
choice for approval before the end of Week 5.
For the topic you choose:
Support your ideas with specific,
illustrative examples. If there are questions or points associated with
your chosen topic, be sure to answer all of the listed questions and address
all of the items in that topic. If your topic requires you to do several things
related to the topic, be sure to do each of the things listed.
While some of the topics tend to
lend themselves toward particular writing genres, you are not restricted to the
specific format suggested for the individual topic. For example, you
may do an “interview,” a “proposal,” a “letter,” a “short story,” a “blog,”
an “essay,” an “article,” or any other written genre for almost any of the
topics. The project is intended to be fun as well as informative, so feel free
to be creative with the delivery of your information.
Use at least three (3) good quality
academic sources with one (1) source being the class text. Note: Wikipedia
and other similar Websites do not quality as academic resources. You are highly
encouraged to use the Resource Center tab at the top of your Blackboard page.
Topic choices (pick 1):
Journal. The Renaissance artists Titian, Rembrandt, and Durer have
each painted self-portraits. Imagine yourself as one of these artists (or
another artist of your choice that has painted a self-portrait) and write
a journal expressing your thoughts on “your” art (in other words, the
journal entries the artist would probably write.) (1) Explain “your”
primary reason for painting a self-portrait. (2) Describe “your” artistic
choices in composition: use of color, space, etc. (3) Explain what the
portrait represents about “you” (as the artist.) (4) Explain “your”
choices of subject with regard to at least three other specific pieces
“you” have painted.
- Ladies & Gentlemen. Survey & Report. Some may believe that
being “gentleman” or a “lady” in today’s society is an outdated notion,
but others may disagree. (1) Briefly summarize the main characteristics of
a well-rounded person, “l’uomo universal,” referring to specific sections
within the excerpt from The Courtier which identifies these
characteristics. (2) Create a “survey” based on the identified
characteristics and “poll” at least ten people to find out whether or not
the characteristics are relevant for a “gentleman” or “lady” of today. (3)
Tabulate and discuss the responses in terms of gender, age, vocation, etc.
of your survey participants, making note of any interesting or surprising
results which show up in your poll answers. (4) Finally, explain whether
or not you agree with the characteristics expressed by Castiglione in The
Experience. Letter. Imagine yourself as one of the figures
in the battle depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry; in a letter home,
you describe your experience to your family. (1) Write a first-person
account of this historical event from the perspective of one of the
figures in tapestry. (2) Use your senses to describe your impression of
the event. (3) Describe specific elements of the scene such as uniforms,
weaponry, fighting styles, etc. (4) Explain why you believe your side was
justified in participating in the battle and how you would like the battle
to be remembered.
- Ancient Emperors. Deathbed Memoir. Pretend you are one of the emperors we have studied,
such as Shihuangdi, Constantine, Ashoka, or Charlemagne. You are on your
deathbed and want to write a brief account of your life. As you look back
over your life, what do you consider your greatest accomplishments in 1)
politics, 2) art / architecture, and 3) religion, philosophy or
intellectual life? Finally (4), describe and explain anything you have
done for which you fear history will judge you harshly, or present the
proudest aspects of your legacy.
- Other topic choice recommended and approved by
the professor and supported by the grading rubric.
The Project Paper will be graded on:
- The level to which the instructions were followed.
- The extent to which all four (4) parts in the topic
- The adequacy of information, examples, and details
which support the general claim or main idea.
- The relevance of the explanations and descriptions.
- The inclusion of three (3) required references (two
additional sources besides your textbook) documented using APA style.
- Adherence to standard rules of grammar, punctuation,