Project #15644 - cultural activity paper

Directions:

In this assignment, you are asked to participate in, review, and critique a cultural activity that has been chosen by yourself specifically for this course and this assignment. Cultural activities that you have experienced in the past prior to this course may be referenced or alluded to but will not be accepted as a legitimate main activity for this assignment. Write a reflection paper on your learning and observations. Organize your thoughts into a minimum 1,200 word paper. Relate the activity to at least one period covered in the course. Make sure you address each of the items on the scoring guide. Submit your paper by the end of Learning Plan 8 or as directed by your instructor.

Examples of cultural activities include: Museum trips, Period Plays, Ballet, Orchestra (possibly relating to a famous composer), International Film, Virtual Field Trip, Literature, Music, Religious Services, Documentary Films (television or video), or other activities that may be suggested or approved by your instructor. Be sure that your paper includes a complete description of the activity that you chose, what period it relates to, how it compares with work from other periods, a brief statement on why you chose this activity, and a complete critique. The paper must FULLY address each of the 14 Grading Criteria points or it will fail.

Additional information and tips for handling this assignment:

The biggest tip and most important tip I have is to follow the Grading Criteria like they are the most important words you will ever utter in regard to this assignment. Follow the Grading Criteria like nothing else matters in this assignment. If you do not follow and address each of the criteria items, then you might as well not do the assignment at all. If you do not follow the criteria, you might as well not submit anything else for this class – it is that important to the biggest part of your grade for the class. The course designers were very “tricky” when it comes to writing out the requirements. And instructors are required to grade based on the Criteria. For example, one of the requirements is “Student discussed the enjoyment of the assignment.” Most students assume or interpret the meaning for this was “Did the student enjoy going to the museum?” But there is already another criterion that says “Student discussed their enjoyment of the activity.” Note the difference of the two words. One means you have discussed if you liked going to that particular museum/activity. The other means you have to discuss whether you liked having to go to do an activity and write a paper on it. See what I mean? Tricky. You have to be vigilant. Or, you can just follow my interpretation of the Criteria, listed at the end of this email. I’m the one who grades the papers, so you will want to strictly follow how I interpret the requirements. And yes, that word is r-e-q-u-i-r-e-m-e-n-t-s. Each and every line item is required, or your time writing the first attempt will be wasted and you will not pass the first time around and will have to take the time to resubmit.

 Remember, you can always visit almost any of the virtual museums listed on www.googleartproject.com if you do not have any cultural events in your area. You can also rent/watch/stream documentary movies and do your report on that too as long as the films are related to the cultures and time periods we studied in this course.

After you get back home from your activity, do some research on the side on things that interested you but you felt weren’t explained by the visit/activity. Or do research on something that really excited or bored or angered or provoked any strong emotions in you, so you can find out more about why it compelled or repelled you. It is best if you do the research while the event is still fresh in your mind. Be sure to take notes on the research, or print out the most important parts and highlight key paragraphs or sentences. Also bookmark or add the research websites to add to your list of sources.

Before you get started, be sure to go to the Lesson Plan 8 link on the left side of your screen to read the questions that should be addressed with this paper. That will give you a good start. Otherwise, to save you the navigation time, here is the list of criteria (in bold and italic, listed as posted in the Course Information) with my explanation of the criteria and how I grade according to the specific criteria point following in regular text:

Criteria (expectations and requirements for the assignment as written by the course designers in bold)and my explanations of the criteria and how I interpret and grade them is in regular font after the school’s criteria:

1. Cultural activity chosen was unique to and chosen for this course. You made a concerted effort to go to an activity just for this course and are not just using a visit that you did in the past as your cultural activity. For example, a student would be docked points if they went to the Renaissance fair two years ago and decided to use that as their activity instead of going again just for this class.

2. Cultural activity fit within the given examples or was approved by instructor. You went to a play, museum that covers the era and cultures we studied, a poetry reading –or­—you got written permission from me via email to proceed with your chosen activity.

3. Review included date, time, and place the activity occurred. Note the date and time you completed the activity. If you did a virtual tour, note the time and day you took the tour online and note that the tour was online. If you watched a movie or documentary show, include date/time and also the format, like, "I watched this on DVD/streamed it from the internet."

4. Review included details of the activities events or progression. Explain how you experienced the activity. Include your thoughts/feelings/senses (sights, sounds, smells, etc), what you saw and how you saw it. If you are doing a museum visit, note specific artworks with title, medium, artist, and date and describe the specific pieces.

5. Review compares and contrasts the activity to similar activities from other eras studied in this course. Add in some information from other cultures we studied - maybe note the clothing styles, building architecture/interiors, technology, or aspects of the daily life of your activity in relation to what you learned about the other cultures we studied. If doing art, compare the art you saw in relation to the art we learned about in class.

6. Review provides insight into the historical significance of the event. Where does this event/activity fit into history? Note the era and culture the activity is referencing, what era and cultures the event may have been inspired by, and also what impact the culture had on future eras.

7. Review includes student’s reasons for choosing the activity. Why did you pick this specific activity? Was it the only one in town? Were you interested in it? What caught your eye about the activity?

8. Review presents a realistic picture of student’s understanding of the activity prior to participating. What did you know about your specific activity/event before you went? What did you know about similar events? (For example, if you went to a museum, what is your experience with museums, how many have you visited before, and what have you heard about them? What did you know about the culture of the event before you attended (ie: Egyptian culture if your activity is having to do with Egyptians)? What did you know about the time period the event was set in?

9.Review describes student’s understanding of the activity after participating. This one really is based on how you described the activity and how you addressed all of these questions. Nothing additional needs to be added for this one.

10.Critique discusses what value the activity holds for those who attend. What do you think other students/people could learn about culture and humanity by attending this particular event/activity?

11. Critique discusses the enjoyment or dislike of the activity by the student. Did you like being asked to do an actual "activity" or going to a cultural event beforehand when you first heard of the assignment?

12. Critique explains why the activity was liked or disliked by the student. How did you feel about the experience of going to the activity after viewing/visiting? How did you feel about having to go to a "cultural activity/event" after you actually did it?

13. Paper was a minimum of 1,200 words. Check the word count on your word processing software. Points will be significantly reduced if the word count is less than 1200.

14. Paper is free from grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing errors. Do a spelling and grammar check on your word processing software, then read through it a few times to check for anything the spelling and grammar check may have missed. Have someone you know look through it for errors to see anything you may have missed.

It is extremely important that these requirements are met! Most students just jump in and write the paper like it is a regular term paper, and those students fail. It can be the best written paper that you have ever written and you can still fail if you did not answer to the above points.

Sources are required! Your paper will not be graded if sources are not included.

Every term, only approximately 20- 30% of students turn in this paper. Of those that turn the assignments in, 10% of students receive a passing grade on this assignment initially. These are abysmal numbers so make sure you are not a casualty of a horribly impacted grade by not following the criteria and by not turning it in on time.

This paper is worth more than 20% of your grade. That means that you can do a fairly good job in this course, but if you are currently sitting at a grade of a B, your grade can drop to a C or even a D if you do not turn in this assignment or if you turn in a lackluster paper that does not fit the criteria. I cannot stress enough how important it is to complete this assignment correctly and on time. If you are one week late, the deduction is 14 points. If your assignment is 8 to 14 days late, the deduction is 70 points – and these deductions are only the beginning as there are additional deductions for not completing the assignment correctly. Every criterion above is worth 10 points so pay attention closely to them as those lost points add up quickly. Additionally, if a paper does not meet the 1200 word requirement, there is a deduction of 10 points for every 100 words missing from the assignment. For example, if you turn in a paper with only 800 words, the deduction would be an additional 40 points

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