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6th Grade: Ancient Rome: Project Guidelines

Databases, websites, and project guidelines.

image source: Britannica

Your Project

As part of our study of Ancient Rome, you will be giving a 2-3 minute oral presentation, supported by a slideshow, to the class about one aspect of Roman culture that you research using at least 5 CAR sources. 

Once you have chosen a topic; the next step is to narrow down your topic to 3-5 specific sub-topics or questions you will be trying to answer in your final presentation. Then you will:

  • RESEARCH your sub-topics using CAR websites, online library databases and encyclopedias, and ebooks or the course packet.
  • TAKE NOTES independently on your sub-topics in our class notes template.
  • HIGHLIGHT information from your notes that you will include in your slide presentation.
  • Complete your SLIDES and TALKING POINTS for your presentation.

You will be graded on your research, your notes, and the organization, spoken presentation, and visual components of your slideshow. 

We will review these notes together as we begin each phase. It should take us about 2 weeks to complete this project – we will review due dates as we move forward.

Grade and Rubric Information

You will receive a maximum of 5 points for each of the following elements: research, note-taking, organization, visual presentation and lastly, spoken presentation of your oral report for a total score of 25. 

Project Guidelines

Your presentation should be accompanied by 10 slides. Remember to use fonts, wallpaper and other features that will best help convey your information to your classmates as clearly as possible. Font or wallpaper that is hard to read or detracts from the clarity of the information on each slide should not be used and will result in points being taken off your grade in this area. Your slides should include at least 6 visuals (photos, maps, graphs, etc.) and text in bullet points (not full sentences). You want to avoid a presentation in which you just read your slides! 

You should organize your notes according to resource as well as sub- topic. For example, notes from each new resource might be started using a new note sheet on which you record the website name or article’s author at the top of the page. Each note sheet should also have a date and your name written on it. Note sheets should be written neatly so that I can read them or you may type them in our notes template form online. 

The information you record should also be organized as much as possible according to its main idea and sub-topic area; these should be written on the left hand side of your page in the Big Idea column. Information and details about each Big Idea are written on the right hand side of the page in the Details column. For example, if you are researching Roman pottery and you find information on how it was made, you would write Roman Pottery first under Big Ideas, and then the sub-topic underneath (how it is made) before recording the details on the right hand side of your sheet.

Once you have completed your notes you will read through them again highlighting the information you want to include in your slideshow. The point of this part of your assignment is to organize your notes into categories, with related material “grouped” together. For example, if “Famous Emperors” is your topic, you might want to find all the information about a particular emperor (Julius Caesar) and mark it one color in order to remember that this is info you will include on your “Caesar” slide. Remember, not every detail in your notes will be useful to include in your slideshow.

Based on this information you will decide on what categories/headings to include in your slides and the order in which you want to present your material. For example, it makes sense to discuss common Roman crops before describing the typical dishes served at a Roman dinner party.

Before you hand in your final project you should proofread your slides to check your spelling, punctuation and capitalization.