Name of our Empire/ Country by X and Y

Map during the time period.

Economic Backdrop

This section should contain a paragraph that summarizes the economics of the region. Information should be drawn from the textbook, but should represent your interpretation of the material. Included should be key commodities, trading partners and industries. This should be a summary of what you have already learned.

Political Backdrop

This section should contain a paragraph that summarizes the politic of the region. Information should be drawn from the textbook, but should represent your interpretation of the material. Included should be the name of the dynasty, a mention of significant (successful) leaders, and a discussion of key political policies or administrative structures. This should be a summary of what you have already learned.


Timetoast allows you to create a timeline and then embed it. You have to set up an account. For your timeline you might want to select three or four key political or economic dates and three or four major dates that illustrate cultural, religious or architectural trends. The objective is to give the reader a quick visual snap-shot of the reading.

Aspects of Culture

Social Backdrop

This section should contain information on social hierarchies, gender roles, urban life, rural life, population statistics, conceptions of childhood, citizenship, etc. Information might be drawn from the textbook, but should represent your interpretation of the material (not a copy). Information can also be drawn from your research. You will need to select the aspects you think are most important and omit the ones you think are less relevant. In the past, folks have made charts. (You can make the diagram in Google Drive and embed it if you would like to.)


This section will describe the educational system. Who is educated? What do they study? Is there a universal exam system?

Artistic Innovation

Identify artistic motifs, techniques and themes popular in your region. Examples and explanations should explain what makes the art of your region unique.

There should be at least three examples presented each with a short explanation (by you.)

For this section you must have a minimum of six examples of art. They should be drawn from ARTSTOR
Tabor has an Artstor account. You should establish your own personal account while you are on-campus. This will allow you to save your searches and create powerpoints.

Be sure to caption your pictures with the title, artist and location of the object.

Classic literary texts

This section will provide selections of the classic literature. The selections should be chosen to ensure that they highlight ideas and themes.

You can embed a selection from google books using the widget. If you can find an original manuscript example... all the better.


This section will describe the religion. Pay attention to the art and architecture sections. If you plan to use a religious structure as an example, be sure to describe the religious tradition for which the building was built. It is also possible to use an analysis of the building to teach about theology. You may wish to add a bit more art here to illustrate your points.


This section should provide examples of monumental architecture of the region. You can also look for examples of urban culture. There should be at least three pictures or diagram included in this section. Each should be explained (by you.)

Observations about what we have learned.

This section should provide a paragraph length personal reflection about what you have learned about the culture and or the art of internet-based research.

Resources to try:

Hayden Library Portal You can also find this link by going to Podium and finding the Hayden Library Link on the right side of the page.
ARTSTOR - a GIANT repository of examples of art: searchable by time, location, and type. Note that most of them have descriptions which are helpful for composing summaries. It is found in the DATABASES tab.

360 virtual tours This link takes you to the Ottoman Empire. By searching for 360 tour and the name of a specific site you can often find an online tour. Some can be embedded.

Saudi Aramco World a great source for cultural resources for the Islamic World and parts of Africa.

Internet Source Books At the top there is a directory that will move you to other regions. Helpful for finding primary source accounts.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the Met Provides samples, essays that explain the periods and production techniques. Note the thematic categories in the bottom right of the introductory page.

British Museum World History Timeline Set to open in Asia, you can move about the globe.

British Museum Cultures Gives an overview. The top right of each page gives a selection of items from the museum.

British Library contains descriptions of and digitized images of cultural artifacts and texts.

Louvre - in English

Asia for Educators Great for East Asia resources

Search of will also yield a number of resources on Japan, India, etc.

You can also use Google Books, Google Scholar, and Advanced Search to get the specific information you need. DO NOT perform a general search....


F: Follows directions but steals material. Both footnotes (or endnotes) and a bibliography (in Chicago Manual of Style format) are expected. You can change text using the T button to create superscript numbers.1 In short, treat the project like writing a research paper. There should be a caption under each picture that gives the name, originator, date, and source. Paragraphs and descriptions should be your writing, not another author's work pasted in with a few key words changed using the thesaurus function in Word.
D: Follows directions, cites sources, doesn't complete the project, is riddled with errors. It is evident that the team failed to use its time well.
C: Follows directions. Pastes the correct items into the correct places but takes no care in explaining the choices made. Uses less than six sources. Text is SLOPPY - no proofing!
B: Follows directions. Describes the choices made using complete sentences and clear language. Labels items correctly. Cites sources. Organizes the visuals. The paragraphs are clearly written, but general in nature.
A: Does B - but, shows some extra care, thought and research. An A has a "Wow" factor. This does not mean more color or flying moneys. It means that the content selected does a great job TEACHING about the culture of the in that region in that time period.

This is the rubric that I have used in the past. It functions well as a checklist.