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									School Year 2009-10                                          Sixth Grade   Student Directions
                                                                           and Requirements

                                                Student Directions
                                           Research on Ancient Egypt
The Task:
     Complete a PowerPoint presentation of your research on Ancient Egypt.
The Topic Choices:
     The Pyramids
         Describe how the pyramids were built.
         Describe the importance of pyramids in Egyptian life and religion.
         Present examples of famous pyramids.
     The Pharaohs
         Describe the role and powers of the pharaoh.
         Present three famous pharaohs and explain why they were important.
         Present the accomplishments of each of the pharaohs you chose.
     Life in Ancient Egypt
          Describe the social classes in the Egyptian social pyramid, including:
                The role, work and/or duties of each class
                Daily life of each class
                The types of artisans
                How peasant life was affected by the seasons

         Note: Information in the content outline above is from History Alive! The
         Ancient World. Your textbook is the best place to start your research.
         Note: Read the requirements page before you make your choice of topic.

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School Year 2009-10                                          Sixth Grade   Student Directions
                                                                           and Requirements

                                                          Requirements
                                               Research on Ancient Egypt

Research and Note-taking:
     You must submit a Research Commitment Form in the proper folder in the Dragon
      Master’s folder in the Dragon’s Lair Master Folder before you begin you note
      taking. Note: The Commitment Form will be posted on November 12th.
     You are to keep all notes, drafts and resource files electronically.
     Notes can be kept in MS Word, Notepad or directly in a PowerPoint file.
     All content in your show must be completed before you work on graphics or slide
      show presentation devices.
     You must submit a content outline before you begin the presentation tasks.
File Management and Saving files and Resources
     See directions on the documents page for saving files and resources.
     All drafts and resources are to be saved into your folder in the Dragon’s Lair
      Master Folder.
     You may back up your files on a local hard drive, your Gaggle locker.

Citing References, copyright and the References Page
     Use the Son of Citation Machine, and on-line tool for preparing citations. There
      is a link under “Student Research Resources on the links page of the Dragon’s
      Liar site, or you can go to the Landmark Project on the web for a link.
      Note: When choosing style we use APA.


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                                                                                          and Requirements

Citing References, copyright and the References Page (Continued)
     This is an example of a reference using Son of Citation Machine.
                Frey, W. (2004). History alive! the ancient world. Palo Alto, CA: Teachers'
         Curriculum Institute.
     All photos, drawings and information not in the public domain must be cited.
Technical Skills in PowerPoint
     Slide Design
               The layout must fit the content and graphics.
               Backgrounds, fonts and color schemes must be consistent and make the
                show easily readable on the screen.
               The last slide is a “placeholder” slide and may be a picture or left blank
               Animations are permitted but not required.
               Slide transitions are encouraged but not required.
     Citations
               The next to last slide must be a references page.
               Citations for entire slides must be placed in the footer.
               Citations for graphics must be placed in a textbox under the graphic.
               Slides must be numbered in the footer.
     Advanced Skills
               Internal hyper-linking to a table of contents
               External hyper-linking to web sites
               Sound and video
               Timing options

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                                                                                       and Requirements



Requirements (Continued)
Note regarding the expectation: The purposes of this activity are to develop the skills
of researching and developing a presentation using standard presentation guidelines and
proper referencing of other people’s work. Less is better if done correctly.
    Accurate, significant information is the first priority.
    The second priority is proper referencing of your sources.
    “Bells and whistles” like animation and sound are the last priority.

The last thing we want is totally exciting, beautiful, animated, timed and hyperlinked
show about nothing. If your information isn’t any good, neither is the show in spite of
all your bells and whistles. Focus on the content first!

A final note about requirements: When your show is complete you will be using it for
two more assignments that include writing an essay and publishing a brochure. All
three assignments will be affected by the quality of your research and note taking on
this first assignment. Put the effort into your research and notes at the beginning,
and all three of your assignments will be done better.

                                                                                ~ Your Dragon Masters
                                                                           Mr. Grubel and Mr. McCabe




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