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HUM 200 Project Part One Rough Draft Guidelines and Rubric

Overview: Now that you have chosen your artifacts and identified the common theme, you will develop a draft of your exploration document. Over the course
of Theme: Examining the Humanities and Theme: Impact of the Humanities, you will walk through each step in the Soomo webtext and have an opportunity to
incorporate instructor feedback before submitting your final version of the exploration document at the end of Theme: Impact of the Humanities.

Prompt: Analyze your two chosen artifacts. Then, identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in
different cultural artifacts. To document your analysis and research, you will develop a reference list. In preparation for the presentation you will develop in
Theme: Human Culture, you will also consider how you would present your research to a specific audience.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Describe the cultural artifacts that you chose. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the
author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In
addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of each cultural artifact, if they are visual artifacts.

II. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?

III. Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your
cultural artifacts is connected to you personally.

IV. Discuss a profession that could be impacted by the theme you identified. In other words, how is the theme you identified related to professional
experiences? How could a working knowledge of the humanities be useful in this field?

V. Describe at least three humanities resources that you could use to investigate your theme and artifacts. Your sources must be relevant to your theme
and of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as the following: What are the similarities and differences in the
content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought process when you were
searching for sources? How did you make choices? Did you encounter any obstacles and, if so, how did you overcome them? If you did not, why do you
think it was so easy to find what you needed?

VI. Use the humanities resources that you selected to research your theme and cultural artifacts, making sure that you cite your sources. Based on your
research, do the following:

A. Discuss the relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context. In other words, what were the circumstances under which each
artifact was created?

B. Explain the similarities and differences that you observe in the cultural artifacts you selected, in relation to the theme. For instance, do the
artifacts contain any symbolism? If so, how are the symbols both similar and different? What do the symbols tell you about each artifact?

C. Discuss the medium—such as literature, music, or sculpture—through which your cultural artifacts were created. For instance, how did the
creator or creators of each artifact use the medium to convey something about the meaning of the artifact?

VII. Based on your research, develop a thesis statement that conveys the claim you plan to make about your theme and artifacts. Your thesis statement
should be clear, specific, and arguable.

VIII. Based on your research, identify an audience that would be interested in your theme and thesis statement. For example, who would benefit most from
hearing your message?

IX. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples based on your research. For example, will your
audience understand the terminology and principles used by humanities scholars, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate
effectively with your audience?

X. Provide a reference list that includes all of the humanities resources you used to research your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. Ensure that your
list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format with instructor permission).

Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your exploration document rough draft should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 3 to 5 pages in length, double-
spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. You should use current APA style guidelines (or another format approved by your
instructor) for your citations and reference list.

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Cultural Artifacts Describes selected cultural artifacts Describes selected cultural artifacts
but with gaps in detail or clarity

Does not describe selected cultural
artifacts

8

Common Theme Identifies at least one common
theme to serve as framework of
exploration document and explains
how theme is expressed in artifacts

Identifies at least one common
theme to serve as framework of
exploration document and explains
how theme is expressed in artifacts
but with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not identify at least one
common theme to serve as
framework of exploration
document and does not explain
how theme is expressed in artifacts

8

Personal Experience Explains how identified theme is
related to personal experience

Explains how identified theme is
related to personal experience but
with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not explain how identified
theme is related to personal
experience

8

Profession Discusses a profession that could
be impacted by identified theme

Discusses a profession that could
be impacted by identified theme
but with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not discuss a profession that
could be impacted by identified
theme

8

Humanities Resources Describes at least three relevant
and appropriate humanities
resources that could be used to
investigate theme and artifacts

Describes at least three humanities
resources that could be used to
investigate theme and artifacts but
with gaps in appropriateness,
relevance, or detail

Does not describe at least three
humanities resources that could be
used to investigate theme and
artifacts

8

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Research: Historical
Context

Discusses relationship between
each cultural artifact and its
historical context, citing sources

Discusses relationship between
each cultural artifact and its
historical context but with gaps in
detail, clarity, or citation

Does not discuss relationship
between each cultural artifact and
its historical context

8

Research: Similarities
and Differences

Explains similarities and differences
observed in cultural artifacts in
relation to theme, citing sources

Explains similarities and differences
observed in cultural artifacts but
not in relation to theme or with
gaps in detail, clarity, or citation

Does not explain similarities and
differences observed in cultural
artifacts

8

Research: Medium Discusses the medium through
which cultural artifacts were
created, citing sources

Discusses the medium through
which cultural artifacts were
created but with gaps in detail,
clarity, or citation

Does not discuss the medium
through which cultural artifacts
were created

8

Thesis Statement Develops clear, specific, and
arguable thesis statement that
conveys claim about theme and
artifacts, based on research

Develops thesis statement that
conveys claim about theme and
artifacts but thesis statement is not
based on research, lacks clarity or
specificity, or is not arguable

Does not develop thesis statement
that conveys claim about theme
and artifacts

8

Audience Identifies an audience that would
be interested in theme and thesis
statement, based on research

Identifies an audience but audience
is not appropriate for theme and
thesis statement or is not based on
research

Does not identify an audience 8

Message Describes how and why message
can be tailored to audience,
providing specific examples based
on research

Describes how and why message
can be tailored to audience but
with gaps in examples or research
support

Does not describe how and why
message can be tailored to
audience

8

Reference List Provides reference list that includes
all humanities resources used to
research artifacts, theme, and
thesis statement, ensuring that list
is formatted according to current
APA guidelines

Provides reference list that includes
all humanities resources used to
research artifacts, theme, and
thesis statement, but list has gaps
in adherence to current APA
formatting guidelines

Does not provide reference list that
includes all humanities resources
used to research artifacts, theme,
and thesis statement

8

Articulation of
Response

Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact readability
and articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas

4

Total 100%

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