Time II Assignment - Comparing Family life in India and Japan.
For the second part of the Time Module, you'll do a traditional compare and contrast exercise, creating a Knightlab Timeline with four historical objects and write two paragraphs of analysis. You will compare family life in India and in Japan during the period 1600-1850.
A. Learning Goals
Students' will create an interactive timeline that:
- effectively uses historical objects to advance a comparison and
contrast between two societies.
- includes useful images from credible websites.
- includes explanatory captions to accompany pictures.
- displays accurately in Discussion board on a web-browser with low security settings.
Students will write a two-paragraph essay that:
- makes effective use of historical evidence in a comparison and contrast.
- effectively answers the question.
- makes standard usage of language.
- relates closely to the Timeline published in the Discussion Board.
- is well organized, relating the first paragraph to the second paragraph.
B. Chose four primary sources (artwork, manuscripts, poems, letters, everyday objects) that address Mughal/British India and Edo (Tokagawa) Japan from credible websites. Here are some to consider:
- The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has an explanation of the Edo (Tokagawa) period.
- The British Museum has a links page of all objects in the Edo Period.
- The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art Edo Era Page.
- The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art Woodblocks of the Edo Era Page
- The Chicago Museum of Art
- The St. Louis Art Museum Asian Art Collection
- The Edo Period Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art 17th Century Indian Objects
- For French Speakers: The Indian Collection at the Museé du Quai
(I don't read French well, but poking around for pictures doesn't tax
me. Dates, places, and basic descriptions are clear).
C. Chose one theme related to family life for your timeline and paragraphs. Potential themes include marriage, sexual relations, children, inheritance, living arrangements, food, ritual family practices. This list is not all inclusive.
D. On your own, create a list comparing and contrasting the family
theme you've chosen for Tokagawa Japan and Mughal/British India. If your list turns out to have many items for just one are (say six items for India and only one for Japan) you may need to chose a different theme if your first choice isn't broad enough.
E. Chose four primary sources (historical objects) from credible websites (such as those above), two from Japan and two from India, that demonstrate at least one comparison and one contrast.
D. Build a Knightlab Timeline using your four primary sources. Name your Timeline the family theme you've chosen. For example: “Selecting a Spouse in Edu Japan and British India). Each item in your timeline should include once sentence that ties your historical objects to the theme, explaining to whoever might look at your timeline how the objects relate to your title.
F. Publish your Knightlab Timeline to D2L in the appropriate Discussion.
G. Compose a mini-essay of two paragraphs. The first paragraph will compare and contrast the family theme you've chosen between India and Japan. The second paragraph will answer two questions, based on your readings and work: Was it better to be a 16 year-old girl in 1600 or 1800 in Japan or India? You must chose a date and a region. Why?
H. Submit your mini-essay by Friday at 8 p.m to the appropriate Assignment Submission Folder.
You will be scored based on the following rubrics:
- Timeline effectively uses historical objects to advance a comparison and contrast between two societies.
- Timeline includes useful images from credible websites.
- Timeline includes explanatory captions to accompany pictures.
- Timeline displays accurately in Discussion board on a web-browser with
low security settings.
- Essay makes effective use of historical evidence in a comparison and
- Essay effectively answers the question.
- Essay makes standard usage of language.
Essay relates closely to the Timeline published in the Discussion Board.
Essay is well organized, relating the first paragraph to the second paragraph.