Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Assignment for Tuesday, 10/26/10

Hello class,

Today you will continue working on your postcard project. You should at this point have the following:

  1. A topic you will use to relate modern life to life in Ancient Greece or Rome;
  2. Notes on an ancient source;
  3. Notes on a modern source; and
  4. A draft annotated bibliography.
We will do the following in class today:
  1. Keep the notes  you took last night on a modern source out on your desk so I can check them. This is a 10 point homework grade.
  2. Trade your draft annotated bibliography with a partner. Read your partner's A.B., then check it against the requirements listed on the Purdue OWL site. Mark any places where your partner can improve his/her bibliography and note any elements he/she is missing. Remember -- the annotation should be approximately 5-7 sentences in length. Watch for "padding" sentences (such as "This is what I have found at this site. This site was very interesting."). "Padding" sentences do not count toward the 5-7 sentence total.
  3. Get your annotated bibliography back from your partner. Type it in MS Word, including any edits recommended by your partner.
  4. Now that you have your notes and your annotated bibliography, you can start writing. Begin typing the text for the back of your postcard from the past in an MS Word document. You are writing as though you are in the past, trying to relate what you are seeing to something that is familiar to your audience (i.e., the Colosseum to Soldier Field, etc.). It should be approximately 200-300 words in length. This is where you will show the relationship between your ancient source and the modern one. Remember -- this is a postcard. Pick a person to write to. It could be a parent, a friend, or even a teacher. Your written component should include:
    1. A greeting;
    2. An introduction to your chosen topic;
    3. The body, where you show the relationship between your ancient and modern sources;
    4. A conclusion; and
    5. The closing ("Sincerely," "Wish you were here," etc.)
This written component will count for 20 of the 50 points total assigned to this project grade. 

EXTRA CREDIT: If you finish all of the above steps, add a comment to this post which completes the problem below. All of the elements below should be included in the same comment. Remember to include your first and last name. You can earn a maximum of 4 points extra credit. The post must be added by 9:00 p.m. on Tues., 10/26/10.
  1. Examine the photo which accompanies this post. Based solely on the information included in the photo, identify the country in which the photo was taken.
  2. Check your response by doing a web search for the place shown on the postcard.
  3. Give the relative location for the place shown on the postcard.
  4. Give the absolute location for the place shown on the postcard.


  1. Mr. Ramin. The place on the postcard is Corfu Island on the west coast of Greece. The relative location of Crofu is 560 kilometers from Athens, 470 kilometers from Thessaloniki, and 355 kilometers from Patras. The Absolute location is Latitude: 39.74806°N and Longitude: 19.86500°E


  2. The place on the postcard is Corfu Island is a Greece Island in the Ionian Sea. The relative location is north of the Sarande, Albania coast. The absolute location is 39 40 N 19 45 E.