• Colony to Empire

    Task Statement

    colonies  

    During the ancient and medieval times, countries gained power and wealth through conquest. They fought wars and took over other countries. They settled new lands forming colonies. The success of an empire depended on the control it had over those conquered nations and colonies. Some emperors allowed conquered people to keep their cultures and languages, whereas others insisted that they change their culture and language. Often the empire was united through a common set of laws.

     

     

    Imagine that you are an explorer. You have discovered a new volcanic island in the middle of the ocean. The American government has chosen to colonize this island. Your task is to present the government with an overview of the colony. You must create a map of your island, give it a name, and design a national flag that will be a symbol of pride. You will then collaborate with other colonies to develop a common constitution for the empire.

     

    By the end of this unit you should be able to answer the following questions:

    • What is a colony?
    • What is an empire?
    • What is a constitution?
    • Why is our constitution important?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Colony to Empire

    Rubric

     

    Novice

    Apprentice

    Practitioner

    Expert

    Map and Name

    ¨  Designs a map of the island that is a simple shape

    ¨  Name is taken from pop culture

    ¨  Designs a map of the island that is unique in shape

    ¨  May include symbols that represent the capital or major resources.

    ¨  Name is taken from Pop culture

    ¨  Designs a map of the island that is unique in shape

    ¨  Includes symbols on the map to represent the capital and major resources.

    ¨  Includes a key and compass rose

    ¨  Name is unique and creative

    ¨  all of Practitioner    AND

    ¨  explains the reasoning behind the name

    Flag

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ¨  Design is copied from an existing flag

    ¨  Has a single color and lacks effort

    ¨  Design may be similar to a well known flag

    ¨  Includes several colors

    ¨  Design is unique and creative

    ¨  Includes color and a symbol that can encourage national pride.

    ¨  all of Practitioner

    AND

    ¨  explains the symbolism behind the flag

    Constitution

    ¨  2-3 laws that are not written in complete sentences

    ¨  Laws do not make sense for the purpose of protecting life, possessions, peace, or rights

    ¨  Student showed little collaboration with peers.

    ¨  2-3 laws written in complete sentences

    ¨  Laws may be clear and sensible for the purpose of protecting life, possessions, peace, or rights

    ¨  Student collaborated with peers by participating respectfully and minimal work effort

    ¨  4-5 laws written in complete sentences

    ¨  Laws are clear and sensible for the purpose of protecting life, possessions, peace, or rights

    ¨  Student collaborated with peers by sharing the work load and participating respectfully

    ¨  All of the Practitioner

        AND

    ¨  Explains the rationale behind at least 2 laws

    OR

    ¨  Includes 2 additional laws

     

    Activity Lists

    Map A

    Map B

    Vocab Quiz