For Writing you will write a 2.5-3 page paper, You will write about one (1) of the two topics described below.
Format
. Your answers must be: (1) in essay form, (2) 2.5–3 typewritten pages, (3) double-spaced, (4) 12 point font, Times New Roman, (5) 1 inch margins all around, (6) include page numbers, and (7) no references cited is needed—do mention when you cite “Kelly/Thomas” or “class notes” and add page numbers when necessary.

Plagiarism. It is imperative that you write in your own words! If you closely paraphrase a sentence provide the page number, and if you cite something directly from the text use quotes and provide the page number. Do not copy sections of the article or the text into your essay – write in your own words.

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • 1) Address the following. (20 points, 40%)
  • Describe the topic/main points of the article.
  • Describe what you learned that was new about the topic of your chosen article.
  • Describe why you liked or chose the topic.

2) Bring in ideas from the Kelly/Thomas text. This is the text link ( https://books.google.com/books?id=k4lTCwAAQBAJ&pri… ) (5 points, 10%)

3) Present your point of view based on a critical understanding and analysis of the article.

(20 points, 40%)

  • Describe your point of view on the topic/article you read. Have you observed, experienced, or know of anything similar to what the writer presents in the article?

4) Proofread your essay for spelling, grammar, and syntax errors. (5 points, 10%)

Topic 1: Media Archaeologists

The purpose of this 2.5-3 page paper is to evaluate how archaeologist characters from popular movies actually reflect what archaeologists really do as seen through this class. That is, does the popular portrayal of archaeologists in the movies reflect the reality of archaeological research and practice?

For this paper, watch one of the major Hollywood movies (e.g., Indiana Jones, Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider, Stargate) with special attention to the way the main character portrays archaeologists. Is this a biased perspective? An accurate perceptive? Consider this in relation to what we learned in the class.

In writing this paper, please consider the following:

  • Describe the main character and his/her actions, both in doing archaeology and in the action of the story
  • Describe the stereotypical behaviors portrayed and whether they could actually be true given the character’s time and place
  • Describe the relationship of the character’s behavior regarding: their basic archaeological skills?; concern with preserving sites and cultural materials?; ethics?
  • Describe how the movie ties into what we learned in class.

Evaluation and Grade: Each paper will be organized and points assessed as follows (a total of 50 points are possible). MAKE SURE TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THESE WHEN WRITING.

1) Have you focused on the questions asked (see above)? (20 points, 40%)

2) Have you used ideas from the Kelly/Thomas text, lectures, and films – where

appropriate – in your essay? (5 points, 10%)

3) Have you presented your point of view based on a critical understanding and analysis

of the movie? (20 points, 40%)

4) Have you proofread your essay for spelling, grammar, organization and syntax errors? (5 points, 10%)

Topic 2: Storytelling In Prehistory

This paper is for the creative writer. Write a 2.5-3 page paper or narrative that is fictional but archaeologically accurate which portrays your perspective on a prehistoric/historic site or time period/geographic location. You may base your narrative on one of the sites or cultures discussed in class, or create one for your narrative. In writing your paper, describe the scene in the daily life of a person similar to you in age, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Alternatively, it can be from the perspective of someone different to you in age, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. You may even have it from the perspective of two people. Remember to incorporate material culture, descriptions of landscape, activities, etc. into your paper. Include in your narrative some of the things we learned about in the class.

Evaluation and Grade: Each paper will be organized and points assessed as follows (a total of 50 points are possible). MAKE SURE TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THESE WHEN WRITING.

1) The level of creativity and archaeological accuracy of your narrative (40 points, 40%)

2) Have you used ideas from the Kelly/Thomas text, lectures, and films – where

appropriate – in your essay? (5 points, 10%)

3) Have you proofread your essay for spelling, grammar, organization and syntax errors? (5 points, 10%)

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