Step 3

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Step 3 – Final Product

We will be working in the library from Wed. Dec. 18 to Jan. ??. Then the final product is due on Tues. Jan. 14. No exceptions.

Choose your final product by Wed. Dec. 18.

To help you decide which product to choose, look at this document to see how each product will be evaluated (marked):

CHW 3M Parallel Rubrics for CCA

Here are some pointers on how to choose:


Key Dates

Wed. Dec. 18:

  1. Follow the steps on this sheet: CHW3M_CCA_First_Day_Final_Product

Thurs. Dec. 19: 

  1. work on developing your outline. Use one of the templates I provided. I will want to see the completed outline (basically all of your info and citations and images) by Wed. Jan 8. That gives you a week of in-class work to perfect the content and arguments after that.

One HUGE caution:

for all your content, make sure you not only give evidence to prove the theme/thesis but ALSO explain how the evidence proves the theme/thesis. Think of the balanced see-saw.

Mon. Jan. 6:

  1. Have your  bibliography complete – a list of all the sources you used since we started the CCA project. Sources are listed in alphabetical order according to author’s last name.

CHW3M_CCA_Final_Bibliography (1)

Wed. Jan. 8: outlines should be completed for checking.

Tues. Jan. 14: Final product due – no extensions.



Here is a checklist of the major features required for each product. Print yours and use it along the way.








Know how you will be marked by checking out the rubric for each product. Make sure to print off a copy when you hand in your final product on Mon. Jan. 14. Print your rubric.









You have a lot of leeway to choose what you want to focus on. I suggest that you narrow down your civ to something arguable. You may use the same theme as the timeline with attitude but it makes you seem like you’re repeating stuff!

  • what made your civ flourish or decline
  • what made your civ technologically advanced
  • the hierarchy in your civ.
  • something you wanted to focus on in your original guiding questions
  • cultural highlights
  • political aspects
  • other (consult with Ms. G if you’re not sure)

Honestly, narrowing down will probably be the hardest part! Now, be careful: the topic is not the same as the theme.



Once you have your topic narrowed down you can create your thesis statement (if you’re doing an essay). It will be the main argument you’ll be trying to prove. It should be one sentence long and contain your position on a topic.

Here’s a thesis statement for an Egypt essay that follows the format of main argument + sub-topics described:

In ancient Egypt there was a very close connection between state and religion as seen through rulers who gained their status through divine descent, festivals and rituals that had both sacred and governmental importance, and monumental structures built to reflect the pharaoh’s closeness to the gods.



A theme is a lesson or a message that you want to convey to your reader about your civilization. It is not as concrete as a thesis; you will relate your content to it as opposed to proving it.

Here are a few themes for an Egypt final product (other than essay):

  • The overlap of state and religion.
  • The crucial role of scribes in Egyptian society.
  • The hierarchical nature of Egyptian society.
  • Strong women’s rights in Egypt.




You will have to do an outline/draft for whichever product you are doing once you have created your thesis/theme. Outlines will be checked  on Wed. Jan 8. 


Here is a sample essay outline on Egypt. CHW3M_CCA_Sample_Essay_Outline_2018

Museum Display – slide outlines:


HTC Posters:


Storybook: (note that the teacher version is the fact-checker – you need both)






For HTC posters, museum display, and storybook (if you don’t create your own images), you will need to find primary source images. Here are some hints:

  1. Sure, you can do Google image searches. BUT, the trick is that you need to look at the source (where the image is from). Google is not the source. Google is just the search engine. If the web page doesn’t say the original source, you shouldn’t use the image. Don’t trust it just because it’s on the internet.
  2. Images should be from the time, not from later on.
  3. Images should be meaningful, not decorative.
  4. You always want to identify where and when the image is from (in the civ).



All products require citations (either footnotes or endnotes) in Chicago style. This is why it has been so important to write down page numbers; endnotes and footnotes require page numbers.

In every single format, every time you give information that is not from your own head you will have to CITE IT! If you don’t you will get zero for plagiarism. 

You will also need a bibliography at the end listing all of your sources.

Follow the formats for footnotes and bibliography identified in this handout: Documentation_for_history_essays_CHW3M (1)




Here are some samples (not fully complete) of what each product might look like:

HTC Posters: here is one for Ethical Dimension


Museum Display: 


Student sample from last year:


Essay: Ms. G has many paper copies.

Children’s Storybook: 

Aztec_Storybook by Jamie, Iulia, Nicole and Andrew P. (from a class about 5 years ago – it was for a different project but you should be able to get the gist of it. Back then I asked for the fact-checking companion as a PPT as well. Here is one: Aztec_Storybook teacher version by Jamie, Iulia, Nicole and Andrew P. .)


Samples from last year will be shown in class. They are not to be removed.

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