CHOSEN ARTIFACTS: WEST SIDE STORY AND ROMEO AND JULIET 

COMMON THEME: LOVE AND DEATH

 HUM 200 Project Part One Rough Draft Guidelines and Rubric Overview: 

Now that you have chosen your artifacts and identified the common theme, you will develop a draft of your exploration document. Over the course of Theme: Examining the Humanities and Theme: Impact of the Humanities, you will walk through each step in the Soomo webtext and have an opportunity to incorporate instructor feedback before submitting your final version of the exploration document at the end of Theme: Impact of the Humanities. Prompt: Analyze your two chosen artifacts. Then, identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in different cultural artifacts. To document your analysis and research, you will develop a reference list. In preparation for the presentation you will develop in Theme: Human Culture, you will also consider how you would present your research to a specific audience. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: I. Describe the cultural artifacts that you chose. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of each cultural artifact, if they are visual artifacts. II. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts? III. Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally. IV. Discuss a profession that could be impacted by the theme you identified. In other words, how is the theme you identified related to professional experiences? How could a working knowledge of the humanities be useful in this field? V. Describe at least three humanities resources that you could use to investigate your theme and artifacts. Your sources must be relevant to your theme and of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as the following: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices? Did you encounter any obstacles and, if so, how did you overcome them? If you did not, why do you think it was so easy to find what you needed? VI. Use the humanities resources that you selected to research your theme and cultural artifacts, making sure that you cite your sources. Based on your research, do the following: A. Discuss the relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context. In other words, what were the circumstances under which each artifact was created? B. Explain the similarities and differences that you observe in the cultural artifacts you selected, in relation to the theme. For instance, do the artifacts contain any symbolism? If so, how are the symbols both similar and different? What do the symbols tell you about each artifact?          C. Discuss the medium—such as literature, music, or sculpture—through which your cultural artifacts were created. For instance, how did the creator or creators of each artifact use the medium to convey something about the meaning of the artifact? VII. Based on your research, develop a thesis statement that conveys the claim you plan to make about your theme and artifacts. Your thesis statement should be clear, specific, and arguable. VIII. Based on your research, identify an audience that would be interested in your theme and thesis statement. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message? IX. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples based on your research. For example, will your audience understand the terminology and principles used by humanities scholars, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience? X. Provide a reference list that includes all of the humanities resources you used to research your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. Ensure that your list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format with instructor permission). Rubric Guidelines for Submission: Your exploration document rough draft should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 3 to 5 pages in length, doublespaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. You should use current APA style guidelines (or another format approved by your instructor) for your citations and reference list.  

HUM 200 Project Part One Rough Draft Guidelines and Rubric

Overview: Now that you have chosen your artifacts and identified the common theme, you will develop a draft of your exploration document. Over the course of Theme: Examining the Humanities and Theme: Impact of the Humanities, you will walk through each step in the Soomo webtext and have an opportunity to incorporate instructor feedback before submitting your final version of the exploration document at the end of Theme: Impact of the Humanities.

Prompt: Analyze your two chosen artifacts. Then, identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in different cultural artifacts. To document your analysis and research, you will develop a reference list. In preparation for the presentation you will develop in Theme: Human Culture, you will also consider how you would present your research to a specific audience.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Describe the cultural artifacts that you chose. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of each cultural artifact, if they are visual artifacts.

II. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?

III. Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally.

IV. Discuss a profession that could be impacted by the theme you identified. In other words, how is the theme you identified related to professional experiences? How could a working knowledge of the humanities be useful in this field?

V. Describe at least three humanities resources that you could use to investigate your theme and artifacts. Your sources must be relevant to your theme and of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as the following: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices? Did you encounter any obstacles and, if so, how did you overcome them? If you did not, why do you think it was so easy to find what you needed?

VI. Use the humanities resources that you selected to research your theme and cultural artifacts, making sure that you cite your sources. Based on your research, do the following:

A. Discuss the relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context. In other words, what were the circumstances under which each artifact was created?

B. Explain the similarities and differences that you observe in the cultural artifacts you selected, in relation to the theme. For instance, do the artifacts contain any symbolism? If so, how are the symbols both similar and different? What do the symbols tell you about each artifact?

C. Discuss the medium—such as literature, music, or sculpture—through which your cultural artifacts were created. For instance, how did the creator or creators of each artifact use the medium to convey something about the meaning of the artifact?

VII. Based on your research, develop a thesis statement that conveys the claim you plan to make about your theme and artifacts. Your thesis statement should be clear, specific, and arguable.

VIII. Based on your research, identify an audience that would be interested in your theme and thesis statement. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message?

IX. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples based on your research. For example, will your audience understand the terminology and principles used by humanities scholars, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?

X. Provide a reference list that includes all of the humanities resources you used to research your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. Ensure that your list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format with instructor permission).

Rubric Guidelines for Submission: Your exploration document rough draft should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 3 to 5 pages in length, double- spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. You should use current APA style guidelines (or another format approved by your instructor) for your citations and reference list.

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Cultural Artifacts Describes selected cultural artifacts Describes selected cultural artifacts but with gaps in detail or clarity

Does not describe selected cultural artifacts

8

Common Theme Identifies at least one common theme to serve as framework of exploration document and explains how theme is expressed in artifacts

Identifies at least one common theme to serve as framework of exploration document and explains how theme is expressed in artifacts but with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not identify at least one common theme to serve as framework of exploration document and does not explain how theme is expressed in artifacts

8

Personal Experience Explains how identified theme is related to personal experience

Explains how identified theme is related to personal experience but with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not explain how identified theme is related to personal experience

8

Profession Discusses a profession that could be impacted by identified theme

Discusses a profession that could be impacted by identified theme but with gaps in clarity or detail

Does not discuss a profession that could be impacted by identified theme

8

Humanities Resources Describes at least three relevant and appropriate humanities resources that could be used to investigate theme and artifacts

Describes at least three humanities resources that could be used to investigate theme and artifacts but with gaps in appropriateness, relevance, or detail

Does not describe at least three humanities resources that could be used to investigate theme and artifacts

8

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Research: Historical Context

Discusses relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context, citing sources

Discusses relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context but with gaps in detail, clarity, or citation

Does not discuss relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context

8

Research: Similarities and Differences

Explains similarities and differences observed in cultural artifacts in relation to theme, citing sources

Explains similarities and differences observed in cultural artifacts but not in relation to theme or with gaps in detail, clarity, or citation

Does not explain similarities and differences observed in cultural artifacts

8

Research: Medium Discusses the medium through which cultural artifacts were created, citing sources

Discusses the medium through which cultural artifacts were created but with gaps in detail, clarity, or citation

Does not discuss the medium through which cultural artifacts were created

8

Thesis Statement Develops clear, specific, and arguable thesis statement that conveys claim about theme and artifacts, based on research

Develops thesis statement that conveys claim about theme and artifacts but thesis statement is not based on research, lacks clarity or specificity, or is not arguable

Does not develop thesis statement that conveys claim about theme and artifacts

8

Audience Identifies an audience that would be interested in theme and thesis statement, based on research

Identifies an audience but audience is not appropriate for theme and thesis statement or is not based on research

Does not identify an audience 8

Message Describes how and why message can be tailored to audience, providing specific examples based on research

Describes how and why message can be tailored to audience but with gaps in examples or research support

Does not describe how and why message can be tailored to audience

8

Reference List Provides reference list that includes all humanities resources used to research artifacts, theme, and thesis statement, ensuring that list is formatted according to current APA guidelines

Provides reference list that includes all humanities resources used to research artifacts, theme, and thesis statement, but list has gaps in adherence to current APA formatting guidelines

Does not provide reference list that includes all humanities resources used to research artifacts, theme, and thesis statement

8

Articulation of Response

Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas

4

Total 100%

  • HUM 200 Project Part One Rough Draft Guidelines and Rubric

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Jennifer Moore 2-6 Project Part One: Artifacts and Theme Selection May 11, 2022

Jennifer Moore

2-6 Project Part One: Artifacts and Theme Selection

Southern New Hampshire University

Applied Humanities

Professor Benjamin Truitt

May 11, 2022

I. Describe the cultural artifacts that you have chosen.

The first artifact that I have chosen is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was written by Shakespeare about 1594-96 in his period of “early mastery” during the Italian Renaissance. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet to help couples appreciate their love for one another. Romeo and Juliet has a setting in Verona, Italy. Verona up until 1405 was an independent city but eventually become Venetian Republic.

Romeo and Juliet - Kindle edition by Shakespeare, William, Editors, SBP.  Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The second artifact that I have chosen is West Side Story the musical. The music is by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents. West side Story is set in the mid-1950s, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Which in this era was considered a multiracial, blue collar neighborhood.

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II. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?

The theme that is common between Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story is love and death. This is the type of love that helps young lovers ignore your loyalty to family and friends. The love that Romeo had for Juliet and Tony had for Maria was the love that had these young men disobey the loyalty and love for everyone around them including themselves at times. Society and their families expected something different from both of the lovers in each story. So much so that the act of suicide with Romeo and Juliet and the tragic death of Tony by Chino because he thought Maria was killed.

III. Reflect on how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally.

Falling in love at a young age is hard to justify to either your parents or society. Either way no one really thinks you are in “love” and that is it just “puppy love”. Because how can anyone at a young age be in love or even know what love is? Well, when I was young, my husband and I fell in love and both sides of the family were like absolutely not. They were not having it. I grew up in what society saw as high class and my husband grew up in what society saw a low class. So, my parents did not see eye to eye with how his family was living and vice versa. It was very difficult. But I was fixing to turn the age of 18 and they could no longer control it caused many feuds in both sides of the family. Even though there were no deaths involved it seemed like death when we were not speaking to any family members, for both sides. We were excluded from both sides of the family for quite some time, but after all our story ended up a fairy tale and we are all together as one.

References

Gottlieb, Jack. 2001. West Side Story Guide. Leonard Bernstein Office. Retrieved on May 11, 2022 from https://leonardbernstein.com/works/view/9/west-side-story

Pserb, Park Ridge Illinois. May 18, 2011. Why Shakespeare wrote Romeo and

Juliet. Retrieved on May 11, 2022 from https://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/academic/article/328034/Why-Shakespeare Wrote-Romeo-and-Juliet/#:~:text=Well%2C%20the%20answer%20to%20this,lovers%20can%20find%20themselves%20in.



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