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NAME: __________________________ COLOR: ________ DATE: _________________

ROME ESSAY ASSIGNMENT PACKET


DUE: B/E (Tuesday, Jan. 25), C/F (Wednesday, Jan. 26)

The purpose of this essay is to analyze the effect that the Roman Empire had on Judaism and Christianity
using independent research skills.

The final product for this assignment is a three-paragraph, thesis-driven analytical essay that answers the
thesis question using specific evidence found through independent research.

The thesis question: On which religion, Christianity or Judaism, did the Roman Empire have the greatest
impact?

You will need to turn in:


• The essay
• Works Cited page
• The rough draft(s)
• Completed outline
• The rubric that is in this packet
• Source cards and note cards

The essay itself should contain:


• An introductory paragraph with
o Background information that sets the historical context in which these two religions are
being compared
o An thesis statement that answers the question and includes a big idea.
o A focus statement that introduces the two themes of comparison
• TWO body paragraphs that include the following in EACH
o An idea-driven topic sentence that supports the thesis statement and uses a PERSIA GEM
o Background context that introduces each piece of evidence (two in each paragraph)
o Each body paragraph addresses both religions equally
o Each body paragraph analyzes the evidence of Roman impact and comes to a conclusion
that supports the thesis statement
o A link or transition into the next paragraph
• Each piece of evidence that is not common knowledge (found in your textbook, in our notes or in
three different credible source) should have parenthetical citation
• Information from at least one database and two credible Web sources

The essay you turn in should:


□ Be final-draft quality
□ Be typed
□ Be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman, doubled-spaced
□ Be printed out before you get to class. I do not have a printer and do not accept e-mailed
assignments.
□ Have your name on it

The essay will be graded using the rubric included in this packet

This essay is worth a test grade of 80 points. It will be counted toward the third quarter. One-third of a
letter grade (for example, from B to B-) will be deducted for each day the essay is late.
WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 2011 WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 2011

Block 1 Block 1

In class: In class:
Rome quiz Rome quiz
introduction to Rome essay introduction to Rome essay

Homework: Homework:
^ Complete brainstorming organizer (in packet) ^ Complete brainstorming organizer (in packet)

Block 2 Block 2

Homework due: Homework due:


completed brainstorming organizer completed brainstorming organizer

In class: In class:
database research – ABC Clio, Marshall database research – ABC Clio, Marshall Cavendish,
Cavendish, Daily Life Daily Life

Homework: Homework:
^ Find at least one database article for BOTH ^ Find at least one database article for BOTH
positions (at least two articles total, printed out) positions (at least two articles total, printed out)

Block 3 Block 3

MEET IN THE LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER MEET IN THE LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Homework due: Homework due:


database articles for BOTH articles database articles for BOTH articles

In class: In class:
creating notecards using Noodle Bib! creating notecards using Noodle Bib!

Homework: Homework:
^ start a Works Cited page for the Rome essay ^ start a Works Cited page for the Rome essay
^ add your ABC Clio sources ^ add your ABC Clio sources
^ create notecards to organize your evidence ^ create notecards to organize your evidence
 print out the notecards  print out the notecards

Block 4 Block 4

Homework due: Homework due:


Works Cited page (so far) + notecards Works Cited page (so far) + notecards

In class: In class:
evaluating credibility of website sources evaluating credibility of website sources

Homework: Homework:
^ decide which position you are taking ^ decide which position you are taking
^ search for two credible web sources that supports ^ search for two credible web sources that supports
your position, add sources to Works Cited page, your position, add sources to Works Cited page,
create notecards create notecards
^ use thesis statement organizer to create a draft of ^ use thesis statement organizer to create a draft of
your thesis statement your thesis statement
WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2011 WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2011

Block 1: Martin Luther King Day – no school Block 1: Martin Luther King Day – no school

Block 2 Block 2

Homework due: Homework due:


^ two credible web sources + notecards ^ two credible web sources + notecards
^ draft of your thesis statement ^ draft of your thesis statement

In class: In class:
writing introduction paragraph writing introduction paragraph

Homework: Homework:
^ complete outline/brainstorm web in Bubbl.us ^ complete outline/brainstorm web in Bubbl.us
or Mywebspiration or using your own system or Mywebspiration or using your own system
^ finish the introduction paragraph ^ finish the introduction paragraph

Block 3 Block 3

Homework due: Homework due:


completed outline/brainstorm web completed outline/brainstorm web
completed introduction paragraph completed introduction paragraph

In class: In class:
write second paragraph of your choice write second paragraph of your choice

Homework: Homework:
write third paragraph of your choice write third paragraph of your choice

Block 4 Block 4

Homework due: Homework due:


rough draft of essay! remember to print it out! rough draft of essay! remember to print it out!

In class: In class:
peer-editing the essay peer-editing the essay

Homework: Homework:
^ tweak essays ^ tweak essays
^ complete Works Cited ^ complete Works Cited
^ final draft checklist ^ final draft checklist

ESSAY IS DUE BLOCK 2 OF NEXT WEEK! ESSAY IS DUE BLOCK 2 OF NEXT WEEK!
NAME: _______________________ COLOR: _________ DATE: ______________

BRAINGSTORMING ORGANIZER

Thesis Question: On which religion, Christianity or Judaism, did the Rome Empire have the
greatest impact?

Use your notes to complete the following chart. You will add to it as you research.

JUDAISM CHRISTIANITY
The Roman Empire had the greatest The Roman Empire had the greatest impact
impact on Judaism. on Christianity.

Below, list all the evidence that supports Below, list all the evidence that supports
this argument. Details! this argument. Details!
NAME: ______________________________ COLOR: _____________ DATE: _________________________

WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT

Thesis question: On
which religion, Christianity or Judaism, did the Roman Empire
have the greatest impact?

STEP THREE STEP ONE STEP TWO


3 to 4 possible criticisms (“although”) one central argument/idea 4-5 possible idea umbrellas (“because”)

Your counter-argument answers the question

POSSIBLE PERSIA GEMs:


__________________________
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Now, write your thesis statement: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
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NAME: _________________________ COLOR: _____ DATE: _________________

COMPARISON ESSAY OUTLINE

I. Introduction

a. Background information: _____________________________________________


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b. Thesis statement: ___________________________________________________


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II. Theme 1 (PERSIA GEM): _________________________________________________

JUDAISM CHRISTIANITY

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______________________________

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______________________________

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Topic sentence: __________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

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Analysis of the evidence of Roman impact and comes to a conclusion that supports the
thesis statement: __________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
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_______________________________________________________________________
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Do your pieces of evidence need parenthetical citation? If so, which ones?


_______________________________________________________________________
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III. Theme 2 (PERSIA GEM): _________________________________________________

JUDAISM CHRISTIANITY

________________________________
______________________________

________________________________
______________________________

________________________________
______________________________

________________________________
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Topic sentence: ________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

Analysis of the evidence of Roman impact and comes to a conclusion that supports the
thesis statement: __________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
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_______________________________________________________________________
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_______________________________________________________________________
_

Do your pieces of evidence need parenthetical citation? If so, which ones?


_______________________________________________________________________
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No conclusion needed.
COMPARISON ESSAY ON JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE

NAME: _______________________________________________ LATE?: _____________ SCORE: _________________

Category Exemplary Proficient Developing Limited


Introduction/ - Expresses a specific, supportable - Expresses a specific, - Expresses a vague, somewhat - Expresses an extremely vague,
Thesis central idea in a sophisticated, supportable central idea in a supportable central idea trite and/or insupportable central
concise manner concise manner - Attempts to preview the idea
- Establishes a clear, concise, and - Establishes a clear preview of paper's purpose - Neglects to preview the paper's
compelling preview of the paper's the paper's purpose using - Some background purpose
purpose using PERSIA GEM PERSIA GEM categories information on the religions in - The religions’ role in Roman
categories - Background information on the Roman history is mentioned history is not clear
- Complexity of the religions’ roles religions in Roman history is
in Roman history is clearly included
explained

Content - Employs balanced evidence per - Employs balanced evidence per - Employs evidence per body - Provides little or no evidence
body paragraph that is relevant to the body paragraph that is relevant to paragraph that is somewhat relevant to the central idea.
central idea and addresses both the central idea but does not relevant to the central idea but - Body paragraph topics are
religions. address both religions. does not address both religions repetitive.
-Body paragraphs deal with 2 -Body paragraphs have 2 different equally. - No transition is attempted.
distinctly different ideas. ideas. -Body paragraphs are somewhat
- Body paragraphs are linked with - Body paragraphs are linked with similar in topic.
relevant, sophisticated transitions. transitions. - Transition is attempted.

Analysis -Develops and analyzes all evidence -Develops and analyzes most of the -Reiterates content with minimal - Does not attempt analysis.
with sophistication and originality, evidence, taking limited risks with analysis. - Paragraphs have no real
taking risks with ideas. ideas. -Paragraphs begin with basic beginning.
-Thoughtful topic sentences are idea- -Topic sentences are mostly idea- topic sentences.
driven. driven.

Conventions/Process - Uses appropriate grammar and spells - Uses appropriate grammar and - Makes grammatical and - Makes grammatical and spelling
correctly throughout. spells correctly most of the time. spelling errors that distract but do errors that compromise meaning.
- Uses the correct citation format - Uses the correct citation format not compromise the meaning. - Does not use citations in essay.
consistently in essay and bibliography most of the time in both essay and - Uses incorrect citation formats - Bibliography is missing.
- At least three varied and credible bibliography. in either essay or bibliography.
sources are used and listed in the - three credible sources are used - Fewer than three credible
bibliography and listed in the bibliography sources are used and listed in the
bibliography