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Info about my final project hw is not the final project. Homework directions start on 3rd page.

My Final Project

My topic is a travel log about the renaissance.

My format will be travel diaries.

Final Project: Travel Log


Learners will create a travel journal or log about an imaginary trip they take back in time to a period, region, and culture studied during this course to assess students’ ability to describe the significance of cultural achievements of Western Civilizations.


Students will create a travel journal about their travels back to one of the cultures or societies studied in the course and write about the sites and events that they visited. The journal can be presented in a digital format such as a website, blog, social media posting series, or storyboard.

Important: Travel Logs created using Word or PowerPoint will not be accepted for grading. See media options below.


1. Students must choose a minimum of 5 sites or events from a single culture or society.

A. Examples of site: monuments, temples, churches, castles, famous marketplaces, battlefields, statues, painters’ workshops, taverns, etc.

B. Example of events: gladiator fights, dinner parties, sermons, receptions, parades, religious festivals or ceremonies, marriage ceremonies, etc.

2. Students will use at least 10 sources (5 primary, 5 secondary) to research how the sites were constructed and used by the societies, what events took place at these locations, and the significance of these events and monuments for the culture visited.

A. Pay attention to descriptions and images of the monument or site

B. Be sure to understand the society that site, or event was relevant to

C. Consider who might visit such a site. What types of people might the traveler encounter?

D. Imagine what sounds, smells, conversations the traveler might overhear.

Acceptable Primary and Secondary Sources include but are not limited to:

· Primary sources (court records, memoirs/autobiographies, letters, artifacts, etc.)

· Print secondary sources

· Scholarly journals

· Newspaper and other media and video archives

· Appropriate history-related websites and databases (not Wikipedia)

· Historical documentaries

· History textbooks

Please contact a NOVA librarian or your instructor if you have questions on locating sources.

3. Students will submit an annotated bibliography in Module 5

4. Descriptions of the 5 sites or events should be at least 300-500 words for each site or event presented. The descriptions should accurately demonstrate the cultural achievements and significance of the society studied and presented.

A. Consider utilizing photos of the site or an event that may have been similar to help illustrate your narrative

5. The student will present their travel narrative and descriptions of location, along with any accompanying images (properly label and cited) on a digital platform of their choice. Here are some options:

A. Google sites

B. Blogger

C. Wix

D. Weebly

E. WordPress

F. Tumblr

G. TravelDiaries

Important: If you choose to create a website, make sure that you make your website publicly accessible or the instructor won’t be able to access it for purposes of grading. Do not make it private or require a password for access. Some website creation sites, such as Wix, require you to “publish” your site before other can view it. (In the case of Wix and likely the others, you need to remember to “publish” after all of your edits, no matter how minor.)

Homework Annotated Bibliography in

Module 5 Directions


The Annotated Bibliography is part of your final project.  Students are to provide annotations for five primary sources and five secondary sources that will then be used in the final project.  Sources should be directly related to the final project’s topic.  Annotations should be a paragraph (about 100 words).

For secondary sources, students should use high-quality scholarly sources, especially scholarly monographs or articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Students should avoid using the textbook, encyclopedia articles, or anonymously authored websites. ALL secondary sources, regardless of format (video, websites, articles, etc.) should be credible and authored by experts and professionals in their field of study geared towards an academic or higher education audience.

The bibliography should NOT include encyclopedias, textbooks, or websites and videos geared towards K-12 or authored (created and published) by unvetted, non-credible sources. For questions on this please watch the video by Dr. Campbell or ask your instructor.

For primary sources, students should be looking for documents that were originally written during the time period they are trying to study. While architectural or archaeological remains certainly do qualify as primary sources which can be used by scholars to reconstruct the past, they are problematic for an assignment like this. Written documents from the past should be your focus!

What is an Annotated Bibliography? 

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources (like a reference list). It differs from a straightforward bibliography in that each reference is followed by a paragraph length annotation, about 100 words in length.

What is the purpose of an Annotated Bibliography? 

· Provide a literature review on a particular subject

· Help to formulate a thesis on a subject

· Demonstrate the research you have performed on a particular subject

· Provide examples of major sources of information available on a topic

· Describe items that other researchers may find of interest on a topic

What am I required to include in my Annotated Bibliography?

For Primary Sources:

· Bibliographic information according to Chicago style.

· The name and background of the author, if known.

· The date the document was originally written, if known.

· The author’s purpose in writing the document and its historical context.

· Any bias displayed by the author.

· The significance of the document (i.e., why should anybody in the present care?).

For Secondary Sources:

· Bibliographic information according to Chicago style.

· The name and scholarly background of the author (education, publications, university appointments, etc.)

· The author’s main argument (note, this is not the same thing as a simple description of the subject matter– what is the author trying to say about this subject?).

· The specific types of evidence used to support the author’s main argument (are they primary sources? Scholarly secondary works?)

· How successful/convincing is the author’s argument?

What are some examples of an Annotated Bibliography? 

Here are some helpful resources that include examples of an Annotated Bibliography:

· Purdue University OWL: Annotated Bibliography Examples (Links to an external site.)

· Chicago Style Annotations (Links to an external site.)

· What is an Annotated Bibliography?  (Links to an external site.)

· How to Write an Annotated Bibliography in Turabian/Chicago Style  (Links to an external site.)

Useful websites for finding primary sources online:

· World History Sources (Links to an external site.)

· Perseus Digital Library (Links to an external site.)

· Ancient History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)

· Medieval History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)

· Women’s History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)

· Diotima (Links to an external site.)
 (Women’s History Sources)

· The Avalon Project (Links to an external site.)

· World Digital Library