World Cultures I

UNDERSTANDING THE ASSIGNMENT: PROJECT PAPER – COMPARATIVE ESSAYWrite a 3-4 page essay (750-1,000 words) which adequately address the topic and requirements stated below. Format your essay according to this formatting and writing standards document. This document includes examples of in-text citations and other great items!STEP 1: TOPIC SELECTIONSelect a topic from the list below and include this topic on your title page.Ancient Male RulersSelect any two (2) of these rulers: Ramses II, Shihuangdi, Constantine, Ashoka, Pericles, or Charlemagne. Select rulers from different cultures.Ancient Female RulersCompare the Tang Empress Wu Zetian (also known as Empress Wu or as Wu Zhao; ruled China around 690-705 AD) with either the Pharaoh Cleopatra (ruled Egypt around 51-31 BC) or the Pharaoh Hatshepsut (ruled Egypt around 1478-1458 BC).Sculptures of Ancient India and GreeceCompare Sculptures of Ancient India and Greece. Compare the way gods and humans were depicted in sculpture in ancient India and Greece, and identify the cultural values and ideals that these art works reflect in each case.STEP 2: THESISIn your first paragraph, establish a clear thesis about your chosen subjects that addresses:who or what you are comparingthe dates covered for each3-4 sentences on the reason for your choiceSTEP 3: SIMILARITIES & DIFFERENCESHelp: When comparing subject A with subject B in a comparative essay you should be mentioning both subjects in your paragraph. Please do not do the first half of the essay on subject A and then the second half on subject B–that will seem like two (2) separate essays and comparisons will tend to get lost. Using reasonable and scholarly resources:compare 2 ways your subjects are similarcompare 2 ways your subjects are differentSTEP 4: CULTURAL DIFFERENCESHelp: Remember to compare subjects directly, versus separating your discussion about each.

Consider your findings on the similarities and differences mentioned earlier and what it might suggest about differences between the subjects’ cultures. Using reasonable and scholarly resources:compare 3 ways your subjects’ cultures are differentSTEP 5: MODERN DAY EXAMPLESUsing reasonable and scholarly resources:suggest a modern day example of your first subject, and provide a rationale for your suggestionsuggest a modern day example of your second subject, and provide a rationale for your suggestionSTEP 6: CONCLUSIONIn a concluding paragraph, summarize 2 things you learned that in some way ties together with your original thesis. STEP 7: REFERENCES & CITATIONSInclude a reference page that identifies at least 3 references. The class text may be included in the list of 3 or more.In-text citations are required when paraphrasing or quoting another source. (i.e., STEPS 3, 4, and 5 above)STEP 8: DOUBLE CHECK FORMATTINGFormatting and writing standards are part of your grade. Align your formatting to the standards document included at the top of this assignment.



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