Timebook Information

After we complete each Social Studies unit in class on medieval studies, students will be assessed by creating two Timebook pages for that unit. This assessment will be done independently in class so that students may demonstrate not only what they learned about the topic, but also their ability to take information and communicate it originally and effectively.

Below is a description of each unit’s requirements and scoring rubric (which is also provided to students in class):

Your knowledge of each unit will be assessed throughout the year by creating Timebook material of the content in your own words. Unit content will be assessed using the rubric attached. 

All work should be:

  • In your OWN WORDS
  • Include ACCURATE and RELEVANT information
  • Include 2 color drawings or internet images that are historically accurate and relevant to each unit’s topic each with a one-sentence caption in your own words
    Page Requirements
    Front Cover/Table of Contents
    • Appropriate title having to do with one of the topics listed below
    • Colorful artwork related to topic
    • Student first and last name
    • Table of Contents (this page) placed in the back of the Cover Page
    Ancient Egypt 

    Complete 3 of the 5 items 

    • Draw a map of the physical features of Egypt and Kush
    • Describe how 3 environmental factors influenced life in Canaan in 6-8 sentences total
    • Draw an outline of one of the Egyptian pharaohs, and explain what he accomplished during their rule. (6-8 sentences)
    • Draw Egypt’s social pyramid, and include a 3-sentence description of each social class
    • Explain Kush’s location and natural resources and how it made Kush a trading hub with Egypt. Also include how Egypt influenced Kush. (8 sentences total)
    West Africa

    Complete 3 of the 5 items

    • Create a hand-drawn color map of the 3 West African Kingdoms

    on one map with a legend and years of each kingdom

    • Recount the history of Ghana’s trans-Saharan trade (5 sentences)
    • Write about the gold-salt trade between Wangara and Taghaza in 5 sentence
    • Write about how Islam affected 2 areas: choose from religious practices, government, education, language, architecture, and decorative arts (2 sentences each)
    • Choose one aspect of African legacy (oral and written traditions, music, or visual arts) and write a 5 sentence summary
    Sumer and Mesopotamia

    Must complete BOTH items

    • Describe at least 4 reasons why historians classify Sumer as a civilization
    • Draw a web of the 4 empires of Mesopotamia. Include the years for each empire, who ruled, how each was governed. In the center part of the web should be the word Mesopotamia
    Middle East

    Complete 3 of 5 items 

    • Draw a map of the Arabian Peninsula, labelling the major trade cities and surrounding water 
    • Create a timeline of Muhammad’s life, the four caliphs, and the Umayyad Dynasty, including 12-14 events total
    • Draw a graphic organizer of Islam’s teachings (5 pillars PLUS Qu’ran and Sunnah, Jihad, and Sharia Law, making sure to write a two-sentence description for each part
    • Write about 4 Muslim contributions in detail with 4-5 sentences each
    • Describe the experiences of Christians, Muslims, and Jews during the Crusades (4-5 sentences each)

    Complete ALL 3 items

    • Create a table for the following Jewish leaders: Abraham, Moses, King David, and King Solomon. Explain the major events in each person’s life, as well as what they contributed to Judaism (5 sentences per person)
    • Create four squares that each show a central teaching of Judaism, and describe the importance of each one (3 sentences each)
    • Draw a map that shows Jewish Diaspora, including years

    Complete BOTH items

    • Draw a physical map of India that shows the following: Brahmaputra River, Ganges River, Deccan Plateau, Eastern and Western Ghats, Himalaya Mountains, Hindu Kush Mountains, Indus River, Thar Desert
    • Draw pictures of 5 items that archeologists found at Mohenjodaro. Include a 2 sentence caption for each one explaining what it shows about the civilization

    Complete 3 items

    • Describe the four main social classes in Hinduism and their roles (2 sentences each)
    • Draw a circle and inside explain Hindu belief about Brahman in 4-5 sentences. Around the outside of the circle, explain how Hindus honor their deities (3-4 sentences)
    • Explain the 3 important gods and their partners, including what each god does (2 sentences each)
    • Describe what Dharma, Karma, and Samsara mean to Hindus (3 sentences each)

    Complete ALL 3 items

    • Create a timeline of Prince Siddhartha’s life, including at least 6 points about his birth, royalty, discovering suffering, becoming an ascetic, and becoming Buddha, including years
    • Create four squares, and inside each one, describe each of the Four Noble Truths (one sentence each)
    • Draw a circle with 8 spokes, and explain each step of the Eightfold Path on each each spoke (one sentence each)

    Complete 3 of the items 

    • Create a chart that explains the Tang Dynasty/Aristocracy, Song Dynasty/Meritocracy, Mongol Rule, and Ming Dynasty/Civil Service System (3 sentences for each)
    • Explain how China’s agriculture changed, how trade and commerce grew, and characteristics of China’s cities. Describe the results of urbanization. (2 sentences each)
    • Choose 1 Chinese discovery or invention, describe it in 3 sentences, and draw a picture to represent it
    • Create a chart that shows foreign contact for the Tang Dynasty, Mongol Rule, Ming Dynasty (3 sentences)



    Medieval Europe

    Complete 5 of the items 

    • Explain the Roman legacy in one topic of your choice (art, architecture, writing, or law) (4 sentences
    • Drawing of feudalism pyramid with pictures and descriptions of each part (3 sentences each)
    • Write about the role and power of the church (2 topics of your choice, 3 sentences each)
    • Describe life in medieval towns (3 topics of your choice, 3 sentences each)
    • Magna Carta and its importance (5 sentences)
    • Explain the Bubonic Plague and its impact (5 sentences) 
    • Write about the events of the Hundred Years’ War and its impact (5 sentences)
    • Describe Constantinople in comparison to Western Europe (5 sentences)
    • Detail what happened with Justinian I and Theodora (5 sentences)
    • Create a Venn Diagram that compares/contrasts at least 3 different categories between Medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire

    Complete 3 of the items 

    • Create a chart that includes descriptions of classical art, medieval art, and renaissance art, with 5 aspects for each period
    • Choose growth of trade and commerce, influence of Italian city-states, OR the growth of humanism and describe it in 5 sentences
    • Describe the city of Florence in 4 sentences
    • Choose an advance in Florence to explain in 5 sentences
    • Choose a leading figure during the Renaissance and include a picture as well as a paragraph describing his/her life and contributions in 6 sentences

    Complete 3 of the items 

    • Explain how the Catholic church was weakened in 6 sentences
    • Choose one person who called for church reform and outline their life in 4 sentences
    • Write about the life of Martin Luther in his push for church change and starting his own church in 8 sentences
    • Create a chart that includes Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anglicanism, and include the 4 aspects of each. Write one sentence for each aspect
    • Explain the Counter-Reformation and the effects of the Reformation in 4 sentences each
    Score Cover Page and Table of Contents Content Accuracy and Relevance on Unit Page Writing Fluency Conventions
    5 Cover page has appropriate title, student name and thoughtful artwork in color, includes Table of Contents Writing and pictures have exceptionally accurate and relevant details that provide insight into the medieval history and culture of the region. Writing shows exemplary flow with a variety of complex sentences that eases the reading of the material. 0-3 editing errors
    4 Cover page has appropriate title, student name, and adequate artwork, includes Table of Contents Writing and pictures have adequate facts that are both accurate and relevant for the medieval history and culture of the region. Writing fluency is present throughout the page, with some variety of complex sentences. The writing is easy to navigate. 4-5 editing errors
    3 Cover page has appropriate title, student name, and minimal/ incomplete artwork, includes Table of Contents Writing and pictures demonstrate some inaccuracies and/or irrelevant details (1-3) that detract from the medieval culture and history of the region. Writing fluency lacks a variety of complex sentences at times, which causes some difficulty in the reading of the material. 6-7 editing errors
    2 Cover page has appropriate title, student name, but missing artwork, includes Table of Contents Writing and pictures display many inaccuracies and/or irrelevant information (more than 3) that misinform the reader about the medieval history and culture of the region. Writing fluency consistently lacks a variety of complex sentences, which causes great difficulty in comprehending the material. 8 or more editing errors
    1 or 0 Incomplete/missing
    Page Score/Comments
    Cover Page/Table of Contents
    Sumer and Mesopotamia
    West Africa
    Ancient Egypt
    Middle East
    Middle Ages in Europe