ART101 ASSIGNMENT 4: Compare and Contrast Essay

Help me study for my History class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.

In this assignment, you will draw on the information you learned in the readings and videos from the Week 4 and 5 Modules. Write a 700–1000-word essay that compares and contrasts one work of art from Mesopotamia and one work of art from Egypt. Use the Overview Pages for week 4 and week 5 to locate the specific pages and videos that contain information about the works you compare and contrast.

Choose specific works listed in the table below. Compare and contrast at least 4 things about these artworks.

OPTION 1

OPTION 2

OPTION 3

A. Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

WITH

B. Palette of Narmer

A. Law Code Stele of Hammurabi

WITH

B. Palette of Narmer

A. Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions

Wall Reliefs

WITH

B. House Altar Depicting Nefertiti and Akhenaten

FOLLOW THE STANDARD STRUCTURE OF AN ESSAY:

  • Paragraph 1: Introduction (State what the key ideas of what you are going to discuss in the first paragraph)
  • Body or Middle Paragraphs: (Discussion naming particular facts about the works from the course material and observations of the works. Probably 4 paragraphs)
  • Final Paragraph: Conclusion (Restate the key ideas and state a Conclusion)

RESOURCES:

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A4-Compare and contrast Essay.

SOURCES FOR YOUR ESSAY:

  • Use the works of art listed in the table above. Choose Option 1 or 2. Compare and contrast aspects of A and B.
  • All writing MUST be in your own words. (plagiarizing even part of a phrase will earn you a zero for the Assignment)
  • Use the facts you have learned from class readings, videos, podcasts, etc., but DO NOT copy and paste text.
    Note: If you use outside resources, you must cite that resource at the end of your document. If it’s determined that you have used other sources and not listed them or copied and pasted information without putting it into your own words, you will earn a zero for the assignment.

SUGGESTED TOPICS OR THINGS TO COMPARE:

  • The political structure of the time
  • Time period/ dates
  • Geography
  • People
  • Economics
  • The subject matter (what is the work about)
  • Religion
  • Cultural groups
  • Evidence of writing

Point Value: 20

Due Date: Friday, September 25, at 11:59 No late assignments will be accepted.

File format: PDF File saved as: Lastname_Firstinitial AS4.pdf

Rubric

Compare and Contrast

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTHESIS

4.0 to >3.5 pts

Above Average

The essay includes a thesis or organizing idea. Concept or thesis is based on significant similarities AND significant differences. The thesis accurately explains, in art historical terms, the similarities and differences observed. Incorporated Art historical Methodologies

3.5 to >2.5 pts

Above Average

The essays includes a thesis and or organizing idea that demonstrates individualized thought and articulation

2.5 to >0.5 pts

Average

Minimally stated idea of thesis or organizing concept.

0.5 to >0 pts

Below Average

No submission and or No thesis stated.

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCLEAR COMPARATIVE POINTS

4.0 to >3.5 pts

Superior

The similarities and differences chosen help illuminate a significant art historical point relating to subject, style, context, function and patronage

3.5 to >2.0 pts

Above Average

The similarities and differences chosen are very interesting, and broad enough that they can be supported by visual and historical details relating to subject, style, context, function and patronage, etc.

2.0 to >0.0 pts

Average

The similarities and differences chosen are interesting, but there isn’t much said about them in terms of description or explanation, and/or The similarities and differences chosen are minor details that don’t provide the structure for a good comparison.

0.0 pts

Below Average

No submission

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCONTENT

4.0 to >3.0 pts

Clear and detailed explanations

The essay clearly explains similarities and differences between the works of art in terms of the religious, political, social or economic circumstances of their production

3.0 to >2.5 pts

Attempts to explain

B level answer: The essay attempts to explain similarities and differences between the works of art in terms of the religious, political, social or economic circumstances of their production

2.5 to >0.0 pts

Minimal Explantion

C Level answer: The explanation of the similarities and differences is superficial, evolutionary or disregards the circumstances of artistic production.

0.0 pts

No Submission

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeVISUAL ANALYSIS

4.0 to >3.0 pts

The essay uses at least four good visual points to support its thesis

3.0 to >2.5 pts

The essay uses at least one good visual point to support its thesis.

2.5 to >0 pts

Mentions appearance of the works of art, but does not analyze them.

The essay makes little to no reference to the appearance of the works of art. Has little to no analysis of the art, or, No submission

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSTRUCTURE

4.0 to >3.5 pts

The essay has an Introduction, body and conclusion

Conclusion is a strong resolution that demonstrates understanding of the period

3.5 to >2.5 pts

The essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion

Conclusion is cursory or weak.

2.5 to >1.0 pts

The essay has a somewhat coherent structure, but lacks fundamental components of introduction and conclusion

1.0 to >0 pts

Lists works with bullets or concepts, or not essay form, or, no submission

4.0 pts

Total Points: 20.0

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