All assignments must be final draft items. Spelling or grammar errors
will lower your grade. All rough drafts must be edited and revised within
your groups. All assignments must be printed in blue or black ink, or typed.
Articles and editorials should be written in columns.
In order to learn more about Ancient Greece, you will complete a creative
project, based on some research.
You will work with your table group to complete the following requirements:
A cover that includes a picture, the title, and other appropriate information
such as price, articles inside, etc.), and a back cover.
A Table of Contents page
A variety of original advertisements, a minimum of 4
A variety of original articles, a minimum of 4; the articles must demonstrate
that research has been done.
A fun page with comics, word games, puzzles, jokes, etc.
A separate bibliography of sources consulted; NO BIBLIOGRAPHY? NO GRADE!
This project will earn THREE MAJOR GRADES from the following categories:
Creativity (in articles, ads, overall concept)
Each project should be as authentic and creative as possible. In order
to achieve this, you will find it necessary to research some areas of Ancient
Greece, and a bibliography must be completed to verify your sources. When
writing your articles, select appropriate articles for a specific audience.
Strive to make your magazine as professional looking as possible- research
on your own at home or in stores: what do good magazines look like?
Remember, the quality of your production should be evident to the reader.
Set the time period to be about 200 BC. No modern items will be allowed!
SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS FOR YOUR MAGAZINE
For the Editorials
Choose from the following categories:
Letters to the editor from the reading public with a reply from the editor
Letter from the editor to the public to introduce an issue
Opinion editorial, where the editor takes a stand on a controversial issue.
This is persuasive writing.
For the Articles
Add variety; choose from the following categories:
Interview an "expert" in the field
Create a short story set in Ancient Greek Times
Review a play, an event, etc. (pretend you went to a play, think of the
ones that were performed in class)
"How toÖ" (change a wheel on a chariot, etc.)
Analyze recent events, especially political ones
Preview new events or products for the future
Use mythology as a starting point and create something from there- write
your own Greek myth using the Greek Gods
Review new books on the market
Invent your own ideas!
Donít make them all the same type, style, or use the same tone.
Do something new with myths; DO NOT just retell a story (interview the
goddess or hero; make up what happened next to the person; have a god write
a guest column)
Use bolder print or handwriting for article titles or headlines; make it
look like a title.
Break up the printed page somehow- use columns; insert a key quote in the
middle of the page to grab attention; use pictures that relate to the articles.
A few no-no's concerning requirements: no recipes, horoscopes, or advice
columns. These MAY be used as embellishment, but not for the requirements.
Let there be no doubt in the readerís mind that you did some research.
It does not have to show in all articles, but should be obvious
all the same.
Meet the minimum requirements for a minimum grade; anything you add above
and beyond will only improve the quality.
Use the literature we have read to help you!
For the Ads
Set them apart visually from the articles
Make them look different from each other; donít make it look as
if the same advertising agency did all the ads.
Add variety in size, print, etc.
Create unique products; use your mythology!
Create unique slogans for the products.
Design the ad carefully- manipulate where the eye will travel as one reads
Nothing modern allowed!
Greek Magazine Grading Information
When I read your magazines, I will read them for pleasure, expecting
that they should earn all Aís in every category. When I find some problems
(like from the list below), I will have to lower the grade somewhat. Avoid
these pitfalls and you will have higher grades!
The Writing Ability
"Sounds like a book." This is the kiss-of-death. The articles should read
informally, and not sound like a text. Use lots of first person, chatty
More than five consecutive words from any one source is copying. This will
destroy your grade.
If it sounds "old" it will be bad. The articles should sound fresh, as
if the events have just taken place. AVOID "the history ofÖ" articles;
do something different with that information youíve learned.
No variety hurts; if all the articles sound the same and have the same
approach, it will hurt.
Articles that are too short will also hurt. We WANT to learn from them!
The Creativity Grade
Articles that are NOT creatively presented; if they are artistically uninteresting
they are boring.
No variety in the approach will hurt; if everything looks and sounds the
same it, again, is boring.
Ads that all look the same will hurt; be sure to make them look as if different
ad agencies created them.
Ads that are not intersperced well in the magazine will look unprofessional.
Be sure to usse your space well by filling up blank areas with ads.
Pictures must look like from the Ancient Greek Age.
The Overall Production Grade
BLANK SPACE!!! Have no blank pages, columns, etc.
Titles that donít look like titles are inappropriate. Be sure to use another
size print or typeface so that they stand out on the page.
Inappropriate pictures. EVERY picture should look like the ancient Greeks
or the Greek land. Be VERY careful of using contemporary pictures from
todayís magazines, especially ones with humans in them!!
Shoddy workmanship; donít let it look like you did it at the last minute!
GREEK MAGAZINE PROJECT
Verify that you have met the requirements for the project by completing
Title of the magazine: ___________________________________________