Assessment task 2: Instructions
Produce two texts (one factual and one fictional), which imagine life in ancient Rome. These texts can either be produced by hand or using a range of suitable computer software or web 2.0 tools. The intended audience for these texts is aged 11–13.
Factual: This text must inform the reader about everyday life in ancient Rome, taking into consideration one of the following: social structures, law or religion. It must include text and images and can be in any format of your choice. You may choose to adapt the text styles and formats you have studied, or create your own new ones. This text should be finished by the end of week 8 of the unit.
Fictional: This text must help the reader to engage with ancient Rome on an emotional level. You may choose to adapt the text styles and formats you have studied, or create your own new ones. Examples could include (but are not limited to): an imaginary diary entry, a short story, prose or poetry. This text can either be in a purely written format, or you may wish to include multimodal elements. This text should be finished 2 weeks after the unit ends.
Both texts must include an introductory ‘Author’s note’ that gives:
- a brief overview of the text topic
- a brief overview of the sources you used to inform this topic, including how much of your writing is based on fact and how much is your interpretation
- your personal interpretation of the topic you are studying, including a statement of your personal beliefs about the topic (for example, gladiators, slavery, Roman religion or the role of women in Roman society) and a statement outlining how the texts you have read have interpreted the same topic (your interpretation may be the same as the ones you have read or it may be different)
- your reasons for choosing your text style and structure in terms of your intended audience.
The author’s note for each text should be 300–400 words long. It is recommended that you write it after you have finished the text. You should also include a bibliography which acknowledges the books, websites and other resources you used (this should include, but is not limited to, the texts you studied in class).