Topic 3 Required Reading

Kevin Reilly, The Human Journey, Chapter 6

Website: Wayfinders – &

Website: Pacific Migrations (click on “Next” button at bottom of each page to read all nine pages)

Primary Sources:

Website: Traditional Marshallese Stick Chart Navigation –

Website: Polynesian Stick Charts –

Discussion Prompts:

After reading Chapter 6 and the material at the websites, and viewing the videos, please make a 350-word initial post that answers the following questions about the primary sources:

Before the modern era, most Pacific Islanders navigated the Pacific by forming mental maps of their natural environment, particularly the stars and other celestial bodies, ocean swells, prevailing winds, and by observing the flight of migratory and land-based birds and island-influenced cloud cover. Many developed sophisticated memory aids like stick charts, a form of ocean and island map, what geographers today call hydrographic maps. Maps are cultural constructs and come in all forms. Maps are usually defined as two-dimensional (often printed or drawn) representations of three-dimensional space. The stick charts are made from coconut palms or pandanus reed and cowrie shells. The charts were not taken as actual maps on voyages. They were left on shore. What can the shape, construction, and layout of these stick charts tell you about the culture that produced them as well as its view of its environment? In what ways are stick charts maps? In what ways are they not?

Be sure to go beyond the technical analysis given below the stick chart images by incorporating information from the other websites and the textbook reading.

Assignment: Catalogue Entry

This final assignment requires you to organize your research within the format of a 5- to 7-page entry on a single object in a museum catalogue. While 5 to 7 pages may be slightly longer than many catalogue entries, the extended length is designed for you to accommodate the bulk of your research and discoveries about your object, while also gaining the experience of writing a catalogue entry.

An entry in the published catalogue of an institutional collection or of a temporary exhibition is a very precise type of document. It should identify an object as thoroughly and accurately as possible, while also providing a summary discussion, including, in this case, a thesis or argument specific to the object in question. The entry usually consists of several discrete parts:

  1. A list of the title, artist, date, nationality, size, materials, and acquisition number;
  2. A description of the object;
  3. A narrative commentary, or short essay, about the object;
  4. A list of the object’s provenance;
  5. A bibliography of all sources that discuss this exact object;
  6. A list of all exhibitions that have included this exact object;
  7. Footnotes, as needed, for any of the above;
  8. At least one image of the object; 1-3 additional images may be included to show details or comparisons. All objects illustrated must be referenced in the text.

The narrative commentary is the crux of this assignment. It should be structured as a short essay, with a thesis, topic sentences, and footnotes. It should provide information on the object’s historical, stylistic, and/or biographical context. Depending on the information available, this might include: a concise discussion of the maker’s career and the object’s place within it; a discussion of the object’s function, its iconography, its materials, its style, or its intended owners; aspects of the object that are characteristic of its maker’s style or of its historical era; or other aspects of its history. You will not to be able to discuss every aspect of your object, nor is this necessarily a summary of your presentation. Your narrative should convey the most specific and documentable information that you have found about your object, and should exclude hypothetical interpretations. Keep in mind, however, that your “documentation” may be demonstrated through formal analysis and comparisons, in addition to or instead of archival materials

cultural development in the high renaissance and early mannerism

Essay 1 : Write an essay on the single most important cultural development in the high renaissance and early mannerism (1494-1564)

Focus on one particular cultural development and explain. Support your answers with well-reviewed articles.

*6 academic sources at least*

*3 Pages*

Essay 2: Write an Essay comparing any aspect of the Ancient Roman Empire and the Contemporary American Empire (USA)

Focus on one aspect of each of the empires and then compare. Support your answers with well-reviewed articles. Don’t write generic aspects. Give examples to back up your claims.

*6 academic sources at least*

*3 Pages*

Afro-Eurasian network

Three large parts of the world remained separate from the Afro-Eurasian network. Each had their own experiences and formed their own networks. In what specific ways did the worlds of Inner Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific follow or diverge from three broad patterns of Afro-Eurasian history from 8000 BCE to 1450 CE? What three things can we learn from the different experiences of parallel worlds?

500 word

decorative arts history

Building on the two earlier paper assignments, please select one of the objects you analyzed in Paper 1 or Paper 2 to use as the basis for an 8-10 page research paper. Please use the object as a starting point to investigate issues about decorative arts history that the object introduces. You may want to consider the work broadly as a representative example of a type of decorative object. Your discussion may focus on, among other questions, the following: 1) the object as a type; 2) as representative of a particular style in its form and decoration; 3) as the work of a particular designer or craftsperson, or 4) as specific to a time, place, and culture (context). You may also consider the object theoretically, applying a specific conceptual approach to your discussion (for example, the theory of display or viewer response).


The purpose of this paper is to experience the world of humanities beyond a classroom setting. The material covered in this assignment is based on the period of time covered in our book: ANCIENT TIMES TO THE 1500s. Any material submitted beyond the 1500s WILL BE RETURNED, WITH NO POINTS.


Write a 2-3 page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience and addresses the requirements below.

Format your report according to the Strayer University Writing Standards as detailed in the formatting instructions below.


Select 1 event from the list below and include this event on your title page.

Event A: Museum
Visit to a museum that exhibits items from Ancient times to 1500s

Event B: Live Play/Performance
Attend a live play/performance that exhibits music/literature from Ancient times to 1500s

Event C: Online Play (Amadeus)
Watch parts 1 and 2 of this community theater presentation which is an adaptation of the show ‘Amadeus’.


For events A or B:  Clearly identify the event location, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction upon arriving at the event.

For event C:  Identify the plot of the play and 3 characters.


For event A: Provide specific information and a description of at least two (2) pieces (e.g., art, exhibits, music, etc.). Provide as many details as possible. Make connections of your event with specific chapters of the text.

For events B or C: Choose 2 scenes (1 scene from Part 1 and 1 scene from Part 2). For each scene you have selected:

  • describe in detail what you see (background, props, scenery, etc.)
  • list and describe each character (describe their clothing, accessories, etc.)
  • list one line spoken by one of the characters and describe how the others in the scene react to what is said (facial expressions, body language, verbal response, etc.)


For events A, B, or C: Describe your overall reaction after the event experience. (i.e., Would you visit/view the event again?, Any most/least favorite moments?, etc.)


Formatting and writing standards are part of your grade. Align your formatting to the Strayer University Writing Standards.

View the: Strayer University Writing Standards (SWS)