A RENAISSANCE PORTFOLIO: INVITATION FROM THE MEDICI'S A Webquest http://teacherweb.sewanhaka.k12.ny.us/~careylibrary/renaissance%20webquest.htm This Webquest was designed by Mr. John Vansteen for Ms. McGee's History 9 class. Based on an assignment by Ms. McGee.
Introduction Task Process Resources Conclusion
We, the Medici family of Florence, hereby announce that a weeklong salon will be held in our court. We intend to invite only the best and brightest figures of the Renaissance Era. In order to be considered as a guest to this enlightening event, each applicant must create and submit all of the items from the "Process" section of this Webquest by the date given to you by your teacher.
The Medici's are one of the most prominent families of the Renaissance period. They have ruled Florence from 1434 to 1737. They have traditionally been strong supporters for advancement of the arts and humanities. Be forewarned that it will take your best work to impress them.
Your task is to show us, the Medici family, why you should be invited to our salon. In order to do this, you must discuss and substantiate your contributions to the advancement of the Renaissance culture.
By the time you are done with this Webquest, you will not only have learned about some of the major contributions to, and changes during, the Renaissance period, but you will also practice skills you will need in your own lives, such as the ability to draft a resume and cover letter.
All of the following individuals are invited to apply:
In order to be considered for attendance, you must complete all of the following objectives.
1. Create a Cover Letter
Anyone applying for a position of any type will generally write a cover letter that quickly explains why you want the position and why you deserve it. Examine some other sample letters to give you some ideas. Try to be creative. It is important that you capture the reader's attention.
Click here to view a Sample Cover Letter.
2. Write a Resume
A good resume is no longer than one page long and has some basic information.
Personal data: name, address, etc.
Job objective: position you want and organization you want to work for
Skills summary: key qualities and skills you bring to the position being applied for
Experience: positions you've held, specific duties and accomplishments (where and when)
Education: degrees, courses, apprenticeships, special projects
Other related experience: volunteer work, awards, and achievements
Tips to help you with the resume:
Design the resume to fit the position to be filled
Be specific: numbers, dates, names, etc.
Present the most impressive information first
Use everyday language and short, concise phrases
Use bold face type, indentations, etc. to make the resume more presentable
Click here to view a Sample Resume.
3. Complete Your Portfolio
Three samples of your work must be included.
Each sample must include the title and date of the work.
Each sample should contain a short interpretation of style, purpose, and meaning.
4. Provide References
People being considered for positions must always have their references checked. For this project, that means your bibliography. This should include:
Three sources used in your research (both print and electronic)
Accurate citations using the accepted school district format
Use the OPAC to look up books about the Renaissance that are in your city library. The Dewey Decimal Classification number for information about the Renaissance is 940. However, you should not limit your searching to that. There are books of interest in many other call numbers as well.
Online Databases :
Gale Biography Resource Center
World Book Online
World History Database
Gale Student Resource Center
Art Image Museum Database
Twayne Authors Series
Websites for research :
National Gallery of Art
Images of Renaissance Art
You have been selected to attend the salon at the Medici house. You are now ready to share your Renaissance contributions with the rest of the guests.