ONCE UPON A PROTON

This assignment is more than just a chance to write a fairy tale, it's ALL about giving you the opportunity to SHOW YOUR STUFF.

To be a bit more precise, this is your chance to showcase what you've learned about astronomy so far this semester.

To wit:

Protons are present in any object with matter in the Universe (perhaps not in Dark Matter, since we don't quite know what dark matter is yet)

By carefully and precisely crafting your narrative, you'll take the opportunity to explore different objects in the Universe-- how protons are born, how they group with other protons in different atoms and how they may end their existence.

I'd prefer that you do this as a creative assignment. A "BIG BOOK" (like your kindergarten teacher used to read to you), a WELL CRAFTED comic strip with each slide being one part of the proton's life, a well crafted, 10 part (at least) POEM, Perhaps you'd like to experience being a teacher and create a well CRAFTED lesson plan (based on Mr W's daily lesson plans with Opening Questions, Words of the Day etc...you have WIDE latitude on this.

If you prefer to write, each step of your narrative should be well crafted paragraph (that's 4 - 5 well crafted sentences (hint hint)

Rubric

A printable copy of this rubric is HERE

Birth at appropriate time and appropriate conditions after the Big Bang (3-4 pts)

Birth at incorrect time OR incorrect conditions after Big Bang (2-3 pt)

 

Birth at incorrect time AND incorrect conditions after Big Bang or absent (0 pts)

Death at appropriate time and appropriate conditions in the distant future (3-4 pts)

Death at incorrect time OR incorrect in the distant future (2-3 pt)

 

Death at incorrect time AND incorrect conditions in the distant future  (0 pts)

Proton changes form at least 10 different times in unique or mostly unique ways (2 pts)

Proton changes form 10 different times with some repetition (1 pt)

 

Proton changes infrequently and/or much too much repetition of forms (0 pts)

You take the opportunity to showcase your knowledge of different astronomical features and/or phenomena at each new stage of your story (5 - 4 pts)

You showcase fairly basic astronomical objects with each new stage of your story showing a basic understanding of our course material (3 - 1 pts)

There are few or no major factual errors in your description and/or account of the life of your proton (5 - 4 pts)

There are several major factual errors that detract from your narrative (3 - 1 pts)

 

Your narrative contains frequent major factual errors (0 pts)

Your narrative is well crafted, creative and clearly shows a thoughtful consideration of the material we covered this semester (3 pts)

Your narrative is fairly basic and matter-of-fact (1-2 pt)

 

Your narrative is haphazard, poorly planned and poorly executed (0 pts)
Stretch point - you reach above and beyond our course material to include objects or situations that we haven't covered in class (1 pt)   Not present (0 pts)
Your project includes a list of QUALITY sources such as Scientific American, National Geographic, Smithsonian. (3 pts) Your project includes a list of BASIC high school type sources. (1-2 pts)   Your project cites poor sources (wikipedia, youtube) or none at all (0 pts)