Castle/Cathedral Project and Presentation
- Due on Thursday 18 December or Friday 19 December (sign-up to follow
- Purchase either Castle or Cathedral by David Macauley in the bookstore
- Choose a castle or cathedral of your own to study:
- Must have been predominantly constructed between 800-1300
- Check the following websites for links to possible structures:
- Does not need to be intact now
- Can be in any western European country
- Sign-up for your castle/cathedral in class on Monday 1 December
- Collect information on your structure
- Choose a method of presentation (website or poster, no power point!
If you want to discuss another type of presentation you can negotiate
with Dr. Myers…)
- Once your written material is done, decide how best to teach your
classmates about your castle/cathedral in class. You must highlight
connections to Macauley, but also show how your structure is unique/significant
in its history and what role it plays in the modern world.
Intellectual Content (25% of course grade)
- Integration of Macauley (architectural features as well as the social
role of the structure)
- Understanding & connection to class (should refer to either Bishop
or Power as well)
- Referencing/Works Cited sheet (see attached sheet for further specifics)
Presentation (15% of course grade)
- Visuals (must be on one surface - you should be able to push print
once at a webpage or you can use a more traditional paper method…and
you must hand in what you want me to grade.)
- Oral presentation must be 10-15 minutes in length
Questions to consider in researching and presenting your castle/cathedral…
- How is your castle/cathedral similar to that presented by Macauley
in his book? How is it different?
- What are the modern uses of your structure?
- Have any major events happened at your structure?
- Are there any (in)famous personalities associated with your castle/cathedral?
- If it is a ruin, how did it get that way? How do we know how it looked
- Have there been additions or alterations made to your castle/cathedral
since it was originally constructed?
According to The
Compass, "Plagiarism is the act of taking the work of another
and presenting it as one's own, without acknowledgement of the original
source. ...It is always the responsibility of the student to provide precise
sources for all ideas, information, or data he or she has borrowed or
adapted. Simply listing sources in a bibliography is not sufficient. Students
who use information from the World Wide Web are expected to follow these
same guidelines for the citation of sources."
Despite the unorthodox format of this research project, it is still important
that you provide references for all the information you use in your written
and oral presentations of your work. To account for the fact that it may
be difficult for you to insert proper footnotes or endnotes within your
material, I am requiring you to provide a Works Cited sheet on the day
you present your castle/cathedral. While a bibliography lists all the
sources you consult when writing your paper, a Works Cited list only includes
items you actually USE in writing the paper. The works in your Works Cited
should be alphabetized by author's last name, and you may mix the types
of materials altogether, or separate by type (books, articles, websites,
In addition, if you are able to refer to specific page numbers within
your presented material, or can indicate "as Macauley points out
on page ##…" while you are presenting, it will help you to a
Examples of Citations
Bishop, Morris. The Middle Ages. Boston and New York: Houghton
Mifflin Company, 1968.
Columbia University Media Center for Art History. "Notre Dame de
Historic Scotland. "Edinburgh Castle." <http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/
Macauley, David. Castle. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977.
Macauley, David. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction. New
York: Houghton Mifflin
Power, Eileen. Medieval Women. Cambridge: Cambridge University
- If you need help selecting a castle/cathedral or if you are struggling
to find sources, be sure to ask for help.
- If you need assistance with the proper format for citing other types
of sources, be sure to ask in class, or ask Dr. Myers during office
hours or via e-mail. There is no reason not to have proper referencing
in your project.