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The Art Map of Louisiana Project
The Art Map of Louisiana is the first major project of the school year. The project is central to the geography unit. The project reinforces learning and skills required by the LEAP test, the high-stakes required by the State of Louisiana for entrance to high school. The Art Map of Louisiana Project combines visual and kinestheticlearning styles. The Project uses spatial intelligence asdefined by Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory.The Art Map of Louisiana Project pr imarily addresses GLE #3:
“Construct a map based on given narrative information.”
Thebenchmark addressed is G-1A-M2:
“Interpreting and developing maps, globes, graphs, charts, models, and databases to analyzespatial distributions and patterns.”
 The Art Map also partially addresses, supports, or reviews other GLEs that are measured by the LEAP Test:
5th Grade GLEs
GLE 1: “Describe the characteristics,functions, and applications of various t ypes of maps.”
GLE 2: “Compare the uses of different types of maps, including two different t ypes of maps of the same area.”
GLE 3: “Int erpret a map, using a map key/legend and symbols, distancescale, compass rose, cardinal or  intermediatedirections, and latitude and longitude.”
GLE 4: “Locate major landforms and geographic features, places, and bodies of water/waterways on a map of the United States.”
GLE 5: “Translate a mental map into sketch form to illustrate relative location, size, and distances betweenplaces.”
6th Grade GLEs
GLE #1: “Use latitude and longitude to determine direction or locate or compare points on a map or representation of a globe.”
8th Grade GLEs
GLE #1: “Use time zones in the United States or the International Date Line to interpret a map or representationof a globe and calculate current times in different places.”
GLE #2: “Locate major landforms and geographic features, places, and bodies of water/waterways on a map of Louisiana.”
GLE #4: “Construct a chart or diagram to display geographical information in an organized way.”
GLE #5: “Describe and analyze the distinguishing physical and/or human characteristics of Louisiana regions.”
GLE #10: “Analyze the population characteristics and other demographic information about the United Statesand Louisiana, including rates of increase/decrease for demographic variables.”
GLE #15: “Analyze the benefits and challenges of the Louisiana physical environments on its inhabitants (e.g.,flooding, soil, climate conducive to growing certain plants).”
GLE #16: “ Analyze the distribution and uses of Louisiana's natural resources.”
I will provide you with a set of instructions; you will use them to make a map. I will grade you map using the rubric included inthese instructions.
1. Use a
piece of foam board to create your art map. The art map should be
no less than 20 by 30 inches
. Irecommend 40 x 60 inches for more room to work.2. Draw an
of the State of Louisiana. Include the scale on the map. The easiest way to do this is to use my overheadprojector. Be neat.3. Draw the outlines of the 64
. Label each parish. You may use the map athttp://tinyurl.com/as4qgor http:// tinyurl.com/5w3a6x 4. Indicate groups of parishes. Indicate which parishes are the Florida parishes (seehttp://tinyurl.com/65namm). Indicatewhich parishes are the Acadiana Parishes. Seehttp://www.thecajuns.com/parishes.htm 5. Select a
color scheme
for the map. Water should be blue. Writing should be in black. You may select other colors, butavoid any colors that are hard to see on a white background (such as light yellow).6. Include a
on the map. The legend should explain your color scheme, objects, symbols, and textures. The legendmust show a compass rose, the map scale, Louisiana’s time zone, and note the difference between Louisiana’s time zoneon BOTH standard and daylight savings times and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).7. Note the following
on your map: Louisiana’s population (at the last Census), land area (in square miles), andpersons per square mile. Seehttp://tinyurl.com/6knbza 8. Use a
to indicate each of the following geological regions: the Tertiary Hills
, the Chenier Plain, PleistoceneCoastwise Terraces, Deltaic Plain, Mississippi River Alluvial Plain
, Macon Ridge
, Atchafalaya Basin
, and Bastrop Hills.For help see the maps on this web page:http://tinyurl.com/5h2vyx 9. Indicate the major land resource regions in Louisiana. Seehttp://tinyurl.com/666r47 10. Add the three
cultural regions
of Louisiana. Use the map located at:http://tinyurl.com/5ak4mr  
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11. Add
to your Art Map. The waterways should be in blue. You should include the Mississippi River, the RedRiver, Cane River Lake, the Atchafalaya River, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Lake Borgne, the Gulf of Mexico, theSabine River, and the Pearl River. Add 4 more waterways of your choosing. You may use the map at:http://tinyurl.com/4r73ye 12. Add the nine
cultural subregions
of Louisiana. Use the map located at:http://tinyurl.com/3vtr2s 13. Add
to your map. You must include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles,Alexandria, Ruston, Natchitoches, Coushatta, Colfax, Bogalusa, and Mansfield. Add 4 more cities of your choosing. Givethe latitude and longitude of each city. You may use the map at:http://tinyurl.com/4r73ye14. Using the space outside your outline of Louisiana, add a chart showing the populations of the cities on the map in the 2000Census and an appropriate graph comparing the populations of these cities. This portion of the project addresses GLE #4.Do this part of the assignment using a computer and a spreadsheet program. Spreadsheet programs include MicrosoftExcel, the free OpenOffice.org suite, Apple’s Numbers application in iWork, and the free online Google Spreadsheetapplication. You may print your results in color or in black-and-white and add color with markers.15. Add the locales of the following
ethnic groups
in the state: French Creoles in North and South Louisiana, African-American, Anglo, Belgian, Czech, Croatian, Filipino, German, Greek, Hungarian, Isleño, Italian, Spanish (other thanIsleño), and Vietnamese or other Asians. Use the map at:http://tinyurl.com/5oeo8d 16. Add the locales of the following
Native American tribes:
Chitimacha, Choctaw, Houma, Koasati (Coushatta), andTunica-Biloxi. For some of these groups you may use the map at:http://tinyurl.com/5kj2ll 17. Add majo
to your map. Include I-10, I-12, I-20, I-49, I-55, I-59, I-220, I-310, Highway 1, Highway 65 (do notconfuse with I-65), Highway 71, Highway 90, and the River Road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. You may usethe map at:http://tinyurl.com/4r73ye 18. Add
to your map. Include Destrehan (http://tinyurl.com/55cfd6
), Houmas House (http://tinyurl.com/5hkd8p
),Nottoway (http://tinyurl.com/583oa6
), Oak Alley (http://tinyurl.com/573u29
), San Francisco (http://tinyurl.com/5upe3b
),Madewood (http://tinyurl.com/5gsprj
), Magnolia Mound (http://tinyurl.com/5mc7oz
), Melrose (http://tinyurl.com/5oolfv
),and the Myrtles (http://tinyurl.com/5heunv
).19. Add majo
to your art map. The five major crops of Louisiana are cotton, soybeans
, rice, sugarcane
, and corn.Indicate the parishes with these crops on the Louisiana's Agriculture Map athttp://www.aitcla.org/files/AITC_MAP.2004.pdf  Copyright 2011 by Paul Blankenship. Some rights reserved.Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view acopy of this license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 SecondStreet, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
Art Map Rubric 10 5 Zero
1. Project Board Student used the requiredminimum size 20 x 30” white foamboard. The map fills almost all of the project board.The student used something otherthan the recommended board.No project submitted.2. Outline The outline of the state is neatand to scale.The outline of the state is lessthan neat and/or not to scale.No project submitted or the outlineis very messy or poorly drawn.3. Parishes The parishes are clearly labeledand neatly drawn to scale.The parishes were not neatlydrawn to scale or some labels aremissing or unreadable.The parishes were not drawn and/or not labeled.4. Groups of Parishes The map clearly indicates therequired groups of parishes.The map indicates some groups of parishes or the indication isunclear.No groups of parishes indicated orthe work is very messy.5. Color Scheme The map is colorful yet tasteful.Colors compliment one another.Color use is logical (e.g., blue forwater).Colors are used but are notcoordinated. Color use seemsrandom (e.g., pink for water).The map lacks color or the use of color is sloppy or very limited.6. Legend The legend follows all of thedirections and is neat andorganized.The legend follows most of thedirections and is readable.The legend does not follow most of the directions or is messy.
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Art Map Rubric 10 5 Zero
7. UTC v. Louisiana’s Time Zones The legend includes a note aboutLouisiana’s time zone (bothstandard and daylight savingstime) and the difference betweenLouisiana’s time and CoordinatedUniversal Time.The legend includes a note aboutLouisiana’s time zone (bothstandard and daylight savingstime) and the difference betweenLouisiana’s time and CoordinatedUniversal Time but the informationis inaccurate or incomplete.The map lacks information aboutCoordinated Universal Time and/orLouisiana’s time zone.8. Statistics All statistics in the instructions areaccurately included on the map.Some statistics in the instructionsare accurately included on themap.The statistics are not included orare not accurate.9. Textures A different texture is used for eachof the eight major geologicalregions.The representation of geologicalregions is incomplete but includesat least four regions.Textures are not used to representthe geological regions or therepresentation is inaccurate ormessy.10. Major Land Resource Regions The major land resource regionsare neatly and clearly indicated.Some (over half) of the major landresource regions are neatly andclearly indicated.Half or less than half of the majorland resource regions are neatlyand clearly indicated.11. Major Cultural Regions The three major cultural regionsare clearly indicated on the map.Two of the three major culturalregions are clearly indicated onthe map.One (or less) of the three majorcultural regions is clearly indicatedon the map or the indication ismessy or inaccurate.12. Waterways All required waterways are neatly,clearly, and accurately indicated inblue.51% to 99% of the requiredwaterways are neatly, clearly, andaccurately indicated in blue.Less than 51% of the waterwaysare neatly, clearly, and accuratelyindicated in blue.OR: The waterways are not neatly,clearly, and accurately indicated inblue.13. Cultural Subregions The nine cultural subregions areneatly, clearly, and accuratelyindicated.At least six of the nine culturalsubregions are neatly, clearly, andaccurately indicated.Less than six of the nine culturalsubregions are neatly, clearly, andaccurately indicated.OR: The cultural subregions arenot neatly, clearly, and accuratelyindicated.14. Cities All required cities are neatly,clearly, and accurately labeled.At least 51% of the required citiesare neatly, clearly, and accuratelylabeled.Less than 51% of the requiredcities are neatly, clearly, andaccurately labeled.OR: The cities are not neatly,clearly, and accurately indicated.15. Ethnic Groups All ethnic groups required in theinstructions are included in themap. They are clearly, neatly, andaccurately indicated.51% or more of the ethnic groupsrequired in the instructions areincluded in the map. They areclearly, neatly, and accuratelyindicated.50% or less of the ethnic groupsrequired in the instructions areincluded in the map. They areclearly, neatly, and accuratelyindicated.OR: The ethnic groups are notclearly, neatly, and accuratelyindicated.
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