Note: Mr. Aguirre does not qualify as an Ancient Artifact

Graph It Design
Duration: 3-4 weeks

Downloadable Project Sheet

The “Graph It Design” Project

The goal of Graph It Design is to have students walk the fine line between objectivity and subjectivity when it comes to works of art created by Ancient Civilizations (3000 B.C. - 500 A.D.). The students will reinvent an image into its basic linear form, which will allow them to determine what is essential to a masterpiece.

Scope of Work

Every team of two (2) students is responsible for creating a linear graph on Microsoft Excel of an artifact dating back to the Ancient World.


Original Image
Hand-plotted Image
Connect the Dots
Excel Table & Graph
Master Action Plan
Work In Progress (WIP) Meetings & Emails
Individual Digital Portfolio



The Original Image must:
-- Be an approved historical artifact (i.e. painting, sculpture, structure, pottery, jewelry, etc.)
-- Be from an Ancient Civilization (3000 B.C. - 500 A.D.)
-- Be maximized on an 8.5" by 11" piece of paper

The Hand-plotted Image must:
-- Have a washed out version of the Original Image
-- Have a detailed grid with X- & Y-axis
-- Have defined points with connecting lines
-- Have at least 180 lines
-- Have the X- & Y-axis centered on the image
-- Have a combination of horizontal, vertical, positive/negative sloped lines
-- Have all the lines checked for correctness using the Line Grapher Program
-- Exceeding Expectations: Have a few shaded areas with the use of inequalities

Connect the Dots must be completed before moving onto the Excel Graph.

The Excel Table & Graph must:
-- Show all the fixed (x) and generated (y) values of the points on the table
-- Have all the points and lines on the graph
-- Have the Table and Graph on separate tabs
-- Be titled and labeled
-- Be stylized using available tools
-- Have the artist names
-- Exceeding Expectations: Using the table calculate the total length of ALL the lines

The Master Action Plan must:
-- Have ALL detailed items for the successful completion of the project
-- Reflect weekly benchmarks via the dates
-- Have team member assignments

The Work In Progress (WIP) Meetings & Emails must:
-- Have an up-to-date Master Action Plans PRINTED/ATTACHED
-- Establish completion of Weekly Benchmarks
-- Express via email or during private meetings regarding WIP problems with partnerships

The following benchmarks are to be completed by the end of the respective week.

Understanding of Proposal & Initial Master Action Plan, Choose Original Image
Complete Hand-plotted Image and Connect the Dots
Finish Excel Table & Graph, Finalize Portfolio

The Digital Portfolio must:
-- Include the Location, History, & Description of the artifact
-- Explain the process step by step with images, links, and text
-- Post the Original & Hand-plotted images
-- Have working hyperlinks to the Excel Table & Graph and Final Master Action Plans
-- Have a reflection covering "what went well, what could you do better, & what did you learn about yourself" in regards to the project itself AND the partnership


Grading Criteria

Downloadable Scoring Sheet

The students will be working in teams of two (2), but they will each receive an individual grade. The varying weights for the following criteria will determine their overall score.
-- Thoughtfulness & Thoroughness
-- Work Ethic & Behavior
-- Deadlines & Deliverables
-- Exceeding Expectations

Additional Info

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Greek Anphora

Student Work

Sample Mathterpieces [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

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