Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Merchant in the Middle Ages

Ms. Arastu's rubric
  1. Who are you (ethnicity, religion)?
  2. Where are you from?
  3. Where are you going?
  4. How will you get there?
  5. How are you going to establish friendly contact with the local authority?
  6. What goods have you for trade?
  7. What would you like in return?
  8. How will you get what you want?
Use Destiny, the online catalog to locate additional resources. We added several video files to the collection. Just follow the instructions in the description to access them  Remember that all digital content is under the Digital Resources tab.

Remember: There is an app for Destiny Quest now! If you have an IOS or Droid device, please download the app. Instructions follow.

Text @wif98337 + msg
User names and passwords to access the database page and the databases (you need to log in to your @ncps-k-12.org Google Apps account to access the document).
  • ABC-CLIO Daily Life 
  • ABC-CLIO World History Ancient Civilizations
  • History in Context (there's an app for that)
  • Discovery/United Streaming
Text what you learn today as you learn it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jr. Research Paper: Recovery & Progress

Research rubric

Use the online catalog, Destiny, to find resources, including ebooks and websites.
This includes, for example, Ben Bernake's lectures - which were highly recommended by Mr. Staffaroni.

Just as an example, here are some eBooks you will find there, but there are many, many more.
This is a critical step in your research process! If you have an IOS or Droid device, please download the Destiny Quest app.

Don't forget to download the Destiny Quest app! Basic --> Library URL: http://destiny.newcanaan.k12.ct.us -->Connect --> New Canaan High School --> log in with your personal NCPS log in User Name & Password  (the one you use to log in to a school computer)
Please consult the Library QuickGuide for information about accessing databases, and documenting and embedding your citations.

  • NEW!!! Sharpe Online Reference
  • Annals of American History (primary source - lots of policy)
  • MorningStar (investment research - includes lots of articles)
  • Proquest National Newspapers (cross-search 8-9 most widely circulated American newspapers, including Wall Street Journal)
  • NewsStand (comprehensive collection of current periodicals)
  • Roper iPoll (public opinion surveys)
  • ABC-CLIO: American History, American Government
  • History in Context: United States (more comprehensive than ABC-CLIO)
  • Academic ASAP (scholarly journals)
  • SIRS Decades (primary sources)
When searching on the web, be crafty:
site: .gov + "economic policy"
site: .org + "economic policy"
These strategies will help limit your search to government and non-profit organizations. play with this. You'll find streamlined results.   

Embedding your research in your writing:

Use internal source acknowledgements when you:
  • use an original idea from one of your sources, whether you quote, summarize or paraphrase it.
  • use factual information that is not common knowledge. Common knowledge is information that recurs in three or more sources. If you are unsure, cite the source. 
  • quote directly from a source. 
  • use a date or fact that might be disputed.
Citing sources in your text:

Please watch tutorial

Cite source briefly in the body of your writing. Cite source again in the works cited/bibliography. In-text references provide continuity to the reader. If he/she wants more information, he/she can refer to the citation in the works cited/bibliography at the end of the paper. Footnotes are discouraged. There must be a clear and definitive relationship between the textual acknowledgement and the citation at the end of the document. 

Parenthetical references should include the author's last name and the page number (if citing part of a text). Omit page number if entire text is referenced. If multiple sources by the same author are used, a shortened version of the title should be included to distinguish one citation from the others. This also applies to article titles if author information is absent.

Friday, March 9, 2012

World Interactions

World Interactions website

Google Doc: Everyone needs to add to this!

There's an app for all Gale products! It's called Gale Access My Library (School Edition).   iPad tutorial   iPhone/Droid tutorial Not sure which are Gale products? Look for red asterisk: *
Hey, Have you seen QuickCite? It's a way cool app for citing print books

You can search the online catalog for this project, because most of what you are looking for is really well covered in print. There is a World Interactions public list under resources

Be sure to keep track of your sources as you go. You don't want to retrace your steps later to locate the information for the bibliography. Almost all of our databases, include a "cite this" feature. It is usually found at the bottom of the page.

Helpful databases include:
Remember user name and password information is posted on p.41 of your NCHS Planner

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica (just to start, no more!)
  • ABC-CLIO: Ancient and Medieval Eras
  • History in Context*
  • Biography in Context*
You can search all ebooks simultaneously in the Gale Virtual Reference Library*
or you can select specific books from the list below. You will get a message that looks like an error message, but just click on the link and enter the password (password only - no user name) 
These resources should help you learn more about most of the topics you are expected to examine. If you have any trouble, please post to the Research & Bibliographies discussion in the forum below. Here are the questions:

Google Scholar is also a brilliant resource for research. You can use this to locate hard-to-find information from digitized books.

General questions
  1. Indicate location of any splits within religion and why (ie: Islamic leadership debate)
  2. Identify any environmental disasters and their impact on society (ie: Black Death)
  3. Trace trade routes (ie: Hanseatic League)
  4. Identify places of battle and indicate any changes in rule (ie: Mongols)
  5. Any similarities with other belief systems (ie: similar flood stories)
  6. What effect did the religion's development and/or movement have on gender roles, education and/or the government of society?

You may have a little trouble with the topics below. I have listed some additional search terms to consider:
Role of Women - famil*, children, marriage
Role in Education - teach*, school*, learn*
Role in Government - politic*, administra*, regime, goverrn*, the proper names of specific rulers, governmental titles (like Queen, or Emperor)
One last thing: most of these topics are pretty mainstream, but
Legalism can present a few challenges. Refer to The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. It will help a lot.
Druids: We have four or five books on the Celts that have extensive entries on Druids - just check the index.
Now, open your email, look for the email from Ms. Goldhawk Subject: World Interactions Project email. Open it. Follow instructions.