Thursday, December 20, 2012

Greece & Rome travel project

Your assignment

Since you will document your research before compiling your video, Please consult electronic resources including, Destiny, and the database page. Instructions fro accessing the database page are here.

Destiny Quest

By now, you should have the the app on your device. If not, here are the instructions to download it. We have lots of eBooks on Greece and Rome in the online catalog. Be sure to use the "Digital Resources" tab to locate electronic content. We have a new tutorial that shows students how to navigate the different eBook platforms. It follows.

Since you will be documenting your work, please use EasyBib. You should collaborate your bibliography with your group-mates and Ms. Macomber.

The recommended databases for this project follow:
        • ABC-CLIO World History: Ancient Civilizations
        • ABC-CLIO Daily Life Throughout History
        • History in Context
        • Ancient & Medieval World (Marshall Cavendish)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Crucible

You've all had a few days to explore connections between The Crucible and the real world, and it's time to give us an update. You have some deadlines this week. Please log in to your Google Apps account to enter your responses to the following questions on the following dates. You can update your responses any time. 
  1. December 14: What is your research topic?
  2. December 18, 2012: What keywords are working for you?
  3. December 20, 2012: What is your research question?
  4. January 4, 2013: What is your thesis statement? 

Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)

If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).

By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
        • ProQuest National Newspapers (major newspapers from today)
        • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (NYT + Hartford Courant since 1763)
        • NewsStand (thousands of contemporary newspapers & magazines)
        • Opposing Viewpoints (pro/cons on topics + supporting resources)
        • ABC-CLIO Issues (just like above, but different vendor)
        • ABC-CLIO American Government (useful for documents)
        • Annals of American History (primary source database - goes way back in U.S. History) 
        • Roper iPoll (public opinion survey)

This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib. Use this Note-Taking Rubric (left, below) as a guide when creating your notes. Consult the examples to guide you (right, below).

EasyBib Note D

EasyBib Note C

Ms. Swan will begin working with you on your infographic on Wednesday, December 19th. In the meantime, continue to research and take your notes in EasyBib. 

Contemporary Issues Inquiry

Your Assignment

To help prepare sophomores for their junior research paper in the upcoming year, Mr. Luongo gives them a small research assignment. It is fairly manageable, because the topics are pre-selected, and the resources are established ahead of time. It is Mr. Luongo's aim to have students focus on reading, rather than the research process. 

The only two resources students will need to consult are the New York Times Room for Debate (NYT) and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (OVRC). If you run out of free articles in the New York Times, search the National Newspapers database for the article you need (it's in the database list). This year's topics follow:

  1. We need to change the culture (NYT) + Bullying (OVRC)
  2. Is Organic Food Worth the Expense?  (NYT) + Organic food (OVRC)
  3. What to do with drivers on the phone? (NYT)  + Texting While Driving (OVRC)
  4. Rejecting the "Real" Family (NYT)  + Same-Sex Marriage (OVRC)
  5. Animals do not Have Rights (NYT)  + Animal Rights  (OVRC)
  6. Not all Drugs are Created Equal (NYT)  + Marijuana (OVRC) 

To access Opposing Viewpoints, please consult the database page at Here is the user name and password to access the database page. 
The ID for Gale products (Opposing Viewpoints is a Gale product) is here
The Gale topics are set up with pro and con essays, then a number of additional articles. 

Students will be expected to document their research process in EasyBib. The school has a premium EasyBib account that can only be accessed through Google Apps (example) You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial). For New York Times resources, use the guidelines below.

This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 

Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:


Here are a few helpful screenshots:
EasyBib Note D

EasyBib Note C

  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • You must share your EasyBib notes with Mr. Luongo. Here's how: 

  • To access opposing Viewpoints Resource Center on your mobile device, download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device.

    Disney Movie Proposal

    Your Assignment

    Post in progress. Please be patient.