Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Corona research paper

This post is in progress
  • The Roaring ‘20s definition and the economic social impacts Rebecca
  • Sacco and Vanzetti  and American immigration Emma
  • Bootlegging and the rise of organized crime Maddie
  • Automobiles  and their symbolism/rising effect over decades Nick 
  • Prohibition and Temperance Matt
  • Charles Lindbergh and Aviation Justin
  • Art and literature (famous works, artists, authors) Maggie
  • Music, Entertainment, Pop Culture, and Fads Andreas
  • Women’s Rights, especially Women’s Suffrage Amanda
  • The KKK—the resurgence Jack
  • Social class and Economic disparity in the 20’s and beyond Joanna
  • The American Dream Eric
  • Conspicuous consumption Connor
  • Failure to Achieve the American Dream Noah
  • Gender roles and stereotypes in the 20’s and beyond Bobby
  • Stock market and its influence in American society in the 20’s and beyond Matt

How to use DestinyQuest on a desktop computer to streamline your research process:

Download the DestinyQuest mobile app to access eBooks on your mobile device

Your database choices will depend on your research questions, so I am breaking this down a bit:
      • Historical:
        • SIRS Decades (primary sources organized by decade)
        • History in Context
        • ABC-CLIO American History
        • Annals of American History (primary sources)
        • Historical Newspapers
      • The impact of gender and socioeconomic class on prosperity in contemporary society (Noah, Connor, Eric, and others???)
        • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
        • National Newspapers
Remember how to correctly copy and paste your database citations into EasyBib!

But it's even easier than that in ABC-CLIO!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Budget Crisis

Nitti, Tony. "The Fiscal Cliff for Dummies." Forbes. October 30, 2012. Accessed May 20, 2013. 

Weisman, Jonathan, and Matthew L. Wald. "G.O.P. Claims Victory as Bill to Curb Flight Delays Passes." New York Times. The New York Times, 27 Apr. 2013. Web. 20 May 2013.

What should be cut in the federal budget?

Scenario: The U.S. Congress is struggling to fund projects they deem important and yet members are also concerned about the mounting debt the U.S. is accruing. What do you recommend? Select one of the following topics and, with a partner, research its contribution and costs to society. Then debate whether the current funding should be retained, increased, or reduced. Each partner should take a different position. Present your debate to the class and use an effective Power Point presentation to illustrate your points.

Possible topics

  • War in Iraq
  • War in Afghanistan
  • Social Security/Medicare
  • Education
  • Medicaid/Health care reform
  • Welfare/Housing/Food
  • Infrastructure/transportation
  • War on terror/national (homeland) security/CIA
  • Science R&D
  • Foreign aid
  • Energy/environment
  • Farm subsidies
  • Arts
What you should include:
  • Describe topic
  • Summary of program
  • Current status
  • % of federal budget
  • Rationale for expenditure
  • Reason for cut

NEW!!! Kate O'Hanlon did some investigating and created these pie charts! Be sure to thank her! Link to her spreadsheet

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To find this information, Kate followed the instructions below:

"What I suggest instead is that you collaborate to create an accurate one. Divvy up the topics, get verifiable numbers for 2010, so that you are comparing apples to apples, enter them all in a spreadsheet and make the graph! Just get your class' strongest math student to input the data, and make the graph while the rest of you go get the information. A great starting point it the federal Office of Management and Budget, but this is also an excellent opportunity to write/call your local congressperson."

I provided a forum below for you to share your research and collaborate.

Consult your NCHS planner (p.41) for school, not personal user name and password

  • Roper iPoll (public opinion survey) Tutorial
  • ABC-CLIO (government, & country studies)
  • Global Issues in Context (international relations)
  • ProQuest Platinum (current news)
  • PowerSearch (current news)
  • CultureGrams (country studies)
Useful US defense spending links Ms. Russo dug up (beware of bias - the publisher or author's, not ours!):

Citing sources:

Keep track of your sources as you go! Consult the Citing menu on

New! Tips from New Canaan (town) Library!
Budget crisis forum (you need to log in to Moodle)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Model UN

Photos of 2012 NCHS Model UN Simulation:

Think about this in very simple terms. There are essentially two phases.

First you have to figure out who you are, as a country. Start by asking yourself "Does my country rock?" Think about it as if your country is a student, and the world is a high school. Where does your country stand in the social (or global, in this instance) hierarchy?
Complete this research guide to answer questions about your country. You will need to Copy the document, Rename It, and Share (CRiS). Instructions follow.

  • Log in with your log in information
  • Click File, then Make a copy, then enter a new name  (Last Name, First Name. Country. Teacher. Period [i.e., Pitt, Brad. Venezuela. Vehslage. C])
  • Don't check "Also copy document collaborators"
  • Click OK
  • Click File, type
  • Click Share, under Add people, type in your group members' names, and your history teacher's name to invite them. Make sure they can edit this document
  • Click Share and save.

You should, at this point, know how to get background information on your country, but just in case, here are recommended Internet sources:

Databases: Remember how to log in to the database page? Page 43 of your NCHS planner

                    Current events: 

    • ABC-CLIO World Geography
    • Countries and Their Cultures
    • World Data Analyst
    • Global Issues in Context

Online catalog: You may remember from earlier projects that we have lots of The History of ______ [country] books. These are great for overviews, and they are available in eBook format in some cases, so you can view them online through Destiny Quest, the online catalog. Download the app.

Now, you need to understand what stance your country will take in its committee on specific issues.


    • Global Issues in Context (see screenshot above)
    • National Newspapers (see screenshots below)

    • Global NewsBank
    • PowerSearch
DISEC (briefing packet)
  1. East Asian Maritime Security
  2. Spillover from Syrian Civil War
  1. Iran
  2. Peaceful Nuclear Energy

SYRIAN ARAB RED CRESCENT (briefing packet)

PRESS CORPS (briefing packet)

  1. New York Times
  2. Wall Street Journal
  3. BBC
  4. ALJazeera
  5. The Onion
  6. FOX News
  7. National Public Radio
Country assignments New! New Canaan Library tips
Click on the link to the Model UN forum below.

Helpful websites:

View History page (only!) in Wikipedia can work as a live record of an international debate over a hot topic. 

Missed something when the delegates visited your class? Here is their presentation:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Start of the Cold War

Mr. Staffaroni's assignment
Mr. Staffaroni's rubric

Getting started with ComicLife (from Ms. Swan)
All computers have ComicLife. If you don’t see it on the program menu, look for Plasq.
Click on it to find ComicLife.

For now, that’s all I know. I’ll check it out further. Foreign characters are possible using the Alt codes such as Alt + 130 = é. Need more help? Click on Help on the ComicLife screen for lots of great tips.

Fakebook link is here:

Log into Destiny, the online catalog to access resources on assigned topics. It is way easier to use the app, if you have an IOS or Droid device. Be sure to log in!
      • Yalta Conference
      • Potsdam Conference
      • Marshall Plan
      • Truman Doctrine
      • Berlin Airlift
 Helpful databases include:
      • Annals of American History
      • ABC-CLIO: American History
      • History in Context
      •  Roper iPoll
Remember, a bibliography is required for this project. Use our primium subscriptions to EasyBib (there's an app for that, and it's linked to Google Apps).

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Things They Carried

Ms. Brown's assignment

Use instructions blow to streamline the process for article location. Then you will be able to focus more attention on the writing assignment.

Please use EasyBib to track your sources. Watch video below to learn how to copy and paste your database citations so that they are correct in your final bibliography.

You can reach beyond Opposing Viewpoints in Context and customize your own search in NewsStand's advanced search. This is a good example:

To edit the document below, click here

To edit this document, click here

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

World War II Turning Points

Ms. Macomber's assignment
Mr. Phillips' assignment

User name and Password info in your planner

      • ABC-CLIO World at War
      • History in Context
      • Historical New York Times

Step 1: Overview
You should use all three resources. There is a reason for this. ABC-CLIO: World at War will give you an encyclopedic overview of your turning point. This is an important first step. Use this phase to collect keywords - proper nouns, such as people and places - and also dates. The dates become critical in the research process later on. Your assignment lists the year of your turning point, but you need specific day and month information. 

Step 2: Evidence
Use History in Context to search for your collected keywords. This will generate more specific detail about your turning point. Approach your research as if it were your task to demonstrate with factual evidence that your turning point was THE most important one on the list. Look for clues that would support that argument. It will make your research more interesting, and your lesson more engaging. 

Step 3: Details
Once you've understood the details of what made your turning point a critical one in the war, comb newspapers (Historical Newspapers) from that era for human interest stories or anecdotes - stories about bravery, heroism, cowardice, triumph, defeat - stories that will trigger a personal, emotional connection with the information you are sharing.
Note: Turning points in history are not always evident "in the moment", and certainly not in the events that lead to a pivotal moment. So historical newspapers won't necessarily report events in the language that appears in your assignment. 

There are instances where the media covers something other than what becomes historically significant. Consider the events that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, for example. It was a major event in the War on Terror, but the news coverage that led up to it did not necessarily described it as such. Here are a few examples of critical stories about events that led the CIA to find Osama bin Ladenbut they don't specifically mention the War on Terror. That's why it is important to acquire a knowledge base that ranges from the broad to the specific - so you can tweak your search strategy (keywords) to locate information that is relevant to your inquiry.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Arab Spring

Mr. Phillips assignment

Mr. Phillips recommends (these are all cataloged in Destiny under Digital Resources):

Questions to consider:

1. History of the protests

  • When did protests begin?
  • What were/are people protesting?
  • How did the government respond?
  • What has been the result?

2. Situation Today

  • What is happening in your country now?
  • Who is in charge of the government?
  • Will there be elections? If so, when?
  • What key challenges does the country face today?

3. Point of View/Responses

  • Have international organizations (for example, the Arab League, the UN, or NATO) or other countries been involved in events in your country? If so, how?
  • What has been the position of the United States on the events in your country?
  • How would both sides characterize what has happened in your country? Would they call it a revolution?
As mentioned above, all the websites Mr. Phillips recommended are indexed in Destiny, along with additional websites that will be useful. We don't advise you to use eBooks or print books - things are changing too fast. Online news sources will best meet your needs - read on.

You will save time by using the following periodical databases. They will cross-search current news publications - newspapers and magazines:

      • ProQuest National Newspapers
      • NewsStand
      • PowerSearch
Use # hashtag to search Twitter.
Click on image below to see how it works.
Translation tool for above (you can enter a URL and it will translate the whole site

To use Twitter for this project, we recommend a few things:
  1. Open a TweetDeck or HootSuite account to manage your streams
  2. Click on links! You can't base your research on 140 character messages.
  3. To find links to Facebook pages about unrest, keep an eye out for URLs that include fb like  
BEWARE! This is the real world and there may be inappropriate content including violent images. Be responsible. Use Babelfish to translate.

The View History tab in Wikipedia can work as a primary source - it is a chronicle of an international discussion about a subject - a global scale attempt to establish objective truth. The discussion is fiery in places: 

Edits are shown from newest to oldest. Each edit takes up one line which shows; time & date, the contributor's name or IP and the edit summary, as well as other diagnostic information. Let's look at some of the functions of this page:

  1. The "View History" tab is highlighted and "Revision history" is appended to the page name. Notice that you can't make wikilinks to this extended page name – to make a link to the history page, copy the URL from the browser address bar when viewing the history page, and paste it between single square brackets (external link format) to make the link.
  2. The year and month fields allow a quick jump when the page has many revisions. After entering a year and/or selecting a month, click the "Go" button to the right.
  3. The "Tag filter" restricts the display to show only those edits that have been tagged by an edit filter. For example, "references removed" may be entered here. After entering a tag name, click the "Go" button to the right.
  4. The "deleted only" checkbox will only display RevisionDeleted edits.
  5. A line of links to external tools.[further explanation needed] The available tools vary between wikis.
  6. These links take you to the most recent edits (Latest), oldest edits (Earliest) or the next or previous page of edits (Next n / Previous n). Note that the black text in brackets will become links, when applicable.
  7. The blue numbers list the number of edits displayed on a page - 20, 50, 100, 250 or 500. A higher number increases the length of a page but reduces the number of pages. The number you select replaces n in the links to the previous or next pages e.g. (Next 100 / Previous 100).
  8. (cur) takes you to a diff page, showing the difference between that edit and the current version. The current revision appears below the changes, so you can see how the page is now rendered.
  9. (prev) takes you to a diff page showing the changes between that edit and the previous version. The most recent version (the one on the same line as the "last" you clicked on) appears below the changes, so you can see how the page was rendered.
  10. The two columns of radio buttons can be used to select any two versions on the page. The current selection is marked by a special background. The two most recent versions are selected by default when you first view the history (that is why they appear framed and have a different background, see horizontal area around 4 and 6). Let's say you want to compare the versions corresponding to numbers 10 & 11 on the image. First, click the left radio button next to number 11. The right column of buttons will then fill as far as number 11. Then click the right button next to number 10. Finally click Compare selected versions. This takes you to a diff page showing the changes between the two versions. The most recent version (in this case number 10) appears below the changes, so you can see how the page was rendered.
  11. This gives the time and date of the edit, expressed in local time according to the preference setting. The date and time link to the version of that day and time. Thus the first line links to the version that was current at the time of loading this revision history, and therefore the result may differ from that of following the link on the page margin to the current version. Even if the page has not changed in the meantime, the message with id 'Revision-info' (talk) appears.
  12. The username or IP of the contributor appears here.
  13. m stands for minor edit.
  14. The size of the page in bytes (roughly corresponding to characters)
  15. The difference in size between this revision and the previous revision. A green number with a plus sign (+1,864) indicates that the edit added this number of bytes (roughly corresponding to characters) to the page, while a red number with a minus sign (-29) indicates removal. See more at Wikipedia:Added or removed characters.
  16. This is the edit summary. It is the text the user wrote in the edit summary box (below the edit box).
  17. This edit summary begins with an arrow link and grey text. This means the user has only edited a section of the page (named in the grey text). This text is automatically added when you edit a section. A standard edit summary can be added by the user. This appears in black text.